Picks and Pans Review: Audioslave

UPDATED 07/11/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/11/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT

Out of Exile
ALT-METAL

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Audioslave fails to break free of alt-metal conventions on the band's second CD. The supergroup that arose out of the ashes of Soundgarden (lead singer Chris Cornell) and Rage Against the Machine (guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk) still packs a potent if predictable wallop on cuts like the searing title track. And the No. 1 rock single "Be Yourself" has plenty of melodic punch. Even so, you keep wishing that they would really catch your ear with something new.

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