King Animal
Soundgarden - King Animal
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2012 Ratings: #581 / 928
User Score
Based on 23 ratings
November 13, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Seven Four/Republic / Label
Your Review


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. 


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

A.V. Club

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

Consequence of Sound

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.

Jun 12, 2014
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
Jan 2, 2013
A great album, for sure. Probably the best album of 2012, with A Thousand Days Before being the best song of 2012.
Nov 25, 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.
Nov 25, 2012
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.
Nov 19, 2012
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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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

Added on: September 17, 2012