Out of Exile

Out of Exile is the second studio album by American rock supergroup Audioslave. It was released on May 23, 2005 internationally and a day later in the United States, by Epic Records and Interscope Records. It is the band's only album to chart at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Four singles were released from the album, which were "Be Yourself", "Your Time Has Come", "Doesn't Remind Me", and "Out of Exile". "Doesn't Remind Me" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 48th Grammy Awards in 2006.

Audioslave - Out of Exile.jpg
Audioslave - Out of Exile.jpg

Background

Drummer Brad Wilk explained: "Audioslave the band has arrived. The first record was people from two other bands with history attached. I don't feel that with this record." Chris Cornell admitted to writing his most personal songs ever on this album, influenced by the positive changes in his life since 2002. He also described the album as more varied than the debut and relying less on heavy guitar riffs.

On May 6, 2005, Audioslave played a free show in Havana, Cuba. Audioslave became the first American rock group to perform a concert in Cuba, playing in front of an audience of 70,000. The band traveled to Havana on May 4 to interact with Cuban musicians. Cornell commented: "Hopefully, this concert will help to open the musical borders between our two countries." The 26-song set concert was the longest the band had ever played. Many songs from Out of Exile were performed at the concert, held three weeks prior to the release date, making these the first live performances of the tracks from this album. The concert was documented on the Live in Cuba DVD released in October of the same year.

Critical reception

Critical response was mostly warm, highlighting the fact that the band was working towards defining its own sound, as opposed to just Rage Against the Machine fronted by Cornell. Critics initially described Audioslave as an amalgamation of Rage Against the Machine and Soundgarden, but by the band's second album, Out of Exile, noted that they had established a separate identity. The album was received more favorably than Audioslave's debut; critics noted Cornell's stronger vocals, likely the result of quitting smoking and drinking, and pointed out that Out of Exile is "the sound of a band coming into its own." Allmusic praised the album as "lean, hard, strong, and memorable." The lyrics, however, were still a common complaint; musicOMH.com wrote that Cornell's lyrics "continue to border on the ridiculous." The album was chosen as one of Amazon.com's Top 100 Editor's Picks of 2005.

Commercial performance

Out of Exile was released in May 2005 and debuted at number one on the U.S. charts. The album has since gone on to achieve platinum status.

Track listing

All lyrics written by Chris Cornell; all music composed by Audioslave.

No. Title Length
1. "Your Time Has Come" 4:15
2. "Out of Exile" 4:51
3. "Be Yourself" 4:39
4. "Doesn't Remind Me" 4:15
5. "Drown Me Slowly" 3:53
6. "Heaven's Dead" 4:36
7. "The Worm" 3:57
8. "Man or Animal" 3:53
9. "Yesterday to Tomorrow" 4:33
10. "Dandelion" 4:38
11. "#1 Zero" 4:59
12. "The Curse" 5:09
Total length: 53:38
Japanese bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Super Stupid" (Funkadelic cover) Edward Hazel, Lucious Ross, William Nelson, George Clinton 3:26
14. "Like a Stone (live)"   4:24
UK bonus track
No. Title Length
13. "Like a Stone (live)" 4:24

Note

  • In the song "Drown Me Slowly", a melody line can be heard in the background during the bridge that is also in the song "Sound of a Gun" from their 2006 album 'Revelations'.

Personnel

Production and design

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