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Not sure how I feel about this.
No way they will ever match Badmotorfinger or Superuknown so I say... stay retired. I will give it a listen though, cos I'm a sucker.
Eager (blind) anticipation of greatness + pleasurable surprise of 'Black Rain' - (Audioslave yawnrock + Chris Cornell's solo output + the world has moved on) gives me a negative result.
this website: http://www.nin.com/strobelight/ is still up.
Cornell doesn't have the voice for it anymore, and I can't think of a single case where a band's reunion album has lived up to their earlier work*. Milk those tours if you want guys, but stay out of the damn studio!
*Janes Addiction's Strays was alright I suppose. It was hardly Ritual De Lo Habitual though was it?
Strays has two of my favourite ever Jane's songs on (Just Because and True Nature), so rather glad they did it but there's some horrendous poodle rock on there.
Soundgarden are in the same league as a band with its own character, I couldn't imagine them making somethng unlistenable - plus my favourite songs are the ones Cornell doesn't wail like a banshee on anyway...roll on!
ie. pearl jam, nothing they have done in last few albums is a good as the golden years, im still happy they make records though.
I've heard the last 2 Pearl Jam albums through once each. And they keep touring and I don't care to see them. They're as good as broken up to me anyhow.
Whereas if Pearl Jam had broken up and Eddie Vedder had done an album with Timbaland and then they'd got back together and recorded Backspacer I'd have probably taken more notice of it. And most likely actively disliked it rather than just dismissed it. It's a bit irrational but context is key and all that.
....Backspacer reignited what i liked about Pearl Jam.
I'd be happy if it was as good as that. But you're right - even if it's an OK record, it will probably disappoint compared to their classic stuff. eg The Pumpkins re-union album was (mainly) quite good, but I still felt let down.
This is not going to end well.
is Black Gives Way to Blue by Alice In Chains which is easily as good as the rest of their back catalog, a modern classic!
Kim Thayil still seems to be in touch with the heavy side of things, cropping up on Ascend's album as well as on SunnO))/Boris' Altar, Matt Cameron may well get a chance to play in ways he doesn't in Pearl Jam, Ben Shepherd has been playing with Mark Lanegan, and Cornell may well go the opposite way than expected... which he's kind of already been doing since the band broke up, so who knows maybe it's all keyed up for some psychedelic heaviness? It could be horrendous, but I've always been of the opinion that they broke up too early, albeit with a pretty good legacy.