Bidding for a popular breakthrough with their second major-label album, Soundgarden suddenly developed a sense of craft, with the result that Badmotorfinger became far and away their most fully realized album to that point. Pretty much everything about Badmotorfinger is a step up from its predecessors -- the production is sharper and the music more ambitious, while the songwriting takes a quantum leap in focus and consistency. In so doing, the band abolishes the murky meandering that had often plagued them in the past, turning in a lean, muscular set that signaled their arrival in rock's big leagues. Conventional wisdom has it that despite platinum sales, Badmotorfinger got lost amid the blockbuster success of Nevermind and Ten (all were released around the same time). But the fact is that, though they're all great records, Badmotorfinger is much less accessible by comparison. Not that it isn't melodic, but it also sounds twisted and gnarled, full of dissonant riffing, impossible time signatures, howling textural solos, and weird, droning tonalities. It's surprisingly cerebral and arty music for a band courting mainstream metal audiences, but it attacks with scientific precision. Part of that is due to the presence of new bassist Ben Shepherd, who gives the band its thickest rhythmic foundation yet -- and, moreover, immediately shoulders the departed Hiro Yamamoto's share of songwriting duties. But it's apparent that the whole band has greatly expanded the scope of its ambitions. And Badmotorfinger fulfills them, pulling all the different threads of the band's sound together into a mature, confident, well-written record. This is heavy, challenging hard rock full of intellectual sensibility and complex band interplay. And with their next album, Soundgarden would learn how to make it fully accessible to mainstream audiences as well.
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Performance CreditsSoundgarden Primary Artist
Matt Cameron Drums,Group Member
Chris Cornell Guitar,Vocals
Scott Granlund Saxophone
Ernst Long Trumpet
Ben Shepherd Bass,Group Member
Damon Stewart Narrator
Kim Thayil Guitar,Group Member
Technical CreditsSoundgarden Producer
Mark Dancey Cover Art
Terry Date Producer,Engineer
Terry Dale Producer
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OK so in the '80s bands such as Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden got no attention and were barely known due to the fact of hair metal scene, hard rock, and Thrash Metal. But when it was the '90s, Seattle bands also known as "Grunge" bands was their time. Nirvana and Pearl Jam took this name in with pride with their top selling albums "Nevermind and "Ten". But Soundgarden and Alice In Chains didn't want to be considered "Grunge" bands, just becuase they too were from Seattle doesn't mean they wanted to fall into the same category as Pearl Jam and Nirvana. If you listen to "Ten" or "Nevermind" and compare it to Soundgarden's "Badmotorfinger" You will hear that Badmotorfinger is the polar opposite of "Ten and "Nevermind". Guitars are heavier and a bit tuned down to D. Not only that Chris Cornell and Kim Thayil's guitars have a crunchy awesome sound you will hear good examples from track 2 "Outshined" and track 4 "Jesus Christ Pose" and more. But songs on this album differ at times, it'll go from light sounding to heavy in mere minutes which indeed is awesome. Kim's Lead playing is very well done and chunky sounding but his solos with the wah-wah pedals are very awesome, a good example is track 11 "Holy Water". This album is well proportioned and it shouldn't be labeled as a "Grunge" CD. In fact I favor Soundgarden and Alice In Chains more than I do Pearl Jam and Nirvana. I fyou like more metallic sound you would agree with me also. Nirvana sounds to pop-grunge sounding and Pearl Jam is good but at times puts me to sleep. Soundgarden is in your face sounding and excites you. Buy this CD, you will love it.
This is full metal. Guitars, vocals have been carefully made. The riffs are strong and songs have great lyrics. Peaceful song "Mind Riot" and "Searching With My Good Eye Closed" are the only ones that break this perfection. This is an album for all who like strong and heavy riffs.