Audioslave
Live in Cuba


2.0
poor

Review

by Ian USER (108 Reviews)
November 16th, 2005 | 52 replies | 10,524 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


9 of 10 thought this review was well written

This is Audioslaveís first live dvd, which is performed in Cuba and is supposedly the first time an American band has played in Cuba. Iím not sure if this is true, but I donít plan to get into that during this review because I honestly donít know about that. Supposedly, there were 60,000 fans in attendance at this free concert, but in the only extra, a documentary about Audioslaveís time in Cuba; Tom Morrelo states that 70,000 fans were at the concert. I have many complaints about this dvd so here is the review of the dvd, Audioslave-Live in Cuba where I will mention significant things that happen in certain songs.


The Concert-

The dvd starts off with an intro of the music of Be Yourself that has clips from the video of single Your Time Has Come. The first song performed is my favorite song by Audioslave, which is Set It Off. Right off it becomes apparent that Chris Cornell does not have a good singing voice because I canít even understand what he is singing. Throughout the dvd Chrisí voice is hoarse and raspy which pretty much ruins the entire concert. On the song Your Time Has Come Chris shows some improvement with his voice, but it still isnít very good. However, probably the most popular song from Audioslave, Like a Stone is completely ruined by Chrisí singing. The next song that is worth mentioning is the first single off of Audioslaveís sophomore album, Be Yourself. On this song it becomes apparent of something that I wasnít sure of. That thing is that parts of this dvdís sound and video are actually not matched up. This is obvious on other songs to that I will mention later. In other parts of this same song the sound will cutout, although Iím not sure why this is. During the beginning of RATM songs Bulls on Parade and Sleep Now in the Fire Tom Morrelo talks to the crowd in Spanish thanking them for their hospitality and dedicates the two RATM songs to them. The shortened version of Bulls on Parade is quite excellent partly because Chris doesnít sing on it. However, when Bulls on Parade ends and Sleep Now in the Fire starts right up, with Chris trying to rap. The lights turn green up on the stage and Chris covers up his mouth with his hands and the mic while he is attempting to ďrap". The music is performed well, but Chris just ruins it. The Soundgarden song, Outshined, from the album Badmotorfinger is worth mentioning because it is the best song performed on the dvd. Mainly because Chris does a good job singing on the song and the music is played well keeping its grunge feel. This was a surprise to me for it being the best performed song on the dvd because Iím not even that big of a fan of Soundgarden.


The last three songs performed are all very popular Audioslave songs that are from their first album. Those songs are I am the Highway, Show Me How to Live, and first single Cochise. The first couple minutes of I am the Highway starts off with Chris by himself on stage playing an acoustic version of the song. Itís obvious that during the song that once again the video and sound are not matched up well. Soon the entire band joins in and the song folds out normally, but with Chris still playing the acoustic guitar. Aside from the sound ďpops", I enjoyed the performance of that song because on the entire concert there is little difference from the recordings of the songs. Then that the lights turn green on the stage again and the song Show Me How To Live starts up. After a slow start, the song gets heavier with some average singing from Chris. There are also some sound ďpops" on this song as well, which bother me when I think about it to much. The final song, as well as first single off the bands debut album, Cochise is played with some good alright backup vocals from Timmy C. and Chris does an average job on it as well. The concert ends with Chris telling the good people of Cuba that if they can come here once there is no reason they canít come back again.


The One Lonely Extra-

The only extra on the dvd is a thirty-six minute documentary about the members arriving in Cuba and how much they enjoyed their stay. It features interviews of the band members, as well as attending a press conference, and shows some of the things they did. One thing Tom Morrelo did was go to this outdoors party that happens every night and plays on this acoustic guitar while a guy freestyles to it. They visit The John Lennon Park where a couple members try on the removable glasses of a statue of John; where they learn the glasses have only been stolen about five to six times. Also, they visit The Nacional Music Institute where Tim Commerford is blown away by this amazing upright bass player. They also donate many things to the institute as well. I find it sad to say that I enjoyed this documentary more than the actual concert itself.


Pros- Despite my dislike for this dvd overall I did find a couple of things that I thought were enjoyable. The first thing is the performance of the songs Outshined, Bulls on Parade, and Show Me How To Live. Also, I like the documentary a lot and thought it was actually pretty neat and has me convinced that someday I must go to Cuba (somehow).


Cons- Sadly, there are many more cons than there are pros. The first con and definitely the most important, is Chrisí singing on the entire dvd. Most of the time his voice is either poor or slightly average and never is really good. The next con is that sometimes during songs the audio and the video are not matched up well at all, which becomes a real nuisance. Also, at times the sound will cut out for maybe just a second and it is like that on more songs than I mentioned, but I could not really tell because those were ďmasked" up well in the editing. The last really big con is that there is little variation between the recordings of the songs and the live performance meaning that if you already own Audioslaveís two albums, then there is no really good reason to buy this dvd. Even if you are a huge fan you will still probably be disappointed.


Overall this dvd is one of the most disappointing purchases that Iíve ever made. I had always thought that Chris Cornell had a wonderful voice, but evidently that is only in the studio. So even if you are a huge fan of Audioslave I wouldnít suggest you buy this because all it is worth is a 2 out of 5. Which is very sad because I like Audioslave better than I ever liked RATM or Soundgarden. Feel free to leave any comments about what you thought of this review, what you think of the band, or what you think of this dvd. Thanks.



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Storm In A Teacup
November 16th 2005



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Kripes makes a comeback after being banned! :thumb:

Arrakakaka
November 16th 2005



685 Comments


And what a comeback it is.

ocelot-05
November 16th 2005



807 Comments


Welcome back, Kripes. This was one of your best reviews.

PuNk-O-RaMa
November 16th 2005



18 Comments


Spot on. I borrowed this off a friend, and was badly disappointed. If you don't mind me asking kripes, why were you banned?

Storm In A Teacup
November 16th 2005



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

[quote=Kripes]You Damn Thief and then about 50 of these !!![/quote]

That was in the System of a Down-Hypnotize review and I didn't think I would get in trouble because the guy reviewed it before it was out so it was going to be deleted anyway. I find it strange that I'm not listed as having been banned in the thread though.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2005



15693 Comments


Why were u banned?

Good review btw

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Two-Headed Boy
November 16th 2005



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i saw them in london.... way better than this
i know a guy who was banned... but he sucks and he is rightfully bannedThis Message Edited On 11.16.05

NEDM
November 16th 2005



1113 Comments


[quote=Kripes]That was in the System of a Down-Hypnotize review and I didn't think I would get in trouble because the guy reviewed it before it was out so it was going to be deleted anyway. I find it strange that I'm not listed as having been banned in the thread though.[/quote]

yeah, but dont feel bad. I got banned too for calling the guy a douche.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2005



15693 Comments


wow ive never been banned. I got into a heated discussion about adult topics and i got banned.

Storm In A Teacup
November 16th 2005



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks for the compliments you guys. I wrote this on paper before I typed it out on M Word.

Cravinov13
November 16th 2005



3854 Comments


Wow, you can do music DVD's too?

Zebra
Moderator
November 16th 2005



2647 Comments


Nice work, I am not a huge Audioslave fan and this didn't impress me. My friend loves Audioslave but I just don't see anything that special about them.

Your review wasn't bad, but I think track by track reviews are useless in most cases.

Storm In A Teacup
November 16th 2005



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It wasn't a track-by-track. I didn't metion all of the songs. I wrote about songs that were important and mattered in the overall dvd.

Zebra
Moderator
November 16th 2005



2647 Comments


Exactly, you emphasized the importance of some of the tracks. I thought your review was good, but it wasn't helpful to me.

Storm In A Teacup
November 16th 2005



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

How wasn't it helpful? :-/

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2005



15693 Comments


If u call this a t by t, then ive never really done an overall. How would you write an overall then, Zebra?

Storm In A Teacup
November 16th 2005



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm still waiting for an answer to my question.

Zebra
Moderator
November 16th 2005



2647 Comments


You talk about what instruments are used and how they sound on the album. You can also talk about what genres the music covers and what are the influences the music has. Vocals and lyrics are also a big part of music.

I admit I go over a few tracks but I don't base my reviews off of them. In my opinion reviews should be short and quick and you shouldn't cover an album by its tracks.

I take it back Kripes, your review was helpful but there was too much info about seperate tracks. This Message Edited On 11.16.05

Storm In A Teacup
November 16th 2005



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This was an effing review for a live freaking dvd!!!

I would have gone over the above mentioned things like I normally do, but this is once again an effing review for a dvd!

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2005



15693 Comments


[quote=Zebra]You talk about what instruments are used and how they sound on the album. You can also talk about what genres the music covers and what are the influences the music has. Vocals and lyrics are also a big part of music.[/quote]

ahh then Im all good, I think.




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