Audioslave

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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.
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  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. One of the most important rock bands ever meets one of the best, and guess what, they've only gone and knocked out a bonafide masterpiece. It's 1993 all over again, but it's also 1970 and 2002 and beyond, because an album this classic transcends any pigeonholing.
  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. Blender
    60
    This is feel-good stuff, the sound of a rejuvenating artistic vacation. [#12, p.136]
  6. Alternative Press
    50
    Bad news for fans of either party who'd expected the union to generate something revolutionary. [Dec 2002, p.85]
  7. At its worst, this project is just plain retarded.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 127
  1. Jul 28, 2013
    10
    Chris Cornell is this generations answer to Freddy Mercury or Ronnie James Dio. The three albums Audioslave produced are as near perfect asChris 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. MarcS
    Jul 5, 2004
    10
    An absolute masterpiece. This is an album that may take you a while to absorb its full weight; but when it finally hits you, you will feel An absolute masterpiece. This is an album that may take you a while to absorb its full weight; but when it finally hits you, you will feel every song. Chris Cornell's unique voice is perfectly matched with Tom Morello's grooves and anti-guitar hero antics. Don't listen to the critics, if you even remotely liked Rage Against the Machine or Soundgarden pick up this album. Expand
  3. daveG
    Dec 6, 2002
    10
    The best album I've heard in 10 years. Cornell's social commentary along with some powerful, angry licks from Morello and Co. The best album I've heard in 10 years. Cornell's social commentary along with some powerful, angry licks from Morello and Co. provide a veritable masterpiece. Unlike most albums, which feature a radio-friendly song and little else, Audioslave has no throwaway songs. In fact, the album doesn't even hit its peak until track 10, the brooding, ``Hypnotize.'' Talk about a reality check for the wealthy powerstructure and corporate elite!!! While many people think that Superunknown was Soundgarden's best album, I always preferred Badmotorfinger. Superunknown contained four or five of radio hits, but little else. To really gather the flavor of what Soundgarden (and indeed the entire grunge movement) stood for, you need to back up to the 1991 masterpiece which features ``Rusty Cage'' and ``Outshined'' along with obscure, yet important tracks such as ``Somewhere,'' ``Mind Riot'' and ``Drawing Flies.'' I'm recommending it to all my friends, and to all my family young enough to understand... Dave Grumbois Expand
  4. daniel
    Jan 20, 2006
    10
    exellent cd,love all songs....
  5. Aj
    May 25, 2005
    9
    If you don't like hard rock - then you won't like this. However, I LOVE hard rock and this is on3e of my favorite albums.
  6. DaveN
    Sep 28, 2006
    7
    Soundgarden and Rage Against the Machine might be better, but this is a solid debut nonetheless. While its expectations might be higher due Soundgarden and Rage Against the Machine might be better, but this is a solid debut nonetheless. While its expectations might be higher due to the all-star line up the band has, Chris Cornell most of the time seems comfortable with his new bandmates. They do need to tweek their sound a bit (Out of Exile fixes that error mostly), but this is expected on their first CD. Expand
  7. sds
    Feb 8, 2003
    0
    nah

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