I love Soundgarden and its lead vocalist, Chris Cornell. Soundgarden's album Badmotorfinger is still one of my top 50 rock albums of all time, as is Rage Against The Machines debut release. I own both these band's complete catalogs, and am a total fan of each. Seperately each in itself is a strong and well matched unit. Combined, they sound about as comfortable together as size 8 shoes on size 12 feet.
I've tried really really hard to enjoy these guys. I bought their debut and Out of Exile when they were released and crossed my fingers each time. Each time I have been disappointed. I am no less disappointed with this latest release. The styles are too different, Cornell's voice is too lyrical and needs a band with a more fluid sound behind it. When he gets that sound his voice works well. Here, as in each of the other releases, Zach De La Rosa's old band's sound is halting, choppy and fixed, and it calls more for a rapping style of vocalist, like De La Rosa's, to complement it well. Cornell tries but his voice sounds abbreviated and halted, like he's waiting on the rest of the band to catch up to him all the time.
Try as they might, I don't think that their styles will ever mesh well enough to allow them to create the kind of work they created seperately. Either Cornell has to slow down to his band's abrupt style, which doesn't sound like it's working now and is a waste of his talent, or the band will have to completely have to change their musical style to accomodate Cornell. That doesn't appear to be happening, at least not from what I hear on this or their previous discs. I listened to this disc for a full week and can honestly say that none of the songs was memorable enough for me to mention, other than list them below.
1. Revelations 4:11
2. One And The Same 3:37
3. Sound Of A Gun 4:20
4. Until We Fall 3:51
5. Original Fire 3:41
6. Broken City 3:49
7. Somedays 3:34
8. Shape Of Things To Come 4:35
9. Jewel Of The Summertime 3:53
10. Wide Awake 4:26
11. Nothing Left To Say But Goodbye 3:33
Man, I have to agree with your thoughts on Audioslave.
Tom Morello is probably one of the most unique guitarists making music today, and Chris Cornell is a fantastic vocalist but together it is a train wreck.
Listening to the album brought to mind a very good karaoke performance. The singer is pretty good, but the vocals aren't quite right.
To my ear the vocals are also mixed to high in several places which made me feel as though Chris was singing seperate from the rest of the band. This further adds to the impression that Cornell is having trouble keeping up with Tom and the rhythm section.
You guys are Soundgarden fans and Rage fans. This band is neither. You are looking for "Rage against the Garden" but you ain't gonna find it - not here nor anywhere else. I don't hear Soungarden lyrics on a rage backing track. I hear a totally new band. And I don't hear anything quite like them anywhere else. That's called originality. If you want Rage listen to Rage, if you want Soundgarden listen to Soundgarden. Don't go looking for either here because they are long gone. "Listen without Prejudice"