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Superunknown (20th Anniversary)

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With Superunknown, Soundgarden left grunge behind for good. Arriving just as Nirvana were in their death throes and Pearl Jam were becoming increasingly weary of life in the spotlight, Soundgarden’s fourth album eagerly seized the mantle for arena-ready alternative rock. From the bone-cracking thrust of “My Wave” to the Beatlesesque power ballad “Black Hole Sun” to the doomy metallic monster “4th of July,” Superunknown blew Soundgarden’s musical scope wide open and foregrounded their latent pop sensibility—but not at the expense of the band’s essential, mosh-pit-baiting heaviosity.

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One of the Best Rock Albums I’ve Ever Listened To

This came out in my college years. I still listen to this at least 2-3 times a year. It reminds me of the Grunge music and clothing and every thing that was right and wrong with that period. (So glad we don’t dress like that any more) It reminds me of MTV when they actually played music and music videos. The passion, anger, love and all the emotions that 20 somethings feel in the extremes are wrapped up in every song on this masterpiece. I can’t recommend it enough.

Soundgarden, Solo, Audiosoave, Temple …or whatever it is, its NECESSARY.

I dont wanna live in a world without Chris Cornell singing in it.

Way out of date but SO SO GOOD

Let me just say that I'm 15 years old now (2014) and I LOVE this album. I've recently gotten very into the whole '90s grunge scene (Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Temple of the Dog, and most of all, Mother Love Bone) and Soundgarden is right up there with my favorites. The angst and raw emotion in it is incredible, and paired with Chris Cornell's seriously incredible vocal range, it's seriously spine tingling. Black Hole Sun, Spoonman, Kickstand, Superunknown, and Like Suicide are my favorites, although none of it is anything approaching bad. Listening to this album honestly makes me feel like I was born 20 years too late. Too bad that Chris Cornell lost his incredible voice and panache., but at least we have this to remember what it once was.


Formed: 1984 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '10s

Soundgarden made a place for heavy metal in alternative rock. Their fellow Seattle rockers Green River may have spearheaded the grunge sound, but they relied on noise rock in the vein of the Stooges. Similarly, Jane's Addiction were too fascinated with prog rock and performance art to appeal to a wide array of metal fans. Soundgarden, however, developed directly out of the grandiose blues-rock of Led Zeppelin and the sludgy, slow riffs of Black Sabbath. Which isn't to say they were a straight-ahead...
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