Out of Exile



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.

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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Teen, 17 years old Written byHoodedAce February 21, 2013

Chris Cornell

Chris is the greatest Male vocalist ever (with good competition from Eddie Veder and Freddie Mercury) So. Any album with him on it is a must have. If you're broke. At least get Like a Stone and Doesn't Remind me. These songs are so good. me and my friends learned them both and played them in public. People loved it. And we kinda suck at the whole singing and playing instruments thing, so think how good those songs would be with actually skilled musicians!!!!
Kid, 11 years old May 12, 2012

Good, Not Great

OK. I looove Dandilion and I wish Gasoline was on here. B
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 17 years old Written byitisme April 9, 2008

Solid CD

Better than audioslaves debut, but still not even close to soundgarden's fantastic "superunknown." Catchy melodies and great guitar work prevail throughout the entire album.


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