Soundgarden's 'King Animal' Is Out Today; Concert Tickets On Sale Saturday
The reviews are in: Grunge lives. And with Soundgarden, it sounds ageless.
Critics and fans were skeptical, cueing reruns of Almost Live's "The Lame List," but the Soundgarden reunion album King Animal dropped today and brings back the flannel-and-chains sound of the '90s with a vengeance. "King Animal is a weirdly cool beast to encounter in 2012—like running into a mastodon in a Melvins T-shirt," writes Rolling Stone's Jon Dolan. "They haven't forgotten how to stomp out the jams: Thayil is still a warlock guitar conjurer of the first order, and Cornell rolls around his multi-octave range like some kind of backwoods metal-Mariah." The Washington Post agrees. So does Consequence of Sound. In other words: Grunge lives. And with Soundgarden, it sounds ageless.
After a 15-year break, themes have strayed from the "Black Hole Sun" days, but the band still embraces the darkness and uncertainty of the future. "Don't know where I'm going, I just keep on rowing," Cornell moans on a softer track, "Rowing."
We know where you're going, Chris. Back to Seattle on a reunion tour. Soundgarden will play the Paramount February 7 and 8 and tickets go on sale this Saturday, November 17, at 10am. It feels like you've been away for far too long.
Feb 7 & 8 at 8, Paramount Theatre, $67 + fees
Watch the video for Soundgarden's first single off King Animal, "Been Away Too Long."