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King Animal

SoundgardenAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (378 customer reviews)

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listen12. Eyelid's Mouth 4:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
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“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.”

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 13, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Republic
  • ASIN: B009AZZ6H8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (378 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,515 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2012 release, the first studio album from the Seattle Grunge/Rock band in 15 years. The band co-produced their sixth studio album with longtime Soundgarden friend and producer Adam Kasper (Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Pearl Jam) and recorded at Studio X in Seattle. King Animal was mixed by Joe Barresi (The Melvins, Queens of the Stone Age, Weezer) in Pasadena, California. With two Grammy award wins, seven overall nominations and over 21 million records sold worldwide, Soundgarden redefined Rock music for a whole generation and had a revolutionary impact on the course of musical history. In the three years since Soundgarden reunited, they released their first retrospective, Telephantasm, their first live album, Live on the 1-5, penned the end title for the feature film The Avengers, and headlined sold-out shows and festivals around the world.

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79 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Fans of Superunknown and Down on the Upside November 13, 2012
By Adrian
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For those expecting another Louder Than Love or Badmotorfinger might be disappointed. But for those who immensely enjoyed Superunknown and Down on the Upside you will find that King Animal has the trippy experimentation of Down on the Upside with the focus and strike of Superunknown and even manages to do some new stuff too. "Non-State Actor" combines the might of Led Zeppelin with the grove of Fugazi, "By Crooked Steps" is surprisingly heavy and frightening, "A Thousand Days Before" is a rolling psychedelic masterpiece, "Birds of Bones" creeps along like "The Day I Tried to Live", "Black Saturday" recalls "Burden In My Hand" while throwing in a weird bridge, but the real treasures come from the last three tracks: The erratic "Worse Dreams", the smokin' "Eyelid's Mouth", and last but certainly not least, the epic chain-gang mantra of "Rowing" that somewhat resembles "Stairway to Heaven" in structure. There is one or two filler tracks (one of them being the out of place Cornell solo sounding song "Halfway There") but there's plenty of classic Soundgarden songs to be had. I can safely call this the best Soundgarden album since Superunknown.
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67 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're back!! November 13, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I love the first reviewers satire. That was a good laugh. :)

What can I say? Soundgarden is back after 16 years with a great and heavy album. For those of us that grew up on rock, grunge and alternative in the 90s, we were younger and more impressionable. But we definitely understood the sound of a generation. I was 24 when Down on The Upside was released, and I'm 40 now. Although my musical tastes have evolved, I still come back to Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, Green River, Mudhoney, Mother Love Bone, Temple of The Dog (the album created by the unfortunate event of Andrew Wood's death), and the Melvins.

With that said, I've given this album a listen several times over the course of the last week on iTunes. Without going through a song by song breakdown, I can definitely say it's worth the money. If you're a fan of the band, this is really a no-brainer. While it doesn't have the sound of Badmotorfinger or Louder Than Love, it does remind me a lot like Superunknown. Part of that is the sound, and the other is the catchiness of the songs. I didn't feel this way with Down On The Upside. While good in it's own right, I do prefer King Animal. Some songs will stand out for different reasons. For example, Attrition to me sounds a bit like Sonic Youth and Mudhoney, which is why I personally love it. And some of the sludgier tunes are reminiscent of the Melvins. That isn't to say that they holistically "sound" like any of these bands, but more that they're reminiscent of other bands within the same time capsule.

If nothing else, listening to this album will remind you of a time when we all had fewer responsibilities. It a was time when the things that WE cared about were center stage in pop culture rather than Jersey Shore and Lady Gaga.
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49 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insert intro of "By Crooked Steps" here November 13, 2012
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The last song on Down on the Upside was titled "Boot Camp". One of the most beautiful Soundgarden songs and viewed by SG nuts like myself as the perfect ending. Needless to say, I always hoped they'd get back together or at least sell a damn t-shirt I can wear to prove my age. When `Live to Rise' came out, I got online to find a good oven to stick my head into, but I refrained. To have Soundgarden grouped with the horrendous music on the Avengers soundtrack was horrifying. I was freaking out about this new album. Will life as I know it end?

Will Cornell ask Timbaland for help in "dropping" beats? Will Kim Thayil be arrested by Homeland Security? Will Ben Shepard calm down? Will Matt Cameron implode from being too awesome?

The answer is a resounding no! And it shows! King Animal is simply awesome. My first impression was disdain, at the `you know my name' -esque titled `Been away too long'. Yeah, it starts off okay, slightly meh, and then 2 minutes in, you know Soundgarden is still Soundgarden. The euphoria for me peaked about two minutes in, and lasted all the way through the album. Glad you're back, guys! Thanks!!!!

Favorite song - By Crooked Steps
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soundgarden get autumnal on their comeback album December 10, 2012
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Having been a Soundgarden fan since early high school, I wasn't sure what to expect from their comeback album, the first in 16 long years. Not only have technology, the bandmembers' age, and MTV changed; the musical landscape itself has transformed tremendously since the mid '90s. The fading grunge scene has all but died, paving the way for countless uninspired bands like some kind of cruel slash-and-burn cycle that began with a beautiful forest but ended with an ugly cold jungle. However, in the midst of said forest, there has always been a garden. Sometimes serene, sometimes abrasive, sometimes not even appearing at all, this garden is more or less the genesis AND revelation of alternative heaviness. Obviously, this palindromic force is Soundgarden. Reforming in 2010 with a new compilation album, their reunion generated a lot of feedback, but the "new" songs on the album didn't really generate much buzz. Likewise, their song for the "AVENGERS" soundtrack was fair as a standalone rock song, but absolutely stale and generic for a band with such unprecedented power and unpredictability. Was Soundgarden still able to kindle the fire they'd created long ago? I treaded cautiously but enthusiastically while preparing for their comeback album....

The lead single, "Been Away Too Long," makes a LOT of sense. Perhaps too much, as it almost seems like a blatant marketing attempt to get everyone charged up with a kick-ass rock song that disguises an album that may otherwise not be representative of Soundgarden's uncompromising sound. Thankfully, that notion is false. In fact, "Been Away Too Long" is one of the lesser tracks on the album. "Non-State Actor" has a funky drive and a hell of a lot of attitude, and in my opinion, it's the REAL album opener.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound Garden rocks.! Not a disappointing track on ...
Sound Garden rocks .! Not a disappointing track on this album. They still have it.
Published 10 days ago by Dennis Allen Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A great new Soundgarden album to grow on you
This album stands up with any other Soundgarden album. The only song I just didn't get into was Been Away Too Long, which is conveniently the first track of this album and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gopal Balakrishnan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to hear the guys rocking like only they can
This is Soundgarden! Great to hear the guys rocking like only they can. If you loved Soundgarden back in the day, just go ahead and get this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pink
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Garbage from a huge SG fan.
Published 1 month ago by Bret
3.0 out of 5 stars No fun. The like-able songs sound reminiscent of their older ...
No fun. The like-able songs sound reminiscent of their older songs. Then they repeat all of the songs over on the album. Wierd...
Published 1 month ago by jeanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it very cool
Published 1 month ago by lester schroder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good sound
Published 2 months ago by charles johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good album
Published 2 months ago by Anderson Rodrigo Barreira
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A fun piece of music that is great for fans of the older records.
Published 3 months ago by Eric
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Half Way There is a great song but the rest of the album falls a bit short. Not bad but none of the songs seems to have memorable hooks to get you into them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dann-O
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