Soundgarden – King Animal

Posted: November 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

The sixth studio album for the rock band led by Chris Cornell is its first release of new music in 16 years.Image

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.
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