Down on the Upside, Soundgarden's fifth full-length studio album, released in May 1996, debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and represented a significant stylistic departure away from alternative metal into a more experimental sound with an emphasis on vocals, melody and more diverse instrumentation.
At the time Chris Cornell described several of the songs as "self-affirming" and "autobiographical" while the singles, "Pretty Noose," "Burden in My Hand" and "Blow Up the Outside World," all scored high on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart, the latter two going #1, with "Pretty Noose" nominated for a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.
All three singles also scored on the Modern Rock chart, with "Pretty Noose" and "Burden in My Hand" peaking at #2 and "Blow Up the Outside World" at #8. Down on the Upside was certified platinum by the RIAA and would be the last new Soundgarden album for 16 years until 2012's comeback King Animal.
Now, UMe has made Down on the Upside available for the first time as a double 180-gram vinyl set, newly remastered from the original analog tapes by Bob Ludwig. Comes complete with an accompanying digital download card for 320kbps MP4 AAC audio.