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Album Review

Given the short distance separating Audioslave's second album, Out of Exile, in 2005 and their third, Revelations, in 2006, it's easy to assume that the Rage Against the Machine/Soundgarden supergroup has finally turned into an actual working band — either that or the group is working hard to get to the end of their contract so they can go their separate ways (a suspicion stoked by the flurry of Chris Cornell-centric press surrounding its release, including the announcement that he's recording a solo album and will be singing the theme song for the new James Bond film, Casino Royale, on his own). Whether or not either theory is proven true over time doesn't change the fact that Revelations builds upon Out of Exile, sounding even more like the work of a genuine band than its predecessor. In light of this record, Out of Exile feels driven by Cornell, which itself was a shift away from the Rage-driven debut. Here, the two are integrated fully into a distinctive sound, one that's tight and focused, one that's aggressive but not overly heavy. Also, Audioslave has become increasingly rhythm-driven instead of riff-driven; even on the slower songs and heavy rockers, the pulse and pull of the rhythm defines the song more than the riff. Given this emphasis on rhythm, it's not a surprise that Audioslave displays an overt funk and soul influence here, ranging from the hard funk of "One and the Same" to the Motown homage of "Original Fire." This not only makes Revelations sound like the result of a working band, one that likes to jam together, but it also gives it a lighter feel in its tone, a feeling that Cornell runs with on his lyrics and singing, which are considerably less tortured and brooding than before. All this doesn't necessarily make Revelations a fun album — making music is serious work for Audioslave and they expect the same from their audience — but it does make for their most colorful, diverse, and consistent record yet.

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Makes me feel 16 years old again

You know that feeling? When you go to the record store right after school and buy that favourite album by your favourite band, and you take it home, take off the wrapper and put it in your stereo - cranking it nice 'n loud, before the parents get home? And you just know - I mean, you JUST KNOW that the album is gonna be great? Well, if you dig Audioslave like pretty much everybody digs Audioslave, then you are gonna get that feeling - only modernized for the digital revolution. Instead of gleefully taking off the plastic wrapper, you are going to impatiently watch the little slider in iTunes move to the right, downloading the tunes. Hey - the first track has finished downloading! Do you want to start the first track and listen all the way through, or do want to wait until the download is all finished? Instead of thumbing through the cd booklet, do you want to fiddle around with the interactive booklist first? Or do you want to watch the video with the band being interviewed? Do you want to burn a cd for your car instead - crank it, grab your buddies and go cruising for chicks? Or do you just wanna throw it on the iPod, cut classes and go rollerblading instead? Or do you want to just buy the hit tune, make that killer mix for that hot new chick that you saw in Biology (you know, the one with that purple streak in her hair and that wicked tattoo on her shoulder!) - or that shy looking bookish sweetheart in English class? Yah, that's the feeling man. This album is a delicious, sumptous feast, just in time for the twilight days of summer - yet it's gonna be KILLER when you hit the slopes snowboarding in a few short months. One-click-it. It is so worth your time and money.

Makes Me Feel Like I'm 16 And I'm 56

I love Audioslave. I now have all of their albums. I'm not exactly an old geezer (am I?) but I'm still addicted to good hard drivin' rock. This is the best music for singing (screamin') your head off while driving really, really fast. Keep it coming Audioslave!

audioslave has done it again

audislave has a distinct sound that is ever evolving. this is some of their best work yet. the best songs are original fire, sound of a gun and one and the same

Biography

Formed: 2001 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

When Zack de la Rocha left Rage Against the Machine in October 2000, the band's future was put into question. Within months rumors flew that ex-Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell would replace de la Rocha. And gossip fueled truth, for Cornell joined the rest of Rage in the studio in May 2001. The mix was great and a musical bond was in the making: Cornell, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, and Tom Morello spent the next year writing and recording. By spring 2002, the foursome were no longer going by the...
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