David Browne
December 12, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

A-Sides

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Rock, Reissues

We gave it an A

Until their unexpected demise earlier this year, Soundgarden kept the grunge flag flying longer than any of their peers, and as this memorial compilation demonstrates, they not only persevered but improved. Pruning their best early songwriting (”Hands All Over,” ”Nothing to Say”) and wisely highlighting chunks of their last two (and best) albums, A-Sides presents the band in all its evolving, bridling-horses glory and thunder. When all those Hanson fans grow up and want to educate themselves on the flannel era they missed, here’s where they should turn. A

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