Soundgarden
King Animal


4.5
superb

Review

by Limberg USER (1 Reviews)
November 13th, 2012 | 8 replies | 1,435 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Soundgarden have a strong musical legacy, one that fans were afraid could have been tarnished by their new album, a fear that ultimately has been squashed...

1 of 4 thought this review was well written

"School is back in session, Knights of the Soundtable ride again" - Indeed.

Soundgarden have a strong musical legacy, one that fans were afraid could have been tarnished by their new album, a fear that ultimately has been squashed...

King Animal features everything you could love abot SG and then some more: The odd time signatures, the sludgy riffs, Matt Cameron´s drumming, great basslines, great lyrics (the best lyrics from Cornell from over a decade), and a musical maturity that is natural given the time they took to come together and make a new album.

I won´t put an extensive track by track review because the album is pretty solid from top to bottom, but will point out the songs that seem to stand apart as the best of this record, and perhaps of SG career:

- By Crooked Steps: Just.Listen.To.It. The lyrics are amazing, the guitars as sludgy as ever. This song is pure Soundgarden.
-Black Saturday: Acoustic intro that really fits with their style. Longtime fans will absolutely love the psychodelic bridge, very much in the vein of Led Zeppelin.
-Atrittion: Kickstand part. 2, on steroids. Really solid song that just exudes the band´s early punk influence.
-Eyelids Mouth: Definately One of the best SG songs ever. Gets better with every listen.
-Rowing: Next to Eyelid´s Mouth, this song has the best vocal performance from Chris Cornell since euphoria Morning. This song has a really positive aura to it. The solo from Kim Thayil is amazing.

Like I said before, the album is really solid, really good. Had really good expectations, but the final result was much better than what I had hoped for. It demonstrates a natural evolution for the band, and the fact that none of their albums sound the same, but instead show a new phase of them is what sets Soundgarden appart from other bands of their time.

One of the best albums from this new decade, that only gets better with each listen.


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    slagun (4.5)
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ThroneOfAgony
November 13th 2012



3485 Comments


Need to hear this, badly

CaptainDooRight
November 13th 2012



26442 Comments


i need to check too, not that im into the band, i just wana stay on top of whats available and im always lookin for new things

Digging: Deniro Farrar - The Patriarch II

breakingthefragile
November 13th 2012



2935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Why...so....many...trailing...off...periods...

ShadowRemains
November 13th 2012



19440 Comments


lol

skoopy48
November 13th 2012



1308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is really good, would have made a better follow up to superunknown than down on the upside

Limberg
November 13th 2012



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

BTW this is my first review.... So be understanding....

breakingthefragile
November 13th 2012



2935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well....................................................................................................................................................................................no.

NightmareCinema16
November 13th 2012



2016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"Well....................................................................................................................................................................................no."

Fragile sort of has a good point (even if I don't know quite what he meant). It's okay. It could be a lot better if you added more content to it.



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