Out of Exile

Common Sense Media says

Soundgarden meets Rage Against the Machine.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Heavy-handed, depressing content at times.


Several references to death, but they're all pretty poetic.


Nothing explicit.


Nothing offensive.


Not an issue.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Nothing obvious.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that some of the lyrics are pretty depressing and contain some poetic death references.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Audioslave, that group made up of most of Rage Against the Machine along with Soundgarden's former singer/songwriter Chris Cornell, has kept the promises made on 2002's Debut. OUT OF EXILE features strong singing and songwriting, spectacular guitar work, and a tight, energetic rhythm section -- these guys sound like a real band this time around.

Is it any good?


Most teenagers will identify with the depressing nature of the lyrics on some of these tracks -- "The Worm" has been described as an anthem for self-loathing, and a couple of the tracks dwell on poetically dramatic death references ("One took some bullets in the chest in a deal gone wrong/One got a little too depressed and went and jumped the gun/One got shot right in the face and somehow he survived/But he doesn't know my name or who I am/And I'm not surprised" on "Your Time Has Come," for example).

Parents may have a harder time with the heavy-handed arrangements and the death stuff. But there are some cheerful moments, on "Dandelion" and "Be Yourself," and the real star is the band's apparent interpersonal and musical chemistry. Chris Cornell's soulful, expressive vocals and Tom Morello's incredible guitar work are guaranteed to inspire young rockers, and that seems like a pretty good deal all around.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the heavier aspects of the lyrics. In what ways does this album resonate with you?

Music details

Release date:May 24, 2005
Label:Interscope Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byKS25 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Doesn't Remind me is the best.

I wasn't really impressed with any of the other songs, however it is a pretty decent CD. Not anything to worry about kids listening to.
Adult Written byraab April 9, 2008
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Band with an amazing past. They are Rage without Zach De La Rocha and Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell. Tom Morellos guitar riffs are fantastic.
Teen, 17 years old Written bypitpens9091 April 9, 2008
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