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King Animal

Soundgarden Audio CD
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SOUNDGARDEN BIO – KING ANIMAL

“When I think of Soundgarden, I think of a sound, I think of one entity, one organic thing,” says singer and guitarist Chris Cornell, “but I guess that the exciting part is that it’s always been really varied.”

Hailed as grunge innovators, Soundgarden redefined rock music for a generation. In the 80s and 90s, the ... Read more in Amazon's Soundgarden Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B00A0I11ZU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,990 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Been Away Too Long
2. Non-State Actor
3. By Crooked Steps
4. A Thousand Days Before
5. Blood On The Valley Floor
6. Bones Of Birds
7. Taree
8. Attrition
9. Black Saturday
10. Halfway There
11. Worse Dreams
12. Eyelid's Mouth
13. Rowing

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BBC Review

Of all the bands emerging in a blur of rain, greasy hair and plaid from the Pacific Northwest during the early- to mid-90s, Soundgarden have arguably been the most poorly served by posterity.

Kurt Cobain sealed Nirvana’s legend with a shotgun blast, while the likes of Mudhoney kept their underground credibility intact by lying relatively low. Soundgarden, though, never seemed to achieve the critical acclaim or cultural cachet of their peers.

But from the off, King Animal sounds as if it’s written by a band with a point to prove: “I’ve been away for too long / Though I never really wanted to stay.” This pertinent line from Been Away Too Long might speak volumes about Chris Cornell’s attitude to their return, and their initial demise; and, perhaps, the less-than-favourable reaction to Audioslave or his own solo material.

Musically, Been Away Too Long is a step up to the plate, too – there’s a rhythmic kinship with 1994 album Superunknown’s My Wave, but there’s a lot more going on. Cornell’s ever-distinctive voice is more streamlined, and there’s some high-end guitar fiddling over the booming toms before a discordant, clanging breakdown. It makes for an exciting taste of what is to come.

Soundgarden have always possessed a real ability to combine darkness with immense grooves, as heard clearly on the sinuous Taree; and it’s this that lifted them above their more thrashy, punk rock bar band peers. The 13 sturdy tracks of King Animal carry this compositional attitude into the 21st century.

King Animal undeniably draws its strength from the band’s accessible Superunknown era, but also takes Soundgarden somewhere fresh. A Thousand Days Before is rolling and melodic, and Blood on the Valley Floor almost sensual.

The overall theme is that of dark Americana, with Poe-recalling imagery and a sense of the political in lyrics about “bullets and missiles” in the grinding Non-State Actor or the negative pop chorus of Bones of Birds: “Too weak to survive.”

Soundgarden occupy a curious place in 2012, adrift of the EDM-meets-nu-metal rock mainstream. Perhaps that’s how it should be, though: they’re a stadium band yet still outsiders, singing in and of the rain.

--Luke Turner

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WELCOME BACK, YOU'VE BEEN AWAY TOO LONG 10 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
When Soundgarden reformed in 2010 and embarked on a tour the question was always going to be will they record a new album? Well the answer is yes and the even better news is that the album is very good and has all the hallmarks of Soundgarden's now classic sound. It might be 16 years since the band released "Down On The Upside" but listening to "King Animal" it doesn't really feel that long, it's as if we have been transported back to the nineties.

Fittingly the album starts with "Been Away too Long" which has a trademark Chris Cornell vocal that twists it way over the music as he uses his powerful range to carry the song on which features a typical powerful Kim Thayil riff, it also features a nice bass breakdown at about the 2.20 mark. While Soundgarden have always been associated with grunge it's fair to say that their origins always lay with Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin as can be heard in hard hitting numbers "Non-State Actor" and "Blood On The Valley Floor" which are both riff heavy.

As well as the heavier numbers there is a few laid back songs on "King Animal" such as "Halfway There" which wouldn't have sounded out of place on "Down On The Upside". There is the ramshackle of closing track "Rowing" which has more than a hint of Steve Earle about it. It has to be said that Matt Cameron's drumming is a superb as ever.

It would have been easy for Soundgarden not to release a new album and to continue to live on their superb back catalogue but with album number 6 "King Animal" Soundgarden sound as relevant and as important as they ever did. It's great to have them back!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm hooked 16 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Soundgarden are back, and long overdue!

Their sound has slightly evolved but the core of Soundgarden is still there, the time signatures, nutty riffs and wailing guitars (needs more of this from Kim).

On the first few listens you might feel alienated but the more you listen the more it grows on you (classic Soundgarden) and for only a tenner you shouldn't be disappointed.

Chris has gotten on a bit so his voice isn't what it used to be (to be expected, but don't let this put you off)

I'd also mention that Matt out did himself on the drums in this album, I would argue it's some of his best work.

Overall great purchase, I hope they can release another album because there are very few bands that can come back together after nearly 2 decades, pushing 50, and still out perform and songwrite most bands today.

10/10
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delux not even for die-hards! 5 Dec 2012
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Soundgarden are my favourite band, I have all their albums and a lot of their CD singles that contain some of their rarer stuff. Like many others I was excited on the announcement of this new album and even pre-ordered the delux version.
The first listen was a little underwhelming as only the first track really appealed to me. However, like another reviewer has said it can take a number of listens to get into some of Soundgarden's later material, which holds true for this release. Also like their last album, a lot of the songs seem largely influenced by Chris, and if you have listened to his solo albums you will know where I am coming from. Fortunately there is enough of a balance with the old school Soundgarden style to offset this.
Now comes the negative, the last 3 tracks on this delux version are just demo's of 3 of the other tracks on the album. Now I wish I had read the tracklist more closely on Amazon, but being a fan I just went ahead and ordered what I thought would be the best version. As a result I feel a little short changed and let down by the band because 3 extra pounds hasnt got me 3 extra songs! And the demo's certainly dont add anything, other than run time. Am sure they had extra material when recording this album that they could have included instead on the delux version.
My advice is get the non-delux version, even if like me you are a Soundgarden fan.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth The Wait, Trust me!! 7 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of Soundgarden for many years, and when they reformed a couple of years ago I expected them to just do a few shows and be contented with the chance of maybe seeing them in the UK for the first time in years and years, Never in my wildest dreams did i anticipate a new album coming out with completely new material - and what an album it is, an absolute stormer full of diversity, quality playing, interesting tunes and for me most of all Chris Cornells superb vocal, which is backed up by great playing from the three other members. The album for me easily is as good as the last one of many years go "Down On The Upside", I have heard the full album (without the extra tracks in the deluxe edition ), and it really is superb fayre!!. Stand Out tracks are the brillaint "Bones Of Birds" ( which is dark and deep with a great lyric) , and "None State Actor" ( Powerful and intense ) ,which i'm sure if played live will be show stoppers. An excellent welcome back then and a definite thumbs up from me. All im waiting for is the vinyl to come through the post!,
I have now had the chance to listen to the album for a more prolonged period, and to me it rates as probably their second best album after "Superunknown" which as we all know is a bone fide classic Rock Album. As well as the two tracks mentioned earlier probably what is for me the best track on the album - " Black Saturday " , incredible feel and superb and thoughtful lyrics, simply put for me the best track they have done since the great days. Well Done on a superb album!. One to Savour!!!.
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Published 19 days ago by Arwen
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Published 20 days ago by Leo Gammals
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back to form
Published 1 month ago by clive pullin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album, the old lions still roar. Great album version too, the live tracks are very good
Published 3 months ago by Alvise Ravenna
5.0 out of 5 stars Ongoing excellence
Bought in anticipation of their Hyde Park appearance - and then they played the whole of "Superunknown" ! This is equally listenable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrew James Whitehead
5.0 out of 5 stars Just keep on rowing, gotta row!
Having grown up in the 1990s I am pleased to see many of the great rock bands like Soundgarden and Alice in chains are still keeping the rock n roll spirit alive for both bands... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Man Of Leisure
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Bought for my partner he loves it and so do it. I am now a Soundgarden fan too. Well packaged.
Published 7 months ago by J. Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
Having followed Soundgarden from the release of Louder Than Love until Superunknown, I was very sceptical about this. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Smethy
3.0 out of 5 stars King
It is a present and has not yet been played.
Maybe I'll tell you later, maybe not, it all depends.
Published 11 months ago by Mr. N. C. Gravette
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb return
Really enjoying this album. I was a bit worried on hearing they had re-formed, however this album seems to have brought together the different sounds from the previous three albums... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Simon Pugsley
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