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4.0 out of 5 stars
A strong comeback after the "Difficult Second Album", 13 Sept. 2006
I couldn't wait to hear Audioslave's first album. When I heard about the collaboration between Chris Cornell, one of the most distinctive singers in rock music and the remains of Rage Against The Machine, one of the best bands of the nineties, it was not a case of "Will it be any good?" but more one of "Just how good will it be?". I was not dissapointed. It was superb - easily the best rock record of the decade so far, and translated brilliantly to the live shows they performed in the follow-up tour.
The second album was a different kettle of fish. It just lacked any of those moments that really raise the heartbeat and give you that surge of energy that rock fans live for. It was steady, but nothing more.
I was taken by surprise at the speed with which the band released this third album - it is only a year on from the last one. With such haste comes a fear that things have been rushed and quality has suffered as a result. Was the band aware that the second album was not as well received as the first and thus rushed more material out to try to minimise the damage to a growing reputation? If that was the case it hardly matters because this is an excellent collection of songs.
The overall sound harks back to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in the early nineties, before they grew old and slowed down, crossed with a heavy dose of Led Zeppelin and even a hint of late eighties cock rock. Somehow this all adds up to a big growling funky beast, with all four members sounding like they are enjoying themselves. The enjoyment is infectious. There are a couple of songs of the more mature, calmer variety, but mostly these songs are loud, mean and display a similar sort of rough groove to that in Rage's best work.
The first half of the album is strongest: all of the first seven songs are worthy of five stars as they are real crackers. One or two of the later songs betray a slight tailing-off, hence the rating of only 4 stars overall. But that's ok, because you can play it on a loop and listen to the start of the album again straight afterwards and you soon forget that!
This is a very good, highly recommended album. So whether you are a rock fan looking for something new or are a fan who is not sure after the second album, fear not. You won't be dissapointed this time. Revelations indeed.