The good news: Soundgarden has come out with their first new song in two years! A new album is to follow November 24, 2014. There are at least 7 previously unreleased tracks, including their new release, Storm. Needless to say, this is exciting news for Soundgarden fans.
The bad news? That lies in the ear of the beholder, of course. The new song, posted on Soundgarden’s Facebook page on Monday, October 27, is reminiscent of the band’s late 80’s sound, with the mid-90’s familiar drums keeping the steady – if not overly repetitive – rhythm. It would be difficult to call the song disappointing, but it honestly isn’t what I was expecting out of the guys this time around. It is an interesting mix to go back to a sound they seemed to have left behind well over 20 years ago.
On previous (and successful) albums, refrains were kept at a minimum, but I have noticed that on newer Soundgarden pieces (including from 2 years ago), they seem to be sticking to more monotonous tunes. Storm seems to be carrying on this new trend. I realize bands have to change up their styles to remain relevant, but I don’t think this is the way to go, and I certainly hope the other new tracks do not follow suit.
The same goes with the lyrics for the new track. Soundgarden is not known for chipper, happy-go-lucky lyricism, which is perfectly fine, and they did not break any molds with this new song. However, there is nothing in particular that stands out about the lyrics, either. If I were to guess, the music came first, and then the words, virtually strung together to mean nothing and do not create a sense that this is actually a Soundgarden song, came along to bounce around to the drumbeats
I realize my criticism probably sounds overly harsh, but that’s because I know these guys can do better. I will be eagerly awaiting the new album’s release next month. I hope it will be well worth the wait..