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  • This is Soundgarden at their peak — it’s Superunknown minus the pop sheen. Cornell’s range is twisted to superhuman heights. Thayil, as usual, comes up with some awesome colors and riffs. Ben and Matt lock-in and ride a groove like a freight train.The album definitely has a particular “sound” to it that underscores every song: It is aggressive, heavy and raw, and yet it is also refined, complex and cerebral. Cornell’s lyrics are never simply sung, but rather delivered like the gospel of hard rock.Jesus Christ Pose is perhaps the best single performance of the decade by a four-piece rock band. Searching With My Good Eye Closed sounds like a muscled up renovation of Into the Void. Johnny Cash covered Rusty Cage which is about all that needs to be said about that song.There are several other classics on the album. If you haven’t heard this album, you can’t fully appreciate Soundgarden’s genius.

    Posted on February 9, 2010