Badmotorfinger [25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]

Badmotorfinger [25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]

by Soundgarden

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Badmotorfinger [25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]

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 abolish 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. [The 2016 reissue of Soundgarden's breakthrough Badmotorfinger arrives in two separate formats: a double-CD set that contains a disc of outtakes and live performances. Apart from "New Damage," which features Queen's Brian May on guitar, all the studio outtakes are unproduced early takes on the album, which are interesting but not as powerful as the finished record. The live material is better, capturing the band's aggression and muscle, and having the complete show on the Super Deluxe edition -- both on CD and DVD -- is nice.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2016
Label: A&M
UPC: 0602557150292
catalogNumber: 002569902
Rank: 3931

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Performance Credits

Soundgarden   Primary Artist
Matt Cameron   Drums,Group Member
Chris Cornell   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Scott Granlund   Saxophone
Ernst Long   Trumpet
Ben Shepherd   Bass
Damon Stewart   Narrator
Kim Thayil   Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

Soundgarden   Producer
Michael Beinhorn   Producer
Matt Cameron   Composer
Chris Cornell   Composer
Terry Date   Producer,Engineer
Denney Goodhew   Drawing
Scott Granlund   Drawing
Ben Shepherd   Composer
Kim Thayil   Composer
Joe Hadlock   Engineer
Jeff Fura   Reissue Producer
Bryan Huttenhower   Sound Advisor
Josh Graham   Art Direction

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