Don't blame Audioslave. Blame the self-conscious, micro-managed city of L.A. You can just hear the armies of producers and style consultants on this record ordering, "OK, sing that part about breaking guitars and playing in the sand more soulfully," "Turn this way and slouch a little more," and "Can you sound more hard rock? Not that hard, a little less.... There you go!" Thanks to Tom Morello and Brad Wilk, the awesome musicians who've emerged from the remnants of Rage Against the Machine, Out of Exile grooves, which isn't easy. Groove alone can be worth three points. But throw Chris Cornell's post-grunge affectation on top and lyrics about being yourself and doing all that you can do, and one of those points is immediately deducted. Sorry.