Newly remastered from the original analog tapes, Down on the Upside, Soundgarden's fifth full-length studio album, released in May 1996, debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and represented a significant stylistic departure away from alternative metal into a more experimental sound with an emphasis on vocals, melody and more diverse instrumentation. At the time Chris Cornell described several of the songs as "self-affirming" and "autobiographical" while the singles, "Pretty Noose," "Burden in My Hand" and "Blow Up the Outside World," all scored high on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart, the latter two going #1, with "Pretty Noose" nominated for a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. All three singles also scored on the Modern Rock chart, with "Pretty Noose" and "Burden in My Hand" peaking at #2 and "Blow Up the Outside World" at #8. Down on the Upside was certified platinum by the RIAA and would be the last new Soundgarden album for 16 years until 2012's comeback King Animal.