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THE GRUNGE MATCH - 122

Match 122:

Alice In Chains "Breath On A Window" (2013)
Nirvana "Big Cheese" (Live '89)
Pearl Jam "Pendulum" (2013)
Soundgarden "Homicidal Suicidal" (1992)

"Breath On A Window", despite a cool title, starts off sounding like a cheap retread of "Lesson Learned" (maybe the sixth best song on "Black Gives Way To Blue") and dies a death from there.

Nirvana as a four piece is a sort of weird proposition, being there's not exactly an intricate tapestry of guitar leads or anything, but in a live setting it makes sense to thicken up the sound.  This is a quality performance of one of their earlier songs (even if it's taken from a camcorder) at a Rhino Records store in 1989.

Man, "Lightning Bolt" does live up to its name.  It starts with a brilliant flash followed by loud thunder, then the echo dies real quick.  "Pendulum" is the kind of song that thinks it can coast by on atmosphere alone, and it does have that in spades, but it goes nowhere.  It's disappointingly dull.

This might be the first Budgie cover where the vocalist sang in the same register as the super high castrato of the original.  Metallica made it cool for bands to cover Budgie in 1989 with "Breadfan", so yo, why not take a stab.  It's got some beefy chords, but really the only thing Soundgarden adds to this is tuning it down and cutting it by almost three minutes (Budgie made pointlessly long songs).  And the drums don't sound 70's.  That's an improvement.

"Big Cheese" (Live '89): 4
"Homicidal Suicidal": 3
"Pendulum": 2
"Breath On A Window": 1

TOTALS:

Soundgarden: 332
Alice In Chains: 312
Pearl Jam: 308
Nirvana: 268

And then there were five!

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