Soundgarden was not a band that I ever cared about. I liked Chris Cornell with Audioslave better. I remember Superunknown when it came out. Many of my friends loved it. I thought they were tasteless as far as music goes. This was Soundgarden’s fourth studio album and it was their breakthrough into success.
After listening to the album on Spotify, I feel that I have not missed anything. Yet, I felt one song “The Day I Tried to Live” more than the rest. I found it interesting what Cornell said about the lyrics on “The Day I Tried to Live”:
“It’s about trying to step out of being patterned and closed off and reclusive, which I’ve always had a problem with. It’s about attempting to be normal and just go out and be around other people and hang out. I have a tendency to sometimes be pretty closed off and not see people for long periods of time and not call anyone. It’s actually, in a way, a hopeful song. Especially the lines “One more time around/Might do it”, which is basically saying, ‘I tried today to understand and belong and get along with other people, and I failed, but I’ll probably try again tomorrow.’ A lot of people misinterpreted that song as a suicide-note song. Taking the word “live” too literally. “The Day I Tried to Live” means more like the day I actually tried to open up myself and experience everything that’s going on around me as opposed to blowing it all off and hiding in a cave.”
He gave up on living and trying in 2017. When I hear of famous people committing suicide I become angry because they were brave enough to do what I was not successful at yet. I always thought I would have done it by now. I do not know what I am waiting for. I guess my question is it wrong. If people knew what I go through each day, then they might understand me. I am alone. Completely alone.
Other songs I suggest are “Like Suicide“, “Fell on Black Days”, and “4th of July“. Actually, the album is a bit better than I realised. I liked four songs, which for the most part are not the screaming ones. I do not like Cornell’s voice at that range. 7/10.