“King Animal” is not so much a roaring comeback for Soundgarden as it is a pleasant return. There's nothing bad about these 13 tracks, but nothing truly remarkable either. It's been 16 years since singer Chris Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd, and drummer Matt Cameron applied their combined talents to new songs, and while the old chemistry sounds intact (though can we get more from the drummer , please?) the material is not particularly combustible.
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