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THE GRUNGE MATCH - 118

Match 118:

Alice In Chains "Voices" (2013)
Nirvana "Moist Vagina" (1993)
Pearl Jam "My Father's Son"  (2013)
Soundgarden "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again)" (1989)

"Voices" gets off to a great start with a muscular and catchy verse, but the chorus is watered down.  It's not horrible, but it feels like they dulled the edge of the blade and then pulled their punch when hitting you with the flat part of it.  What I'm trying to say with this tortured metaphor is it could have been better if they weren't trying to make it a radio single.  Just beef up the chorus and the bridge a little...just a little...and it gets so much better.  Instead we're left with merely okay.

Kurt Cobain moans the opening lyric of this song in as low a pitch as his voice can muster.  Then the second line is an octave higher.  Then the next is about...half a scale?  (Is that a thing?  I got a D in theory.)  It sounds like this song was a half-hearted attempt to write a song similar to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" self-sabotaged with un-airable lyrics and an insufferable moan on loop through the last 30 seconds.  Yeah, take that record company (who still put it out as a B-Side to "All Apologies").

"My Father's Son" sounds like something that could have made any album between "Vs." and "No Code".  It's got a sweet 5/4 bridge with implied Caribbean flair and it's definitely a hard charger.  "Lightning Bolt" continues to impress.

Soundgarden busts out a gritty, grindy version of Sly & The Family Stone here.  Considering they did a passable job with "Fopp" the year prior, this wasn't far out of the realm of possibility.  Pretty much take what you pictured Soundgarden covering this song would have sounded like and make it just a little more simplistic.  Just a smidge.  There, now you know how this sounds.  (Also, sloppy Hiro Yamamoto bass solo out of nowhere.)

"My Father's Son": 4
"Thank You (etc.)": 3
"Voices": 2
"Moist Vagina": 1

TOTALS:

Soundgarden: 322
Alice In Chains: 305
Pearl Jam: 296
Nirvana: 256

And then there were nine!

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