I finally received my digital review copy of Soundgarden’s King Animal yesterday, after it had already been released streaming on iTunes. It included the Worse Dreams, Black Saturday, and By Crooked Steps demos.
I like the vocal effect used in the ‘Worse Dreams’ demo particularly on the chorus, would have been cool to hear that in the actual song. The demo sounds a lot rawer than the studio version, but same song structure. The lack of production gives it a grungier feel.
‘Black Saturday’ is more stripped down that the studio version, Cornell’s vocals are a bit more somber compared to the studio version. I actually think I prefer the demo, while the structure is the same the stripped down nature and slightly different delivery of the lyrics just makes me like the song even more.
The ‘By Crooked Steps’ demo definitely sounds like a demo. The vocals don’t have the effects from the actual song and the guitars aren’t as polished. It is cool to hear the evolution of the song.
My favorite of the three demos I’ve heard is the ‘Black Saturday’ one which is just fantastic.