Out of Exile (2005) On their unexpectedly strapping debut, Audioslave took more cues from Soundgarden than Rage Against the Machine, the bands in which their members once served. The… 2005-05-24 Audioslave Rock
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Out of Exile (2005)

Audioslave | BACK TO THE 'GARDEN On Exile , Audioslave recalls the highs — and lows — of singer Cornell's (right) former band
Image credit: AUDIOSLAVE: Ethan A. Russell
BACK TO THE 'GARDEN On Exile, Audioslave recalls the highs — and lows — of singer Cornell's (right) former band
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: May 24, 2005; Lead Performance: Audioslave; Genre: Rock

On their unexpectedly strapping debut, Audioslave took more cues from Soundgarden than Rage Against the Machine, the bands in which their members once served. The same is true of that CD's successor: Out of Exile's opening tracks, ''Your Time Has Come'' and the title song, ride the wild alt-rock beast as if they were Superunknown outtakes. But despite the enduring force of Chris Cornell's lungs and looser moments like ''Doesn't Remind Me,'' the album ends up in the same spinning-wheels muck that often bogged down Soundgarden. Nineties nostalgia has its limits.

Originally posted May 23, 2005 Published in issue #821-822 May 27, 2005 Order article reprints