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.
Soundgarden deserves to be commended for recapturing the feeling of grunge and reintroducing it today.
In spite of the lack of innovation, King Animal rarely feels like a legacy act halfheartedly retreading its past glories.
Unfortunately, King Animal too often leaves the listener imagining what a song would have sounded like without the sanitizing.
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.
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.
King Animal makes for a respectable display of Soundgarden's proficiency, but lacks their once-imposing majesty.
King Animal would have been better had it foregone the regal pretensions and just stuck to being a feral beast.
A great album, for sure. Probably the best album of 2012, with A Thousand Days Before being the best song of 2012.
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.
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.
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.