Sound — 10
The sound in this album is quite awesome. We're aware of the distinct sounds of Rage Against the Machine and Soundgarden, but this album is like a melting point for the two giants of the '90s. Cornell's vocals are like none other and even though he isn't as powerful as his SG days, he is still a couple of levels above most singers. His vocals towards the end of "Shadow On The Sun" shows the vocal power of the man, if you already don't know him. Tim Commerford can be heard throughout clearly, as his bass style is quite 'active' especially on "Bring 'Em Back Alive". Brad Wilk is there as usual with his ever-impressive drum work. Mr. Tom Morello needs no introduction, His riffs are really fiery as usual and his unorthodox soloing works just as awesome with this band as did with RATM.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrical work has the word 'Soundgarden' written all over it. The obvious difference being that Chris Cornell's lyrics are a lot personal than that of Zack De La Rocha's political views. This is probably a good thing for the rest of the band, as this actually allows them to extend out their musical abilities. The lyrical work is absolutely superb like in "I Am The Highway", "Shadow On The Sun" and "Like A Stone" and they are sung the way they should be sung. If you are a close listenner of the lyrics [like myself], this is a treat, and a rarity amongst many of the records that are out there recently.
Overall Impression — 10
Before Audioslave was created, if I was to think of what Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine together would sound like, I would've got the exact same expression as I got from this album. This album stood out on the first listen, then it kept getting better and better after a few listen. If I was to make a personal comment to the readers, I'd say turn off your computer, grab some money and go to the record store. it's that good. This album gets a 10 out of 10 in my opinion, simply due to it's integrity. If my copy gets stolen one night, the next morning I'll go and buy it before I do my breakfast. Thanks for reading this review.