Temple of the Dog formed as a tribute to Mother Love Bone vocalist Andrew Wood's untimely passing. Consisting of Chris Cornell (who had written some material to mourn his friend/roommate's death), Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam), Matt Cameron. Mike McCready, & Eddie Vedder, the supergroup released it's one and only studio album, Temple of the Dog, in 1991. TOTD preceded the big three Seattle releases: Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger, Pearl Jam's Ten, and Nirvana's Nevermind. Widely regarded a precursor to the grunge movement, the record is subdued and eleagic, filled w/ mellow, melodic that were a departure from what Cornell, the principal writer, was doing w/ Soundgarden at the time. "Say Hello 2 Heaven" and "Reach Down" open the album, with "Hunger Strike," the biggest song from the album, following. Other highlights include "Call Me A Dog," and "Times Of Trouble."
- remastered reissue
- music label: A&M Records 1991 / 2016
reviewed by rei kwondo 04/2018