SYNDICATE
Posted by: Dave on June 6, 2005 at 4:36 pm

Audioslave’s self-titled debut albumicon boasted the combination of Rage Against the Machineicon’s three instrumentalists and Soundgardenicon’s frontman Chris Cornellicon. The production was top notch, the grooves were super tight and the vocals naturally howled into superhuman registers. But the project felt like an impromptu jam session quickly thrown together before they had a chance to gel as a unit. The result: 14 tracks of predominately uninspired lyrics, bland and repetitive choruses and a plodding, riff-heavy sound that stagnated in a hurry. The follow-up, Out of Exile, marks Audioslave’s transformation from supergroup/collaboration to legitimate band. They clearly took the time to write and develop compelling songs and explore their mellower, more mature side with greater frequency and success. Plus, when they crank up the power, Tom Morello’s guitar solos often squawk, shriek and freak out in ways even the most loyal Rage Against the Machine fan has probably never heard. Ultimately, this sounds like the logical progression from Soundgarden’s final and weakest effort, Down on the Upsideicon, and in that context, Out of Exile ranks a notch below.
Heavy Rotation track:Doesn’t Remind Meicon
Medium Rotation tracks: Yesterday to Tomorrowicon“; “Man or Animalicon“; “Drown Me Slowlyicon
Grade: B

(As posted 6/6/05 on davepowersmusic.com)
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