Album review: King Animal - Soundgarden

JAMES BELFIELD
Last updated 05:00 30/12/2012

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KING ANIMAL
Soundgarden
(Universal)

Like a dopplar-ed departing ambulance siren, time has stretched Soundgarden's importance to the point where their 94-97 glory days of Superunknown to Down on the Upside seem to sum up much of that decade's radio-friendly grunge.

While Nirvana blazed out and Pearl Jam grew older and wiser, Soundgarden were slipped into Chris Cornell's back pocket while he went and played with Slash, Santana and Timbaland, rocked out with Audioslave and then penned a James Bond theme.

This reformation should really be a major event - should really show that Cornell and friends had been away, learnt something and come back with a decade's worth of difference.

Instead, it's like the first 10 years of the new millennium never happened.

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