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Match 015:

Alice In Chains "Right Turn" (1992)
Nirvana "Come As You Are" (1991)
Pearl Jam "Glorified G" (1993)
Soundgarden "Mood For Trouble" (1988)

Alice Mudgarden in full effect here.   (The song has Alice In Chains, Chris Cornell from Soundgarden and Mark Arm from Mudhoney on it, and is credited as being performed by Alice Mudgarden in the liner notes.)  "Right Turn" has an okay bridge, and the chorus is decent when everybody is belting it out at the end, but everything else about this song just screams generic acoustic jam session.

Here's another one that I'm still somehow not quite sick of in spite of it being as common as running water for a quarter of a century.  "Come As You Are" has an irresistibly dark guitar riff that is basic as hell, but fits so perfectly for the sinister tone it's trying to set.  And in a slight subversion of trope, they don't kick on the distortion until the bridge, so it's not just quiet verse and loud chorus.  But still, I find myself digging this song as much as I did when I heard it the first time.  (Also, I'd describe it more, but you've either heard it by now or aren't into rock music.  Both are equally likely at this point.)

"Glorified G" takes the macho gun culture to task, but it seems awkward as hell.  It's twangy and seems disjointed to the point where it doesn't seem like it should work but somehow still does, mainly on the strength of the bridge where Vedder yells his fucking head off.  It's an odd bird of a song, yet still catchy.  A song that was a baffling level of popular on 90's rock radio when you stop to think about it.

"Mood For Trouble" starts out like there's going to be some troubadour shit going on and Chris Cornell's gonna ride in on a horse and belt out a story song, but the song itself is pretty lackluster.  I can't understand a damn word Cornell is singing, the slower parts, while a welcome reprieve from the somewhat generic "verses" I guess you'd call them, really kill any momentum the song might've had, and actually yeah, now that I think about it those verses sound like a shitty ripoff of "Achilles Last Stand".

This was quite a bit easier to judge than yesterday:

"Come As You Are": 4
"Glorified G": 3
"Right Turn": 2
"Mood For Trouble": 1


Pearl Jam: 53
Alice In Chains: 39
Nirvana: 35
Soundgarden: 23

Ooh...Nirvana's creeping up on Alice In Chains...Could be two or three matches before they overtake them...Come back to find out!


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