Review: Jack Foley
HAILING the second album from Audioslave as a rock monster is
a fairly obvious thing to do, especially since the band is a supergroup
of sorts, comprised from Rage Against The Machine and Soundgarden.
What is surprising, however, is just how many mellow moments
are included along the way, epitomised by the upcoming first single,
During such moments, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello and co produce
a sound more akin with the sunshine sound of Red Hot Chili Peppers,
rather than Pearl Jam or either of their earlier bands.
And it makes a refreshing change, proving there is far more to
Audioslave than mighty guitar workouts.
Anyone thinking that the new single represents a mellowing out
for the band will equally be delighted to hear that Out Of
Exile also contains a good, old-fashioned smattering of ball-busting
guitar anthems, as exemplified by opening track, Your Time
Has Come, which announces Audioslave's comeback in spectacular
What is refreshing, however, is the fact that this sophomore
effort is so much more diverse.
Title track, Out of Exile, is another majestic anthem
- one that combines the distinct vocals of Soundgarden's Cornell
with the unmistakable guitars of ex-Rage Against virtuoso, Morello.
The underlying guitar riff is pure Morello - gutsy, unique and
reminiscent of his best work of old. It's sure to become a live
The mellow vibe kicks in with Be Yourself, which probably
has to rate as one of the band's most commercial efforts to date.
It's probably a risky choice as first single, but given its widespread
appeal, it might bring the album even more followers.
The guitar riffs, especially, scream out Chili Peppers, while
the empowering lyrics are sure to strike a chord with anyone in
need of a little uplifting.
Further highlights (of which there are many) include Doesn't
Remind Me, a wistful form of musical escapism ('I like colourful
clothing in the sun, cause it doesn't remind me of anything');
the lamentful Heaven's Dead, which finds Cornell's vocals
at their most strained and aching; the sprawling Yesterday
To Tomorrow, featuring an almighty guitar solo; and the epic
Elsewhere, the band venture into warped guitar overload for the
tortured sounding, The Worm, and out-and-out head-banging
for Man Or Animal - though these don't come across quite
But if that's not enough to satisfy you, then bonus track, Like
A Stone, concludes the album on a chilled out note, recorded
live and acoustic.
Out of Exile is therefore a mighty album from one of
the mightiest rock acts on the planet.
1. Your Time Has Come
2. Out of Exile
3. Be Yourself
4. Doesn't Remind Me
5. Drown Me Slowly
6. Heavens Dead
7. The Worm
8. Man or Animal
9. Yesterday to Tomorrow
11. #1 Zero
12. The Curse
13. Like A Stone - Live