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Out of Exile is the second studio album by the Americanmarker hard rock band Audioslave, first released on May 23, 2005 internationally and a day later in the United States. It is the band's first and only number one album on the Billboard 200. Four singles were released: "Be Yourself", "Your Time Has Come", "Doesn't Remind Me", and "Out of Exile". "Doesn't Remind Me" was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 2006 Grammy Awards.

Background

Drummer Brad Wilk explained: "Audioslave the band has arrived. The first record was people from two other bands with history attached. I don't feel that with this record." Chris Cornell admitted to writing his most personal songs ever on this album, influenced by the positive changes in his life since 2002. He also described the album as more varied than the debut and relying less on heavy guitar riffs.

On May 6, 2005, Audioslave played a free show in Havana, Cubamarker. Audioslave became the first American rock group to perform a concert in Cubamarker, playing in front of an audience of 70,000. The band traveled to Havana on May 4 to interact with Cuban musicians. Cornell commented: "Hopefully, this concert will help to open the musical borders between our two countries." The 26-song set concert was the longest the band had ever played. Many songs from Out of Exile were performed at the concert, held three weeks prior to the release date, making these the first live performances of the tracks from this album. The concert was documented on the Live in Cuba DVD released in October of the same year.

Reception

Out of Exile was released in May 2005 and debuted at number one on the U.S. charts. The album has since gone on to achieve platinum status. The album features the singles "Out of Exile", "Be Yourself", "Your Time Has Come", and "Doesn't Remind Me".

Critical response was mostly warm, highlighting the fact that the band was working towards defining its own sound, as opposed to just Rage Against the Machine fronted by Cornell. Critics initially described Audioslave as an amalgamation of Rage Against the Machine and Soundgarden, but by the band's second album, Out of Exile, noted that they had established a separate identity. The album was received more favorably than Audioslave's debut; critics noted Cornell's stronger vocals, likely the result of quitting smoking and drinking, and pointed out that Out of Exile is "the sound of a band coming into its own." Allmusic praised the album as "lean, hard, strong, and memorable." The lyrics, however, were still a common complaint; musicOMH.com wrote that Cornell's lyrics "continue to border on the ridiculous." The album was chosen as one of Amazon.com's Top 100 Editor's Picks of 2005.

Track listing

All lyrics by Chris Cornell, with music written and arranged by Audioslave.
  1. "Your Time Has Come" – 4:15
  2. "Out of Exile" – 4:51
  3. "Be Yourself" – 4:39
  4. "Doesn't Remind Me" – 4:15
  5. "Drown Me Slowly" – 3:53
  6. "Heaven's Dead" – 4:36
  7. "The Worm" – 3:57
  8. "Man or Animal" – 3:53
  9. "Yesterday to Tomorrow" – 4:33
  10. "Dandelion" – 4:38
  11. "#1 Zero" – 4:59
  12. "The Curse" – 5:09


B-Sides
  • "Super Stupid" – 3:27 (Japanese bonus track)
  • "Like a Stone" (live) – 4:24 (UK & Japanese bonus track)


Personnel



Line-up



Additional personnel

  • Lindsay Chase – coordination
  • Jason Gossman – assistant
  • Dan Leffler – assistant
  • Billy Mims – assistant
  • Jonny Polonsky – Assistant
  • Thom Russo – engineer
  • Jim Scott – engineer
  • Brian Virtue – engineer


Chart positions

Album

Year Album name Chart Position
2005 Out of Exile The Billboard 200 1
2005 Out of Exile Top Canadian Albums 1
2005 Out of Exile Top Internet Albums 1


Singles

Year Track name Chart Position
2005 "Be Yourself" The Billboard Hot 100 32
2005 "Be Yourself" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
2005 "Be Yourself" Hot Digital Songs 13
2005 "Be Yourself" Modern Rock Tracks 1
2005 "Be Yourself" Pop 100 33
2005 "Your Time Has Come" Mainstream Rock Tracks 12
2005 "Your Time Has Come" Modern Rock Tracks 12
2005 "Your Time Has Come" Pop 100 93
2005 "Doesn't Remind Me" The Billboard Hot 100 68
2005 "Doesn't Remind Me" Hot Digital Songs 66
2005 "Doesn't Remind Me" Pop 100 75
2005 "Doesn't Remind Me" Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
2005 "Doesn't Remind Me" Modern Rock Tracks 3
2006 "Out of Exile" Mainstream Rock Tracks 9
2006 "Out of Exile" Modern Rock Tracks 14


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