17 Songs, 1 Hour 6 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Soundgarden blazed a trail in the late ’80s that finally hit the mainstream in the ’90s, giving them the crowds and accolades that they most likely never expected. In some ways they were like a punk band who grew into Led Zeppelin-like strides of dark, blues-soaked revelry. With King Animal, they step back into the ring after a 16-year absence. But these don’t sound like the songs of wizened alt-rock heroes, this is the rough and raw sound of a band ever at the verge of feral intensity. Chris Cornell unleashes the sort of wailing and night-piercing howls that are all over early records like Louder Than Love. Lead track “Been Away Too Long” is an uptempo chunk of rage and it’s one of many (see “Eyelids Mouth” or “Blood on the Valley Floor”) that showcase how adept the band are at creating music that seems so primal and unhinged and yet so totally in control. Let the band take their position on the mount.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Soundgarden blazed a trail in the late ’80s that finally hit the mainstream in the ’90s, giving them the crowds and accolades that they most likely never expected. In some ways they were like a punk band who grew into Led Zeppelin-like strides of dark, blues-soaked revelry. With King Animal, they step back into the ring after a 16-year absence. But these don’t sound like the songs of wizened alt-rock heroes, this is the rough and raw sound of a band ever at the verge of feral intensity. Chris Cornell unleashes the sort of wailing and night-piercing howls that are all over early records like Louder Than Love. Lead track “Been Away Too Long” is an uptempo chunk of rage and it’s one of many (see “Eyelids Mouth” or “Blood on the Valley Floor”) that showcase how adept the band are at creating music that seems so primal and unhinged and yet so totally in control. Let the band take their position on the mount.

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