Soundgarden – King Animal

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Having reformed after 15 years to tour their back catalogue, Seattle legends Soundgarden decided to give some new stuff a try.

You can see why; there’s both tightness and a flow to King Animal that suggest things fell back into place very smoothly.

When they click, there aren’t many bands that can touch Soundgarden. Even fellow Seattlers Pearl Jam couldn’t compete with the groove the rhythm section of Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron generate on Taree.

The ever-present Sabbath and Zeppelin influences combine to great effect on Black Saturday and swirling guitars give the superb Bones of Birds a psychedelic feel. You could lose yourself in these songs. The track that has found its way under my skin is Been Away Too Long. Its title says it all.