Audioslave
Out of Exile


3.0
good

Review

by Ian USER (107 Reviews)
November 28th, 2005 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


After releasing their self-titled debut in 2003, Audioslave released a string of singles and ended up wielding a number 1 hit with the song Show Me How To Live. It seemed that former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk were riding the high life when only a couple years ago they were in question about where their musical careers were headed. Many people called Audioslave the first super group of the 21st century, but could they retain such a profound status with their second album?


Well, for me the answer is complicated. You see, Audioslaveís debut album was something exciting and was filled with fun guitar riffs and great vocals. You could still relate the band to Rage Against the Machine or Soundgarden, but Audioslave had itís own uniqueness. The only real problem that their debut album had was that it would become repetitive fairly quickly and that is still an issue with Out of Exile, the sophomore album from the band. The vocals from Chris Cornell are still great as always, but thatís mainly from the production of Rick Rubin. The guitar playing from Tom keeps that same style that it has always had which is good, but at times it seems that he depends on effects too much. Which is my first real problem, whenever Tom plays a solo it seems as if it is just a variation of some other song that the band has written and the solo therefore feels uninspired. Other than that however, the guitar playing throughout the album is generally great. Brad Wilk continues to show on this album that he can only come up with drum beats that revolve around the same formula and while complimenting the music nicely, he shows no real talent. Tim Commerfordís bass playing is what I expected it to be, fantastic, or at least when it comes to being able to branch out on his own which he does do somewhat throughout the songs on this album, which is evident on songs such like Drown Me Slowly. Also, Timís backup singing stands out more than it did on the self titled album and shows some nice improvement from him which really adds to the songs.


Favorites on the album are first single Be Yourself, mainly for the excellent guitar work on the album and the relaxing pace it has. For me this song is really the only grower where I at first disliked it, but soon found it one of my favorites. Heavenís Dead is also another favorite of mine on the album for itís guitar work and I would have to say is one of the slower songs on the album. The Worm is easily my favorite song because all of the instruments come together well to make for one of Audioslaveís best songs so far and Chris completely owns the song with his voice. There arenít to many duds however on here, but the song Out of Exile, to me is the most repetitive song on the whole album despite some nice guitar work from Tom.


-Pros-
+Chris Cornells voice sounds good, but that might just be because of production.
+Bass playing and the guitar playing from Timmy C. and Tom is generally above average.
+Audioslave has their best songs on this album with Be Yourself and The Worm

-Cons-
-Sometimes Tom Morreloís guitar playing and solos feel truly uninspired and dull.
-Brad Wilk shows no talent anywhere on the album.
-After only a few listens this album will start to become dull and for most it wonít be a grower either.


Overall for Audioslaveís second album that is fifty-three minutes long, I would say that it doesnít impress as much as their first one did, but this album still features two of their three best songs to date with Be Yourself and The Worm with the song Set it Off from their first album as my favorite. As a follow up album though, it just doesnít capitalize like it should have done. The album seems to get repetitive even faster than their self-titled did which is the main problem, leading this album to only manage to receive a good rating of 3 out of 5. Comments are welcome about this review, album, or the band. Thank you for your time.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Ace_of_Bass2112
November 28th 2005


257 Comments


i got there first album (self titled) and it was pretty good. i was thinking about picking it up but thought better so now ill proably just download it.


good review too Kripes

Rudd13
November 28th 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I have been craving this band a lot lately, as well as large doses of Rage. You've made large improvements in your writing, I can see. This was better than your Queens review. And I agree with you score as well.

Apathy
November 28th 2005


645 Comments


I hate this album.

Aakon_Keetreh
November 28th 2005


448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i think its pretty good

Aakon_Keetreh
November 28th 2005


448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i think its pretty good

Rudd13
November 28th 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

[quote=review]Brad Wilk shows no talent anywhere on the album.[/quote]

He kind of never has.

DesolationRow
November 28th 2005


833 Comments


Kripesy, my boy, Timmy C. plays bass, not Chris. Go edit your pros. Good review though, and Timmy C. owns so hard.

Storm In A Teacup
November 28th 2005


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Whoopsy, how'd I make that mistake?

Just a sec.

Jawaharal
November 28th 2005


1832 Comments


Timmy C is teh best bassist eva.

Storm In A Teacup
November 28th 2005


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Jaco Pastorius anybody?

Ace_of_Bass2112
November 28th 2005


257 Comments


Pastorius, Claypool, Wooten, Lee, Harris.

thats how it goes in my book

Storm In A Teacup
November 28th 2005


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Victor Wooten is really good to. We of course can't forget Squire. (hopes he spelled it right)

Brownie Dude
November 28th 2005


11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is record sounds extremely early 90's alternative rock to me. It's not something I could listen to all the way through focusing solely on it, but it's nice to have on in the background. Dandelion is a pretty cool song.

Zebra
Moderator
November 28th 2005


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Nice writing and length, good review.

I have to agree with you for the most part, but I would have rated this lower just because I think most of this sound very dull and boring.

Storm In A Teacup
November 28th 2005


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

[quote=Zebra]I have to agree with you for the most part, but I would have rated this lower just because I think most of this sound very dull and boring.[/quote]


I did find myself conflicted when it came time to decide on a final rating between 2.5 or 3.

Rudd13
November 28th 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I realize now that this album really sucks.

*throws rating down hole*


EDIT- Their self titled was brilliant, though.This Message Edited On 11.28.05

Thor
November 28th 2005


10192 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Audioslave is a real "hit and miss" band. Most of the time their songs are pretty lame but when they make a good song, it's awesome and you can't stop listening to it. At least that's how it is for me.

Toaster
November 28th 2005


343 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This album is completely weak compared to Audioslave's debut. The songwriting is dull, the guitar playing is awful, and Cornell's voice isn't getting any better. The production blows too. I've never heard a Rick Reuben production job I liked.

Good review though, I thought you touched on every important point. I still would have rated it lower.

Storm In A Teacup
November 28th 2005


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

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This Message Edited On 11.28.05

Storm In A Teacup
November 28th 2005


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0


This Message Edited On 11.28.05



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