FUTURE NOW, THE: “Hangman” b/w “The Runaway”: 7”

I find the first song, “Hangman,” loses me quite quickly and drags on too long. It sounds like an outtake from Superunknown, which I still have on cassette. Busted it out to verify. Yep, sounds like the runt of the litter Cornell refused to sing on. The second song sounds like Stone Temple Pilots, and, yes, that really is all there is to say about it. I guess I just don’t understand the point of releasing something so identical to what I grew up listening to and, in its majority, completely ignoring. Pearl Jam released an album last year, and it didn’t sound like Ten. Real bands have their own sound, or at the very least their own approach. There’s no way this band can claim to have such a thing.

 –Rene Navarro (Kiss Of Death / Sound Study)