The Right Coast

May 11, 2005
You are not the lightning
By Tom Smith

But the problem is, the tracks released so far on the new Audioslave album are incredibly lame. Chris Cornell prating about how you have to "be yourself" -- that's original -- instead of telling his former lover "when you asked for light I set myself on fire." The latter, we know exactly what he is talking about, if we've ever been the bottom in a relationship, and a lot of us have. But "be yourself"? Who is this, a guidance counsellor? The first Audioslave album is, by rock and roll standards, something of an astonishment. Musically interesting, emotionally compelling, and addicting to listen to. A hard act to follow. And I fear they will not. Nothing would please me more than to be wrong about this.