Reprinted without permission from The Globe And Mail,
May 25, 1996
SOUNDGARDEN: DOWN ON THE UPSIDE
This self-produced effort lacks the high-gloss finish that producer Michael Beinhorn brought to the band's breakthrough album, Superunknown, but it still cruises along nicely on the strength of Kim Thayil's chopped and channeled riffs and Chris Cornell's post-metal, predepressive wailing. There's a taste of boogie, a little thrash, and smidgens of Beatle-esque pop psychedelia and Zeppelin-esque mysticism woven through the heaviness, and Cornell's raging vocals and apocalyptic lyrics come through with energy and flashes of wit, even as the hooks pile up like car wrecks.