Out of Exile

Out of Exile

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While there's no shortage of pure power in their ranks, the most appealing thing about Audioslave is their unfettered devotion to the groove -- a loyalty that saturates Out of Exile from the opening moments of the bass-heavy "Your Time Has Come." Frontman Chris Cornell imbues that tune -- a sepulchral antiwar screed -- with a

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While there's no shortage of pure power in their ranks, the most appealing thing about Audioslave is their unfettered devotion to the groove -- a loyalty that saturates Out of Exile from the opening moments of the bass-heavy "Your Time Has Come." Frontman Chris Cornell imbues that tune -- a sepulchral antiwar screed -- with a sense of foreboding that matches the darkness of Soundgarden's most formidable material. The disc's mood is fairly unrelenting, from the title track -- which incorporates a jarringly martial drum intro and a vocal that perfectly conveys the lyric's quiet desperation -- to a bluesy dirge ("Heaven's Dead") that's downbeat enough to squelch Annie's hope that the sun'll come up tomorrow. When they allow the wall of sound to crack a bit, the results are intriguing, as evidenced by "Doesn't Remind Me," a complex track that alternates pastoral acoustic verses -- in which Cornell muses about his fondness for "gypsy moths and radio talk"-- and crushing choruses. There's a similar dichotomy at play in the deceptively jaunty "Drown Me Slowly," which might be as close to old-school boogie as Audioslave can get (save for those typically hair-raising Tom Morello guitar solos). The disc isn't without its clunkers -- the sappy "Be Yourself" proves once again that the band should treat power ballads the way Superman treats kryptonite -- but it does offer ironclad proof that Audioslave have completed their evolution from interesting project to fully realized musical force.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Given that most supergroups last little longer than a single album, it was easy to assume that Audioslave -- the pairing of Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell and the instrumental trio at the core of Rage Against the Machine -- was a one-off venture. That suspicion was given weight by their eponymous 2002 debut, which sounded as if Cornell wrote melodies and lyrics to tracks RATM wrote after the departure of Zack de la Rocha, but any lingering doubts about Audioslave being a genuine rock band are vanished by their 2005 second album, Out of Exile. Unlike the first record, Out of Exile sounds like the product of a genuine band, where all four members of the band contribute equally to achieve a distinctive, unified personality. It's still possible to hear elements of both Rage and Soundgarden here, but the two parts fuse relatively seamlessly, and there's a confidence to the band that stands in direct contrast to the halting, clumsy attack on the debut. A large part of the success of Out of Exile is due to the songs, which may be credited to the entire group but are clearly under the direction of Cornell, sounding much closer to his past work than anything in Rage's catalog. Even the simple riff-driven rockers are tightly constructed songs with melodies and dramatic tension -- they lead somewhere instead of running in circles -- while the ballads have a moody grace and there's the occasional left-field surprise like the sunny, sweet psych-pop gem "Dandelion"; it's the strongest set of songs Cornell has written in a decade. Which is not to say that Out of Exile is without excesses, but they're almost all from guitarist Tom Morello; his playing can still seem laborious, particularly when he clutters single-string riffs with too many notes (the otherwise fine opener, "Your Time Has Come," suffers from this), and his elastic stomp box excursions verge on self-parody on occasion. Still, these are isolated moments on an album that's otherwise lean, hard, strong, and memorable, a record that finds Audioslave coming into its own as a real rock band.

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Release Date:
05/24/2005
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602498815632
catalogNumber:
000460302
Rank:
24652

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Out of Exile 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Audioslave's out of exile is amazeingly better than audioslave's first album.If u like Green Day you'll like this. I recommened the songs "your time has come" and "drown me slowly".
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is incredible, one of the all time greats in my opinion. Audioslave has vaulted themselves into the realm of the truly great super groups. This album has a hard edge tempered with passion and meaning capped off with Chris Cornell's sorrowful vocal's. Many of the songs have an air of mystique to them, and powerful messages. They have mastered the art of story telling in the song writing, for old schoolers like myself this has many of the qualities that the great band Bad Company exhibited. Rock hard with a touch of tenderness. Enjoy, this is a rare treat, and if you ever want to see a rock show that will stay with you your entire life, see Audioslave live in concert, few bands can match them live, if any.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, Audioslave has to be one of the greatest bands ever. Chris Cornell's spectacular voice that puts you into the mood of the music and the guitar solo's are to die for. I would buy all their merch if I had the money. So I am gonna have to say BUY THIS ALBUM IT ROCKS!!!!!!!! even thoughI havn't heard all of it yet I know for a fact that Be Yourself is a GREAT song!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
you know what jake. youre wrong. you just dont appreciate whats here. listen to it. really listen to it. try to understand. this is the shiz.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Your time has come Be yourself ....on the way to be another great album
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really love Audioslave to death. I saw them live at the Avalon in Boston and it was a life changing experience. There are definitely amazing songs on this album. I LOVE IT! Although, I do have to admit that I was somewhat disspointed. While the album is extremely well crafted, I was really hoping that there would be a lot more hard rocking songs. While Audioslave comes close to real hard rock with tracks like "Drown Me Slowly" <-AWESOME TRACK and "Out of Exile" "Man or Animal" etc... and there are several tracks that reminded me greatly of the tail end of SG, with tracks like "Doesn't Remind Me" and "Heaven's Dead" <=highly reminiscent of tracks like "Zero Chance". WHICH IS AWESOME Although, even with the good tracks, I felt like they were kind of moving away from hard rock alternative all together and heading more towards soft rock. Case in point: the song "Dandelion". It really makes me angry, because it is so different from their old style, and it really begs the question: are audioslave going to go pop??!! These songs are really good however, but I guess this album just really frightens me because I don't want to loose more artists to the lure of selling out. :-/ I like these tracks though, but I just really hope that their next album won't include as many popish-rock songs. [to any other hardcore fans don't worry I'm not saying that audioslave is POP!!! AT ALL!, OR that they sold out! they haven't at all they are EXTREMELY ORIGINAL!!! I'm just saying that on the advent of this album, it really makes me terrified that i might even be entertaining the idea..:-/] To anyone who is considering buying this album, please do! Audioslave have definitly carved out a niche for themselves and have created their own sound and style in the rock world, and are rapidly becoming legendary.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love "Be Yourself" it is a nice simple song with a great message. Some of the other songs are a bit off for me. I also like the first song! I recemend listening to the cd on Barnes and Noble before buying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I say? The first time I heard them, I hated it. I loved Rage, and there first cd made me miss zack. So I left like that until... today. I saw the music video for there new song, The first one on the cd, I forget the name, and both the song and video was just amazing. I have since listened to the album, and now plan to buy it. I think Tom is one of the best guitarists ever. Right, go check it out
Guest More than 1 year ago
AUdioslave is the greatest band ever created! The first cd was amazing, and I'm 1000% sure this cd is going to be just as good it is a must buy, and I would pay 100$ if I had to, to buy it. Be Yourself is a good song, and I heard Chris Cornell (the lead singer) thinks that every song on this album could be a single! Me, I am just dying to get this new cd!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You're just stupid indiana socialist (read below).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This hasn't come out but the two songs I've heard from it (Be Yourself and Your time has Come) are spectacular. Their last album was incredible and if you liked that one I can bet that this one will be twice as good. Remember the guitar solo in Like a Stone? Well there's one that's just as good or better in Be Yourself and it makes you want to jump and scream with delight. So if the rest of the cd is as good, then I would buy it the first day it comes out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After hearing "Your Time Has Come," and "Be Yourself," I knew that this band is hopeless. They just get softer and softer. I thought Audioslave's first album was soft, but this pushes the limits. I've gotten over Rage Against the Machine's death, but why do Tom, Tim, and Brad still waste their time and talent on this washed up grunge loser? I still like the Rage guys, but my hatred for Cornell keeps soaring. These guys sound just like Velvet Revolver, 3 Doors Down, Creed, Nickelback, and many other with a couple of "Rage" riffs here and there to remind us that the Rage guys are in this band (just like in their last record). Cornell's lyrics force the rest of the band to play ballads and the lyrics themselves have been done to death by these "poor me I hate my life" bands like Nirvana and Something Corporate. This album, and "Mezmerize" by SOAD, are the two most anticipated albums this year, don't by either because they suck huge @55. Buy "Enemy of God" by Kreator instead for the best album of 2005. When it comes to greatness, "Out of Exile" and "Mezmerize" are like ant hills, "Enemy of God" is like the Sears Tower. You should also buy all of Rage's albums and live Rage bootlegs from Ebay. I hope this is Audiogay's last album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I give this album a 4/5 because it's an okay album. Their first album is way better than this one. The only songs I like from this album are "Your time has come", "Be Yourself", and "Out of Exile". "Doesn't Remind Me" sounds ok. The rest are like 2/5 or 3/5 rating. Don't listen to those who bash Chris or Audioslave because those idiots are bias. They hate this album because they either hate Chris or any other band member. If you're an Audioslave fan, must get this album. If you're not really a fan, I don't think you should get this. Better to get their first album instead.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Set them to wake yourself up after you've listened to the new Audioslave album. Once again, this "supergroup" has delivered one more completely forgettable collection of songs that will by no means offend anyone, or excite them, or inspire anything more revolutionary than an afternoon nap on the Tuesday of it's release. Rage against the Machine rocked. Soundgarden rocked. File Audioslave under easy listening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first album of Audioslave just showed the potential of the group..This time the whole new album is perfect.Each song is catchy ,wonderfuly crafted with all the classic elements of RATM and Soundgarden.Supergroup!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Both Rage and Soundgarden were forceful musical icons back in the 90's, but the 2 of them together have yet to produce. Audioslave is a group with potential that has fallen short on both of there albums. The music just sort of meanders along never reaching any really high or low points. It's just bland. The drive that fueled Chris Cornell&#8217;s vocals is beginning to sound as if his voice is fading, as seems to happen to almost all powerhouse vocalists in time. If you listen to how he wailed on Classic SoundGarden tunes like, "Nothing to Say", or "Loud Love", and then turn on such pointless sap as "Be Yourself", then the decline in vocal intensity and drive becomes apparent. At this point in his career, the vocals still have stregnth, but you can hear that it's fading. Even the backing music leaves fans something to be desired. Armed with an array of distortions and effects, Rage produced some of the most unique sounds ever heard in the world of Rock. (Although I consider it just that, sounds and not actual music.) But now even that has been turned into predictable, watered-down rage style riffs and weak solos, with nothing new to excite fans, or show any band potential. Unless this band whips up the volume on there 3rd album, and dazzles me with an onslaught of savage riffs, blazing solos, and vocals that shriek like a banshee in the night, all topped off with purposeful, or insightful lyrics, then to me, they are musically stagnant, and about as good a listen as Bete Midler, or Nsync.
Guest More than 1 year ago
what a major disappointment!!! only 2 songs on the entire cd rock at all!! reminds me of the last soundgarden album. chock full of self-indulgent slop!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Audioslave's new album is a real departure for them. It's nothing like Soundgarden or Rage. Some might find fault with that, but give it a chance and you can't help but know that these are great songs. The only thing that even comes close by way or comparison may be Temple of the Dog. This is the best song writing from Chris since Superunknown and the most well crafted music from the rage guys period. Highly recommended.
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