Sound — 10
This is an amalgamation of the years of two of the heaviest and most influential bands of the '90s. Audioslave contains the singer and creative force behind Soundgarden in Chris Cornell and the guitarist, bassist and drummer from nu-punk legends Rage Against The Machine. In some songs like set it off it is clear that the spirit of Rage continues through this new unit alonside the heaviness of Soundgarden in tracks like Cochise and Show Me How To Live
Lyrics — 10
Chris Cornell is, in my own humble opinion, the second best singer in the world of rock music, his tone varies from warm, to agressive, to remissive throughout the album, his vocal range is stunnig and he could make any lyrics sound absolutely astounding. It helps that the lyrics are absolutely brilliant. The chemistry between Cornell and the legendary Tom Morello is the most important lyrical counterpoint on the album. These lyrics are befitting of any rock band, they have the want of Like a Stone, the rebbelion of Set It Off, the speed obsession in Gasoline and the want to live life to its fullest in Show Me How To Live. Overall brilliant.
Overall Impression — 10
This is as good as any album I have ever heard and it's got a feel of Led Zepplin amongst the punk/grunge/funk and soul influence. It is the best album for years. There is only one problem with this whole album, and band in general, they are not as good as Rage Against The Machine or Soundgarden, shame because its still a wonderful album.