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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 124
  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. Nov 16, 2012
    Best cd ever!!!!!!!!!!!!........................................................................................................................................................................................................... Expand
  3. Jan 15, 2014
    Very good stuff. Chris Cornell's voice mixed with Tom Morello's guitar sound great, even if I still prefer Soundgarden. Like A Stone is awesome, Cochise, Show Me How To Live and I Am the Highway are great, too. Expand
  4. 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. Collapse
  5. Jan 3, 2011
    Audioslave's debut is highly flawed. But I think deep down, it's kind of a good album. Chris Cornell's lyrics though are extremely bad. The lyrics suck. "I was standing at the rock, gathering the flock". I mean come on. Soundgarden was an amazing band but Chris Cornell in Audioslave just isn't that great. Rage Against The Machine band members on the other hand are what makes this album slightly ok. Tom Morello's guitar solos are brilliant. Brad Wilk on drums is great, and Tim Commerford is also great. All In All, if you can mind Chris Cornell and really enjoy RATM, Audioslave should be a good album to enjoy. C Expand
  6. Oct 25, 2010
    Half of the cuts are interesting and the other half are just bad versions of the interesting ones. Listening to this from start to finish is a real chore and, basically, it's just too draining for it to ever be an enjoyable record. Expand
  7. Nov 5, 2013
    [4.8] Audioslave doesn't have the unpredictable temper of Rage Against the Machine, and certainly doesn't have the wilder attitude of Soundgarden, and ultimately, don't have enough energy to produce a decent album. Maybe one song on this LP doesn't sound as sluggish, monotonous, and as poorly put together as the rest do. Chris Cornell has the range of a donkey, and the ability of a deaf horse. It may seem harsh, but you could honestly make the connection. The guitars are too distorted, and not in the good way either. The instruments aren't stylized interestingly, and they really sound all over the place. I wouldn't necessarily call this album unimpressive, because collectively the band doesn't have any features that are impressive. Some bands are just better left dead in the nineties. Expand

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