05/06/2018: “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden


“Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden is so slow it almost drips. The drums bash away lackadaisically yet powerfully, with the guitar on the verses having a ethereal quality to them.

The chorus contrasts with this as a wall of sound kicks in, like a tidal wave. The whole song is easily recognisable, but the chorus in particular really stands out. There’s a breakdown 3 minutes in with some seriously neat guitar solos.

The whole thing is very doom laden and psychedelic, with pessimistic lyrics that contradict the more positive melodies. The song uses a lot of imagery, not least the seemingly contradictory “Black Hole Sun”. It’s a very atmospheric piece.

The song came out in 1994 on Superunknown, and is easily Soundgarden’s biggest hit.

Can’t think of many that songs like it to be honest.


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