King Animal

Soundgarden - King Animal
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2012 Ratings: #599 / 958
User Score
Based on 45 ratings
2012 Ratings: #303
November 13, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Seven Four/Republic / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

gas_souza
72
Been Away Too Long - 75
Non-State Actor - 70
By Crooked Steps - 70
A Thousand Days Before - 75
Blood On The Valley Floor - 75
Bones Of Birds - 75
Taree - 70
Attrition - 70
Black Saturday - 70
Halfway There - 70
Worse Dreams - 70
Eyelid’s Mouth - 70
Rowing - 70
Z.Younk
67
Disappointing is an understatement, but far from a terrible record.
snarekickblues
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.
MinatoArisato
60
Soundgarden essentially being Soundgarden, this isn't anything fresh but it has some nice moments if you're looking for something Grunge that wasn't made in the 90's.

Best Track: Been Away Too Long
Worst Track: Worse Dreams
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Track List

  1. Been Away Too Long 
  2. Non-State Actor 
  3. By Crooked Steps 
  4. A Thousand Days Before 
  5. Blood On The Valley Floor 
  6. Bones Of Birds 
  7. Taree 
  8. Attrition 
  9. Black Saturday 
  10. Halfway There 
  11. Worse Dreams 
  12. Eyelid’s Mouth 
  13. Rowing
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Added on: September 17, 2012