King Animal



by Spoonman67 USER (3 Reviews)
April 20th, 2013 | 10 replies

Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is an album I really like but not the best I´ve ever heard by these guys.

This is my first review so bare with me, please.

Growing up in a town where you are surronded by tractor/engine-loving farmers you can get pretty frustrated sometimes, especially if these people listen to really bad music. But this is what I go through every day, and yes, it is terrible. Pretty much all the time. So what do you do" Well, of course you start listening to music that understands you. Or at least you think so. So when I started listening to Soundgarden about a year ago I was instantly hooked. By the riffs, the amazing voice of Chris Cornell and the weird but at the same time poetic lyrics. So naturally, I was excited when I heard that they´re making a new album, King Animal, which is today´s review.

One thing people can say about many bands is that is just another [band name here] album. But with Soundgarden you can´t quite say that. Basically because every album sound´s different. And King Animal is no exception. The first single and opening track is pretty well named, "Been Away Too Long" since this is their first new studio album in sixteen years. The riff is, as with most Soundgarden songs, great but not the best track on the record. That is in my opinion the second single, "By Crooked Steps". Everything about it is great, from the guitars to the ingenious repetitive lyrics towards the end. "Rowing", the last track, is also great and the best riff goes to "A Thousand Days Before". But how do I like it compared to Badmotorfinger or Superunknown" I don´t like like to say this because the chliché bar will smash the roof, but it´s not their greatest record, their older stuff were better. I mean, I got a couple of new favourite songs (at least for this week) and they are in my opinion the best 90´s grunge band to still exist, since Pearl Jam sucks and Alice in Chains are pretty good and I never even listened to Stone Temple Pilots so I guess it´s not fair to judge them, but I´m going to do it anyway.
But I digress.

So, did I get the same feeling I got when I listened to Outshined, Spoonman, Black Hole Sun or even Searching With My Good Eye Closed for the first time" Sorry guys, but I didn´t. This is a really good record but it´s not their greatest and I`m looking forward to see what they got in store for next time. And since I´m a huge Soundgarden fan, I´m not going to turn my back on them, because as I said, this is a good record and I´m glad I got it so I´m hoping they´re gonna keep it up and do much more awesome music.

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    Though not a classic, Soundgarden have produced a surprisingly solid comeback...

    Happy2review (4.5)

    donovan909 (3)
    Soundgarden returns with an album that should please fans but not likely to win over any n...

    jamiecoughlan (4)
    A worthy return that flies in the face of expectations...

  • FCY (4.5)
    'King Animal' is a modern take on vintage rock and a natural progression for Soundgarden, ...

    slagun (4.5)
    After 16 years we finally have a new Soundgarden album, an album for which every Soundgard...

    Limberg (4.5)
    Soundgarden have a strong musical legacy, one that fans were afraid could have been tarnis...

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April 19th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

Nice username :3

Anyway, this review feels more like a blog post than a review, and there's too much use of inclusive

words like "I" and "me." I enjoy what you're trying to do with the writing style however... if you

just add more detail, iron out the grammar, and be less inclusive, I'll enjoy your review more. Just

some words of wisdom. Also, don't put on the review that it's your first... makes it unprofessional.

And welcome to the site :D

April 19th 2013


damn i still gotta hear this

highly doubt it compares to anything from their flawless discog tho

April 19th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

^ It's a really good comeback, bro

April 19th 2013


Nice username [2].

I've actually only heard Superunknown. I really need to listen to this and Badmotorfinger.

April 20th 2013


question: what does the first paragraph (ignoring the "this is my first review..." line) have to do with your review?
answer: nothing, really.

there's nothing wrong with being personal in your reviews but there has to be a point to it yeah? impart to your reader why the personal aspect affected your enjoyment.

your writing is fine, it just needs to be formatted a bit differently and perhaps formalized more (unless you're fine writing semi-blog posts as Necrotica stated, which is certainly fine but doesn't really adhere to sputnik's standards/norms, if you really care)

April 20th 2013


Actually this is not a bad review at all, but you could improve a little bit. Like this album, was a good comeback

April 20th 2013


pos'd i enjoyed everything i heard from SG so far so im gonna check this today

April 20th 2013


" This is an album I´m really like but not the best I´ve ever heard by these guys."

remove this

April 21st 2013


Agreed with what piss said 100%.

Review could use tons of improvement, but I get the feeling English isn't your first language, so it's pretty good on that account.

April 22nd 2013


Thank you all so much for your feedback! LloydNewGreen is right, English is not my first language and I´m really excited to write more and I´ll be sure to listen to your advice. And you were all right, there is a lot more to do better and I´m really gonna try.

Thanks for checking this out!

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