Live on I-5 - Soundgarden
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Mar 22, 2011
    60
    It is not quite prime Soundgarden; the band is pushing their OK 1996 effort Down on the Upside, and while there isn't much palpable tension in the performances, they're not quite inspired, either. The group is in full-fledged pro mode, hitting their marks with efficiency and occasional power if not much flair.
  2. Mar 22, 2011
    80
    This 17-track set is a worthy document of Soundgarden's glory days. There's certainly nothing here which hints at a group on the road to self-destruction.
  3. 70
    There's nothing too exceptional about Live on the I-5, but given that this is the first new release from the recent reincarnation of Soundgarden, it's worth a listen.
  4. Apr 4, 2011
    60
    Live on I-5 is still a good, if slightly misjudged and mistimed, effort and, regardless of criticism, Soundgarden finally have a live album to their name, even if it doesn't capture the band at their peak.
  5. Mar 29, 2011
    60
    Live On I5 is a visceral, honest live album with little if any studio trickery, but it's clearly not Soundgarden at its finest. [19 Mar 2011, p.52]
  6. May 6, 2011
    60
    Certainly, Live On I-5 proves Soundgarden weren't covered by grand stadium stages. [May 2011, p.125]
  7. Mar 22, 2011
    55
    It's pretty much a greatest hits album, which conceptually blows an opportunity right off the bat.
  8. Mar 31, 2011
    26
    The problem is that this was, at best, a 1997 cash-grab that probably would've worked in that economic climate, and now you just get to debate whether it's a cynical move on Soundgarden's part or, more likely, something they had absolutely nothing to do with at all.
  9. Mar 28, 2011
    60
    Rather than pat themselves on the back for still being alive, the guys in Soundgarden went on a nostalgia trip, and honestly, it's for the best.
  10. Mar 22, 2011
    50
    While the album features respectable performances of many of the band's biggest hits-even a diminished Soundgarden can't muffle the power of the almighty "Outshined"-Live On I-5 should have stayed in the dark hole it's been buried in for 15 years.
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 28, 2011
    9
    If you weren't around during their glory days . . . this is the album for you! With minimal audience interference, you can easily listen toIf you weren't around during their glory days . . . this is the album for you! With minimal audience interference, you can easily listen to the rawness of each song. There are two special covers and a stripped down, solo version of "Black Hole Sun" with Chris Cornell.

    You really have to give it to the band for mixing the album in such a way that you can listen to it from start to finish and not even realize that each song was recorded from different shows. Sure can't wait to see what kind of material Soundgarden releases in the near future!
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