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CD Review: Superunknown by Soundgarden

Updated on July 29, 2012

Superunknown Album and Other Soundgarden Albums

Soundgarden: Superunknown

This being one of my favorite albums of all time, I figured I would do a review on it. If you like grunge, you must check out Soundgarden. This is a perfect album to test run too, because it is Soundgarden in their prime.

1. Let Me Drown -- This is the perfect opening to the album, it sets the tone for what the rest of the album is going to be like. The vocals are superb and the music is great. Good for anyone who likes to bang their head to music. As always, the lyrics are genius.

2. My Wave -- This is one of those songs I don't always listen to, but when I do it is a treat. The lyrics are very meaningful. Here is the opening verse: "Take if you want a slice, if you want a piece, if it feels all right. Bang if you like the sound, if it gets you up, if it takes you down. Share if it makes you sleep, if it sets you free, if it helps you breathe." The rest of the lyrics are great too, I personally love the lyrics of the verses. The music is very good but I think the main focus is on his voice and the lyrics.

3. Fell On Black Days -- Ah yes, I grew up listening to this song. It is very... groovy to me. Mellow for the most part, and really fun to try and sing. I also love the guitar in this song. But his voice really gets me, because it is mellow but then switches to his screaming signature sound flawlessly.

4. Mailman -- This is a song I was not too fond of in the beginning, but after listening to it a lot, it has really grown to be one of my favorites of this album. The guitar is deep, thick, and a little haunting, although simple. The vocals, once again, are superb, especially at the end when he really kicks it into gear. The lyrics here are again very good, although I am not really sure what he is talking about. But then, most of his lyrics take a lot of thought to understand.

5. Superunknown -- As the name of the album, one expects this song to be spectacular. It definitely delivers. The tune is very easy to get stuck in your head and the lyrics, like My Wave are very meaningful. Here are some: "If this isn't what you see, doesn't make you blind. If this doesn't make you feel, doesn't mean you've died. If you don't want you be seen, well you don't have to hide. And if you don't want to believe, you don't have to try to feel alive. Alive in the superunknown, alive in the superunknown, alive in the superunknown, first it steals your mind and then it steals your soul." The music is great and the vocals go along with the music perfectly. The harmonies in this song really make it.

6. Head Down -- This is one of those songs I hardly ever listen to. It is still a great song, I just don't really care for it. It is classic Soundgarden, though, having a weird-sounding song on their album. It really shows off a different part of his voice and a different way of singing. Some of the harmonies in this song are very whimsical and somewhat psychedelic. The last minute or so is honestly the best part of the song, it ends with just music, and I love listening to the drum beat is this part of the song.

7. Black Hole Sun -- Another song I grew up listening to! This was once my favorite song, when I was about ten or so. The lyrics, again, are brilliant. The tune will get stuck in your head; I've had it stuck for days before. The guitar is insane, the drums are insane, the vocals are insane, this song is just insane! It is a little bit overplayed, but it is still a great song.

8. Spoonman -- Oh, Spoonman. "Feel the rhythm with your hands, steal the rhythm while you can, Spoonman." They actually got a guy off the street from Seattle to come and play the spoons for them in this song. I never knew utensils could sound so cool! This is another song that plays over and over in my head. The guitar is so catchy, and it is a good song to just play loud and jam to. The spoons go really well with the song, and the guitar solo is great. You honestly will be amazed by the spoons, and will probably end up grabbing some and trying to play them after listening to this song. I know I usually do.

9. Limo Wreck -- Like Mailman, I did not start to appreciate this song until I listened to it more, and now it is another one of my favorites from them. It takes a while to get into the song, but once it kicks in, it is an onslaught of musicality and vocals! The lyrics are brilliant, here are some of the opening lyrics: "Tears of the feeble, hands of the slaves. Skin of the mothers, mouths of the babes. Building the towers belongs to the sky, when the whole thing comes crashing down don't ask me why. Don't ask me why." After listening to this song, I usually wish I could sing like Chris Cornell, even though I am a girl.

10. The Day I Tried To Live -- I love the guitar in this song! I don't really know what to say about this one except that it is awesome. The drum beat is catchy, the verses are groovy, and the chorus is an onslaught of Cornell's signature scream singing. One of my favorite lyrics happens to be in this song, "The lives we make, never seem to ever get us anywhere but dead."

11. Kickstand -- This is another song that I hardly listen to. It is very upbeat and features Cornell singing in a different way than he does in the other songs. It is a good song, although it is only about a minute and thirty seconds long.

12. Fresh Tendrils -- I love the guitar and the vocals in the beginning of this song. The vocals throughout the song, though, really show how talented of a singer he is; the notes are everywhere and he executes them perfectly. This is one of those songs where you pretty much just listen to him sing with your mouth gaping open.

13. 4th of July -- The harmonies and the deep, thick, guitar sound are what really make this song. It is one of my favorite songs of all time. The heavy riff really matches the tone the lyrics of this song portray. And the singing is just amazing. I could listen to this song on repeat for hours. In fact, I think I just might.

14. Half -- This is another one of those weird songs that Soungarden insists on putting on their albums. It's another short song at around two minutes and twenty seconds. The tune is catchy, but the singing is just downright strange. The last fifty seconds or so, though, has nice guitar work and is actually somewhat relaxing, oddly enough.

15. Like Suicide -- This is the perfect song to end this album with. It is the longest song and has some strangeness, awesome vocals, excellent guitar work and drums, and meaningful lyrics. It has some of what each of the other songs has, all rolled up into a seven-minute song. This is another one of those songs that makes me, even though I am a girl, wish I could sing like him.

If you like grunge, or Soundgarden and do not have this album, I definitely recommend it!


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      Alex Munkachy 5 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Nice review on one of my favorite albums. Analyzing the lyrics or maybe posting YouTube videos for all the songs might add some interesting content to your article.

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      Hannahr 5 years ago from Crowley, TX

      I was listening to the album when I got the notification of your comment! Thanks for reading, and I really appreciate the feedback! I'm anxiously awaiting their new album...

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      Joshua Patrick 5 years ago from Texas

      I woke the same as any other day

      you know I shoulda stayed in bed

      I was listening to this last night when I was hanging with my friends - voted up and across!