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Down On The Upside [CD]

Soundgarden Audio CD
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“When I think of Soundgarden, I think of a sound, I think of one entity, one organic thing,” says singer and guitarist Chris Cornell, “but I guess that the exciting part is that it’s always been really varied.”

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  • Audio CD (20 May 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B000002G5K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,310 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Zero Chance 4:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Dusty 4:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ty Cobb 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Blow Up The Outside World 5:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Burden In My Hand 4:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Never Named 2:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Applebite 5:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Never The Machine Forever 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Tighter & Tighter 6:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. No Attention 4:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Switch Opens 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Overfloater 5:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. An Unkind 2:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Boot Camp 2:590.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Overlooked 1996 studio album, features 'Pretty Noose' & 'Burden In My Hand'

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars kings of grunge 2 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
for me down on the upside is one of the best albums of the 90,s
as a listener it has always kept me gripped from start to finish.This is a bunch of great musicians experimenting on there landmark album SUPERUNKOWN,and by doing that they create some very intelligent and intense rock music.Every band out there creating music needs to listen to soundgarden THEY DONT MAKE THEM LIKE THIS ANYMORE.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much of the same, but then that's no bad thing. 19 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Having been introduced to Soundgarden through Superunknown, this album came as no surprise. I was expecting something a little different having heard the transition from Badmotorfinger to Superunkown, but once I'd listened to it a few times it started to shine with a sound all it's own. Highlights include opener 'Pretty Noose', 'Dusty' and 'Tighter and Tighter'. Even though Superunknown was the more critically acclaimed album, I would put this on the same level. Also, if you like the quieter moments, then check out Chris Cornell's solo album, 'Euphoria Morning', that will simply blow you away.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Giving everything they own 21 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
Lets abandon the fruitless comparisons and labelling of this to earlier records of the "Grunge" viene. The truth is, Soundgarden were slowing down, and they knew that this would be their last. For this reason they were bound to turn to their own experiments and search for another direction on their own. This brings the disjointed nature of 'Ty Cobb' and the slightly misguided 'Never named'. Of course we looked for Cornell's lushous syrupy lyrics and at times he doesn't dissapoint, but to ask for "Superunknown 2" would be a tragic waste of talent. It retains the essential, infinate quality of every Soundgarden album. I can listen to the album endlessly and each time I find something new. The thoughtful and melodic 'Zero Chance' and 'Switch Opens' being these overlooked, hidden mysteries. They resonate deep sadness that makes this an essential album for any fan of their unique and unmistakable charm. Its an album for all seasons with the racous and thumping 'No Attention', the pensive 'Boot Camp', the reflective 'Burden in my hand' and the tuneful and radio rocking 'Pretty Noose'. Talent shines through in every lick and thump and Im left wondering of the complexities of their poetry. This album can never sprout the same boredom or familiarity of 'Nevermind' or 'Dirt', and this is where the album's power lies. Its difficult to entirley warm to imediatly but given a little time 'Down on the Upside'proves to be the most rewarding of albums. All experiments have their flaws, but look beyond some isolated weaknesses and this is a truly wonderful music experience. They leave you wanting more, as any great artist would. They avoided the grinding routine of Pearl Jam's recent years and the endlessly dissapointing final Smashing Pumpkins work. They left on a high note, and that should be respected as a rarity in modern rock. This truly is their highest note of all. Thankyou Soundgarden.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Soundgarden album 1 Oct 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This is one of the only albums I have that really impressed me from the start. It open brilliantly with "Pretty Noose", in my opinion, the best track on the album, but you won't be dissapointed because the rest of the album is very innovative and exciting. Chris Cornell's vocals are brilliant as usual. Other stand out tracks are "Burden in My Hand" and "Tighter And Tighter". I have yet to hear Chris' solo album and it will definately be the next CD I buy. This is more brilliance from Soundgarden.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked! 24 Nov 2012
Format:Audio Cassette|Verified Purchase
What more can I say, old school Soundgarden cassette blasting on the way to the beach, loving it more and more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soundgarden at its best 3 May 2000
Format:Audio CD
Needless to say if you're a Soundgarden fan you won't be disappointed by this record. It's similar to their other stuff, but has a charm all of its own. I generally notice that people rate Superunknown higher, but personally I think this is just about on a par. I bought this something like 5 years ago now, and it still sounds fresh and different today. If you like this check out Temple of the Dog (Chris Cornell sings in this one-off album with other members of Pearl Jam) and Chris Cornell's solo record 'Euphoria Morning'. Just out of interest I noticed recently that he co-wrote some of the tracks on Alice Cooper's 'The Last Temptation', in fact some of the best tracks on there - the man's a musical genius! I hope that the other members put out solo material/play with other bands as I'd love to get hold of some of their stuff (especially Kim Thayil).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 Class Songs!! 3 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
Ignore what other people say about this album. It had a lot of expectations to live up to, as people thought that i was gonna be the next In Utero. Unfortunatley it wasn't, but it still a great album. Here Soundgarden have continued in the footsteps of Superunknown, turning away from metal and more into rock, and all the tracks are in different styles than Badmotorfinger (e.g. slow, heavy, fast, grungy etc.). This album will keep you hooked until track 16. Buy it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 15 April 2014
Format:Audio CD
As an avid Soundgarden fan, when I first listened to this album, I just didn't get it. One or two tunes seemed pretty good, the rest were underwhelming. It then sat on a shelf for a couple of years.

Two years later, I gave it another try. I am now of the opinion that it is unmitigated genius - of an order of magnitude that my brain was simply unable to comprehend upon first hearing it.

The controlled aggression that builds to a crescendo, the abstract and deep lyrics, musical complexity with lots of spice and a middle-eastern sitar-type sound in some of the songs. Melancholy, beautiful and haunting. This is the apex of the band's evolutionary process (prior to King Animal).

There is just so much packed into this album. You really have to spend time with it and listen a few times. This one just grows and grows on you. The style does not grab you like earlier albums, it is much more nuanced and subtle, yet just as rewarding.

I really rate this as one of the all-time greats.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better Late Than Never....
It has taken me seventeen years to realise just how great 'Down On The Upside' is, and i only gave it another chance because the reunion was on the cards. Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick delivery
Not heard this album before so it was good to get a listen to it. The delivery was before stated so I was very happy to receive that early
Published 12 months ago by Kris Dudley
5.0 out of 5 stars A decent album from grunge giants!!
This is a pretty good album from the kings of grunge, however I still think the Badmortorfinger and SuperUnknown albums are the best, Superunkown is one of the greatest grunge... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. Joel S. Greenhalgh
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a gift
This was a present for my dad for his birthday! He really enjoys listening to this in the car and in the house!
Published 16 months ago by Holly
2.0 out of 5 stars Bland and boring
This album is rather bland and boring overall and doesn't reach the quality of earlier Soundgarden records. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2012 by abb1812
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundgarden - Down on the Upside
Soundgarden's last gasp produced a classic rock album, that fits both as the natural progression of the band's sound, and as a standalone rock album that would attract a new... Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2007 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Down on the Upside - Soundgarden
Down on the upside, released in 1996 was Soundgarden's final installment and followed in the footsteps of Superunknown. Read more
Published on 11 April 2003 by Catherine Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars what do you mean, their best?
For those of you who said that this is the best Soundgarden album yet have obviousley forgotten what Superunknown sounded like. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2002 by Jamal
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