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Ten years after crawling from the muck and mire of the Seattle grunge scene, Soundgarden's farewell compilation hits all the high points of an impressive career. Nirvana may have taken grunge public, but Soundgarden got there first. Starting with the grinding of SCREAMING LIFE's "Nothing To Say," A-SIDES demonstrates the band's evolution from muscular musical brutes to a unit whose might was tailored by an innovative use of hooks and melodicism.
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On here you get the Best bits of a long career fronted by Chris Cornell (now of supergroup Audioslave.
All the tracks a apart from tracks 1-3 are of very high quality, From the hard Grumble of "jesus christ pose" to the deep and depressing "fell on black days" other highlights include "black hole sun","pretty noose","the day i tried to live" all anthems.
Soundgarden might not be for blink 182,linkin park lovers,but anyone who likes rock music with a hard and meaningful edge should check this out.
While they wern't about for long, they were pretty influential. This is an awesome album and really is their best works. My favourite songs on the album are pretty noose, burden in my hand and blow up the outside world.
Catchy grunge, obvious talent, great voice, good style variation between songs, some cheesy lyrics (e.g. Outshined). 17 tracks too.
Big point I must make: Their SuperUnknown album is better than this greatest hits. Buy that instead (or as well). It is superb in my opinion.
Songs like Jesus Christ Pose and Outshined have a heavy crunch unique to Soundgarden while Blow Up the Outside World and Pretty Noose are surprisingly melodic and give as show us a different side to the band. The Highlights for me though are Loud Love and Nothing to Say. These earlier cuts have a rawer feel and are enough for me to look into Soundgarden's earlier albums. The riff to Loud Love is fantastic and Nothing to Say is a landmark grunge song.
All in all, great riffs, great vocals and for a fiver, this is a great place to start.
Kicking off with the brooding "Nothing To Say" (check out that heavy-as-sin bass line), the first few tracks showcase the 'Garden's earlier efforts, but it's only when you get to the "Badmotorfinger" era and onward that the full force of Soundgarden hits you (I'm going to overlook "Black Hole Sun"), from the brutal "Jesus Christ Pose" and "Outshined" to the (comparatively) light "Day I Tried To Live", Fell On Black Days" and Burden In My Hand".
This is an awesome starting point for getting into Soundgarden and will lure you into buying more of their back catalogue (do it, it's money well spent).
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Excellent Album from an excellent band! If you don't have this in your rock collection I recommend you get it!Published 2 months ago by That Montrose Bloke
This is a good album but nothing really stands out in my mind. I've listened to this album a few times but there wasn't anything that really gripped mePublished 18 months ago by Vixx H
Hit and miss this album, but tracks like Loud Love, Nothing to Say, Jesus Christ Pose, Fell on black days, Rusty Cage and a few others are awesome timeless classics. Read morePublished on 22 May 2010 by Mr. R. J. Aston
this a great album well worth a fiver but the first tracks are not great quality but they are about 23 years old. Read morePublished on 11 April 2010 by Mr. J. A. Nadin