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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. 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. Positive: 70 out of 84
  2. Negative: 6 out of 84
  1. Mar 26, 2017
    10
    This album is GREAT, awesome lyrics and sounds. Can't understand why so many critics disliked it. Whatever!

    Best tracks: Exploder, Shadow
    This album is GREAT, awesome lyrics and sounds. Can't understand why so many critics disliked it. Whatever!

    Best tracks: Exploder, Shadow on the Sun, I Am the Highway, What You Are, Like A Stone, Getaway Car, The Last Remaining Light.
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  2. Jesse
    Jul 19, 2004
    10
    Cornell has the best voice in rock, and Tom Morrello does things with the guitar others can only dream about
  3. TheZ
    Dec 1, 2002
    10
    Chris Cornell is the best rock singer in the business right now, and has been ever since Soundgarden. When he fronts a band as good as Chris Cornell is the best rock singer in the business right now, and has been ever since Soundgarden. When he fronts a band as good as Rage's, you know that it has to be a masterpiece. Expand
  4. RobJ
    Apr 17, 2006
    10
    An amazing album! Songs like Cochise and Show Me How To Live just blew my mind away!
  5. C.S.
    Mar 16, 2005
    9
    From power grind to slow ballad, this album rocks. I love it enough that when my first copy was destroyed, I bought another one.
  6. NseE
    Nov 5, 2003
    8
    Great cd full of great songs like the razor sharp 'Like a stone', 'What you are', 'I am a highway', Great cd full of great songs like the razor sharp 'Like a stone', 'What you are', 'I am a highway', 'Hypnotize' (Which does just that), and the epic 'Getaway car' with Chris Cornell's forlorn voice bleeding throughout. Downside, a couple of ok tracks and songs tend to go on for too long and you feel it. Expand
  7. sds
    Feb 8, 2003
    0
    nah

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