Soundgarden, "Black Rain"

77 Billboard Rating

After treating fans to a raucous, career-spanning set at Lollapalooza, the recently reunited Soundgarden is back with its first single in 13 years-only "Black Rain" isn't a new song. The lone unreleased cut on the band's recent greatest-hits compilation, "Telephantasm," is an outtake from Soundgarden's 1991 album, "Badmotorfinger." As such, the band is in trademark form: Kim Thayil provides the backbone with a meaty, driving guitar riff while Cornell-who might not be able to hit these notes nowadays-proves why he was one of the most popular vocalists of the '90s as he sings, "You can't stutter when you're talking with your eyes/By cutting out your tongue, you save face." Although it's doubtful that a new song from Soundgarden in its current state would sound anything like this track, the release of "Black Rain" is akin to unearthing a buried time capsule, one that will surely delight fans of the band's glory days.

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