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  • Summary: After frontman Zack de la Rocha left Rage Against the Machine in 2000, the remaining members of that Los Angeles band enlisted former Soundgarden leader Chris Cornell, and together they formed Audioslave. This is their debut release.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. The result isn't a faux Rage album; rather, it's the true follow-up to Soundgarden's ''Superunknown'' that neither that band nor a solo Cornell ever managed.
  2. A remarkable record. [Feb 2003, p.96]
  3. Audioslave is the best of both bands.
  4. In their past lives, the members of this band were enraged. Now, fierce as they might sound, Audioslave just seem sorta engorged.
  5. 60
    This is feel-good stuff, the sound of a rejuvenating artistic vacation. [#12, p.136]
  6. The group seems incapable of integrating these traits into something new. It's either Morello re-writing his old licks for bash-and-thud Rage-style rawk or Cornell's more straightforward tension/release confessionals.
  7. At its worst, this project is just plain retarded.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 125
  1. Jul 28, 2013
    Chris Cornell is this generations answer to Freddy Mercury or Ronnie James Dio. The three albums Audioslave produced are as near perfect as any albums of the more classic era (of which I grew up with and am part of). Critics on this site claim that the lyrics don't mean much...... Are you kidding? Audioslave is PURE emotion. Love, hate, remorse, regret, it is all here. If you skip Audioslave as part of your best bands of the 2000s, then you are completely out of touch with reality. Expand
  2. EricC
    Sep 5, 2004
    Well Ian, have fun with the Back Street Boys ;) Chis Cornell's lyrics are deep, and, if you didn't have the emotional range of a rock, you would get that. His lyrics made me think, and they make perfect sense if you listen to them a couple of times (maybe a couple of hundred times for you -.-) I love his lyrics because they make sense to me, so you can stick to "Bye Bye Bye" if you want, but I'm looking forward to witnessing Audioslave have a long suscessful career. Tom was awesome, Brad's drumming is so powerful, and Timmy's bass playing makes the floor shake! Chris's voice is even better than it was in Euphoria Morning, and his familiar wails are a long awaited arival to this sad generation, hopefully more people will start to listen to Audioslave, then branch out to Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and RATM. Eric Corvus P.S. Yes, I'm a BIG Chris Cornell fan. Expand
  3. manuelb
    Dec 16, 2002
    This guys are amazing, better than any band out there, it's even better than the album of pearl jam, foo fighter and in the same level with queens of the stone age and system of a down. Expand
  4. RobJ
    Apr 17, 2006
    An amazing album! Songs like Cochise and Show Me How To Live just blew my mind away!
  5. Bruce
    Jun 3, 2005
    When I first listened to the album, I was disappointed, but that was only because I was anticipating a heavier cd. After another look, and a closer listen I fell in love with this album. A different sound from Garden or Rage, Audioslave has come into their own. Expand
  6. Aug 23, 2011
    With Chris and Zack as contributors make a nice combination of mixed tastes, while I don't feel the album as a groundbreaking phenomenon, it is one of the best well made and appealing sound list. Expand
  7. sds
    Feb 8, 2003

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