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Anyone who knows me can tell you that I am the biggest Soundgarden fan. I consider myself an OG SG fan to be honest. The first time I heard them was a very long time ago and the first time I saw them on the small screen will forever stick with me as one of the reasons why I decided to rock a guitar. That being said – we all know how great their older albums are. More specifically we all know how great Badmotorfinger and Superunknown are where Down on the Upside had a slew of classics but no real cohesion. But, I am not here to talk about those albums right now. I am here to talk about King Animal. Now, don’t get me wrong I dig the reunion, I was excited for new material, and I even saw them live on my 30th birthday (magical) and I did give this new album a big listen. I gotta tell ya – it’s good but not GREAT. It starts out amazing and becomes a convoluted mess that should have just been another Chris Cornell solo album after the first four songs. My biggest problem isn’t that the songs are for the most part mediocre it’s that you aren’t getting what I feel like is that full SG oomph. Even the opening tracks are some what diluted from what you would expect to hear from a band that has not had a studio album in close to two decades. I get behind the first few tracks and really dig the singles but they just leave you wanting more. What happened to the hooks? Where is the underlying angst? I’m glad Cornell is sober this time around but when you think about it he is also the only one of the original four who has done any original music (besides Cameron in PJ) Now, I’m not saying this is a paycheck they phoned in a few weeks of work for but I AM saying that the cage is rusty indeed.