Out of Exile

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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.

Out of Exile
Audioslave - Out of Exile.jpg
Studio album by Audioslave
Released May 23, 2005
Recorded July 2004 – January 2005
Studio
Genre
Length 53:38
Label
Producer
Audioslave chronology
Audioslave
(2002)
Out of Exile
(2005)
Revelations
(2006)
Singles from Out of Exile
  1. "Be Yourself"
    Released: February 2, 2005
  2. "Your Time Has Come"
    Released: May 3, 2005
  3. "Doesn't Remind Me"
    Released: July 5, 2005
  4. "Out of Exile"
    Released: November 2005

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."[1] Chris Cornell admitted to writing his most personal songs ever on this album, influenced by the positive changes in his life since 2002.[2] He also described the album as more varied than the debut and relying less on heavy guitar riffs.[3]

On May 6, 2005, Audioslave played a free show in Havana, Cuba.[4] Audioslave became the first American rock group to perform a concert in Cuba, playing in front of an audience of 70,000.[5] The band traveled to Havana on May 4 to interact with Cuban musicians.[6] 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.[7] 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

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 67/100[8]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[9]
The Austin Chronicle 4/5 stars[10]
Blabbermouth.net (6.5/10)[11]
Robert Christgau (dud)[12]
Entertainment Weekly C+[13]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[14]
Pitchfork Media (6.8/10)[15]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[16]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[17]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[18]

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,[19] 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,[20] and pointed out that Out of Exile is "the sound of a band coming into its own."[21] Allmusic praised the album as "lean, hard, strong, and memorable."[22] The lyrics, however, were still a common complaint; musicOMH.com wrote that Cornell's lyrics "continue to border on the ridiculous."[23] 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
UK bonus track
No. Title Length
13. "Like a Stone (live)" 4:24
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

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

  • Rick Rubin - producer
  • Brendan O'Brien - mixing
  • Billy Bowers - additional engineering
  • Stephen Marcussen - mastering
  • Antony Nagelmann - album cover
  • Robert Fisher - art direction
  • Ethan Russell - photography
  • Lindsay Chase – coordination
  • Jason Gossman – assistant
  • Dan Leffler – assistant
  • Billy Mims – assistant
  • Jonny Polonsky – Assistant
  • Thom Russo – engineer
  • Jim Scott – engineer
  • Brian Virtue – engineer

Chart positions

Album

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[24] 3
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[25] 8
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[26] 35
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[27] 44
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[28] 1
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[29] 5
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[30] 10
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[31] 5
French Albums (SNEP)[32] 31
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[33] 6
Irish Albums (IRMA)[34] 3
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[35] 1
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[36] 10
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[37] 7
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[38] 17
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[39] 2
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[40] 7
UK Albums (OCC)[41] 5
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[42] 10
US Billboard 200[43] 1

Singles

Year Track name Chart Position
2005 "Be Yourself" The Billboard Hot 100 32
Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
Hot Digital Songs 13
Modern Rock Tracks 1
Pop 100 33
"Your Time Has Come" Mainstream Rock Tracks 12
Modern Rock Tracks 12
Pop 100 93
"Doesn't Remind Me" The Billboard Hot 100 68
Hot Digital Songs 66
Pop 100 75
Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
Modern Rock Tracks 3
2006 "Out of Exile" Mainstream Rock Tracks 9
Modern Rock Tracks 14

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Preceded by
Mezmerize by System of a Down
Billboard 200 number-one album
June 5, 2005 - June 11, 2005
Succeeded by
The Emancipation of Mimi by Mariah Carey

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