Wednesday, January 9, 2013

3. scrap224; Soundgarden- KING ANIMAL

This is a Journey into Sound.....

I do not own this album on vinyl. Hail to the KING baby! KING ANIMAL is the sixth studio album by American rock band Soundgarden, released on November 12, 2012 on Seven Four Entertainment and Republic Records. Produced by both the band and Adam Kasper, the album is the band's first in sixteen years, and the first not to be released on A&M Records since 1988's Ultramega OK.
Soundgarden reformed in 2010 after a 13-year hiatus. Following the success of the band's Telephantasm compilation release that year, Soundgarden had been working on a new album with an indefinite release date. The band went on an extended world tour between the release of Telephantasm and the summer of 2012 before word came out that a new Soundgarden album would be ready for a US fall release.
"Been Away Too Long" was the first single to be released from KING ANIMAL on September 27, 2012. On October 31, "Non-State Actor" was released through the official Soundgarden YouTube channel. The video for the song features an American flag waving back and forth with the King Animal logo replacing the stars. The week before its release, the album was streamed in its entirety for free on iTunes.
KING ANIMAL is a big, bright album, executed with precision and professionalism. The bandmembers sound older, not quite as loud, and possess a keener sense of good taste, and it sounds as if they've aged together, which is a testament to their innate chemistry. Simply put, Soundgarden sound like they belong together; Cornell sounds richer, fuller when anchored by drummer Matt Cameron, (who is now pulling double duty as fellow Seattle alumni bands Pearl Jams drummer as well) bassist Ben Shepherd, and the deceptively sinewy and brainy guitarist Kim Thayil, whose presence has sorely been missed over the past decade."
The Track Listing for KING ANIMAL is;
‘Been Away Too Long’
‘Non-State Actor’
‘By Crooked Steps’
‘A Thousand Days Before’
‘Blood On The Valley Floor’
‘Bones of Birds’
‘Black Saturday’
‘Halfway There’
‘Worse Dreams’
‘Eyelid’s Mouth’
The first track "Been Away Too Long" pretty much sums up my opinion of this album & Soundgarden in general. Sure Chris Cornell has tried some different things since Soundgarden last was together like, a James Bond movie theme & Audioslave to name a few but Soundgarden is different. I grew up with these guys. They have never been my all-time favorite Seattle bands. That distinction goes to Pearl Jam but they are close to the top.
This is a Soundgarden album through & through. Sounds retro heavy & modern cool at the same time. Great album. It won't disappoint.

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