Friday, Feb. 1, 2013
The 2010 Soundgarden reunion couldn’t have come soon enough. Since the breakup of his post-Soundgarden band Audioslave, singer Chris Cornell had been drifting from one confused project to the next, recording an album of “American Idol”-styled genre hopping, Carry On, and a notorious terrible Timbaland-produced solo album that will forever be remembered as a punchline, Scream. But on Soundgarden’s new King Animal, the band’s first album since 1996’s Down on the Upside, Cornell sounds revitalized again. It’s a strong record that finds Cornell and his bandmates acting their age without sacrificing the edge that made them one of the ’90s most forceful grunge bands. After all those years he wasted trying to reinvent himself as Chris Daughtry or Justin Timberlake, Cornell finally sounds like himself again.