On September 5, 1989, Soundgarden released their second album, Louder Than Love. This classic album didn't do a lot on the charts, and it's suspected to be partly due to the Parental Advisory that was placed on the packaging. Not all the lyrics were suitable for young listeners, so someone felt this was necessary.
The album had three singles, "Loud Love", "Get On The Snake" -which was released for promotion purposes only, and "Hands All Over."
I noticed something very quickly about this album, it's extremely political, and I feel like that was something of a trend in the late 80s. It may not have been, but I seem to notice it quite a bit. Because of that, and assumably their pretty awesome instrumentals, I can understand how Soundground rose to the fame they hold today.
However, I unfortunately cannot say this was my cup of tea. There's honestly nothing wrong with the album, at all. Its perfectly fine, but to me, that's all it is -fine. Given its not my usual taste in music, I tend to gravitate award from political music, or much of anything from this time period, for some unknown reason.
If pressed to pick songs that stood out though, I would have to vote for, "Loud Love", and "Full on Kevin's Mom".
"Loud Love" actually is rather empowering, so this one I have to give full credit to. Plus, it feels rather relevant to our current situation here in the US. It's about wanting people to speak up, and take a stand. They don't want silence, they want to hear what's wrong and see people do something about it.
As for "Full On Kevin's Mom", it's a rather funny track, about a band of brothers, it says. "You don't get nothing for free, Kev & me were two of three. Three brothers tw the end -then one went full on Kevin's mom, and now things have changed." I feel like this was written out of sheer boredom one day, and caused a lot of laughter. Which is why it stood out to me, it's nice hearing the fun in music sometimes.
I think I made it pretty clear how I feel about the album, it's not that special to me. You may feel differently though, so I highly recommend checking it out for yourself. I'm going to look more into Soundgarden, so please stay tuned for that. Reviews for all of their albums that came after this will be coming soon.
Also please be sure to head on over to Soundgarden's official website to see everything they have going on. They are going to be headlining many of the festivals happening here shortly in the US. Starting with 98 Rockfest on April 28 in Tampa, FL. From there, they will also perform at Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Rock On The Range, and Rocklahoma. For further information, please visit the respective festival websites.
All reviews have the date they were written, the album title, and the band's name, with the exception of Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. Those dates were guessed at, as they were written well before the website began.