Other than ‘Been Away Too Long’ there are no obvious singles here. Rather, each track takes on a propulsive and seductive weight far greater than the sum of its parts when listened to in succession.
King Animal doesn’t sound like a nostalgia-fed cash grab, nor is it poisoned by the desperate commercialism of Cornell’s post-Soundgarden projects. Instead, it picks up where 1996’s Down On The Upside left off, layering Cornell’s distinct howl over psychedelic textures, off-kilter time signatures and heavy, chugging riffs courtesy of way-underrated guitarist Kim Thayil.
I give this album 2 out of 5 stars.