Well first off, to alleviate fears, this sounds nothing like Live to Rise, later day Audioslave, Carry On, or Scream! It sounds like classic Soundgarden, raw Grunge here! The song kicks off with a riff that sounds like AC/DC meets My Wave, off of Superunknown. The song has a major punk vibe. It sounds like Soundgarden undoubtably, Chris Cornell’s voice sounds the strongest it has since 2002’s Audioslave self-titled debut album. His voice actually sounds fresher here than it did on that album. Cornell’s vintage ‘yeahs’ also make their return in “Been Away Too Long.” His muse for the song seems to be the city of Seattle, and his return to it when he reunited with Soundgarden. The first part of the song features the lyrics, “Can’t go home no I swear you never can/You can walk a million miles and get nowhere/I got nowhere to go ever since I came back/Just filling in the lines from the holes that have cracked/No one knows me/No one saves me/No one loves or hates me/I’ve been away for too long/This place has a special kind of falling apart/Let me put the whole thing together in the dark/No one knows where the edge of the knife is/No one knows what intelligent life is/No one knows me/No one saves me/No one loves or hates me/But it’s fate/I only ever really wanted to break/I’ve been away for too long/But I never really wanted to stay” It seems that Cornell’s return to Soundgarden and Seattle has brought those old feelings and the angst back!
About 2:20 in Ben Shepherd has a great bassline that leads into a new part featuring a Kim Thayil riff that just sounds like classic Soundgarden, straight from 1994. Cornell sings one of my new favorite lyrics he’s ever written, “Kilos through key holes/Widows through windows.” The band sound as inspired as ever here, and have totally recaptured what they had nearly 20 years ago without sounding like they’re imitating themselves. SOUNDGARDEN ARE BACK!