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THE GRUNGE MATCH - 113

Match 113:

Alice In Chains "Private Hell" (2009)
Nirvana "Oh, The Guilt" (1992)
Pearl Jam "Speed Of Sound" (2009)
Soundgarden "Blind Dogs" (1995)

"Private Hell" has always been too slight to make an impression on me.  The drums sound weaker than the rest of the record for some reason.  It's supposed to be a more positive take on "Down In A Hole", like climbing out, but it sounds like that song crossed with a new wave-era rock ballad.  Lyrically, it at least follows the theme without tripping into corny territory.

"Oh, The Guilt" is closer to a "real" Nirvana song than anything we've heard on "With The Lights Out" so far.  This was recorded in a studio, they weren't fucking around, and it's the band at its full potential unleashing a sonic pummeling.  I'm down with this.

"Speed Of Sound" (which immediately follows "Supersonic") starts with the lyric "It's hard to remember anything moving at the speed of sound."  Following the metaphor, the song seems to be about the frustration of having to accept your glory days are behind you.  You've reached your peak and it's not coming back.  The piano and guitar capture the melancholy tinged with the nostalgic ache for yesteryear perfectly.

"Blind Dogs" was originally on the "Basketball Diaries" soundtrack in 1995.  It's the same slow pace of "Speed Of Sound", but without any of the hope or remembrance of the good times.  Given the only thing I know about this movie is that somebody either shoots up a school or fantasizes about it, it probably fits the character of the picture.  Chris Cornell is uncharacteristically restrained throughout and the effect is haunting.

"Speed Of Sound": 4
"Oh, The Guilt": 3
"Blind Dogs": 2
"Private Hell: 1

TOTALS:

Soundgarden: 310
Alice In Chains: 290
Pearl Jam: 283
Nirvana: 246

Tomorrow, "Black Gives Way To Blue", and the day after that, "Black Gives Way To Blue" gives way to "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here".

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