- King Animal

Soundgarden - King Animal
CRITIC SCORE
67
Based on 21 reviews
2012 Rank: #578 / 880
USER SCORE
67
Based on
18 ratings

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70
Drowned in Sound

As an album King Animal remains a somewhat numbing listen, its components, as excellent as they individually often are, making for a rather wearing collective, undeniably muscular but curiously unmemorable. 

70
Paste

Soundgarden deserves to be commended for recapturing the feeling of grunge and reintroducing it today.

67
A.V. Club

In spite of the lack of innovation, King Animal rarely feels like a legacy act halfheartedly retreading its past glories. 

60
Consequence of Sound

Unfortunately, King Animal too often leaves the listener imagining what a song would have sounded like without the sanitizing.

60
NME

All those years in Audioslave have smoothed Cornell’s appealingly rough edges, and as grand as ‘King Animal’ occasionally sounds, it lumbers when it should roar. 

60
PopMatters

Everything the sarcastic flannel-wearer hibernating inside of us all might hope for is present: Cornell’s weathered yet still sturdy wail, a weighty rhythm section, and an unending stream of detuned riffs in weird time signatures.

59
Pitchfork

King Animal makes for a respectable display of Soundgarden's proficiency, but lacks their once-imposing majesty.

50
musicOMH

King Animal would have been better had it foregone the regal pretensions and just stuck to being a feral beast.

austincrane235
41
Best Track: A Thousand Days Before, Bones Of Birds, Black Saturday, or Halfway There
Worst Track: Eyelid's Mouth
Most Overrated Track: By Crooked Steps
Most Underrated Track: Been Away Too Long
95
A great album, for sure. Probably the best album of 2012, with A Thousand Days Before being the best song of 2012.
100
it's a total classic, somber, dark, psychedelic, melodic, catchy and weird... definitely one of the best albums of the year, and one of the best comebacks ever.
100
best album of the last decade and this one, you guys are on crack to think todays rock can beat this or any of the pop shit... this is the band that is on par with black sabbath.
65
Not bad but leaves me feeling that it is comprised of material that would have been left off of previous albums. Nothing but b-sides here.
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Added on: September 17, 2012