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The new album's fourteen tracks offer the bluesy and soulful "Safe and Sound," psychedelic "Scar On The Sky," country-flavored "Finally Forever"... paeans to persistence in "Disappearing Act" and a slow-grind cover of Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean" that gives the familiar song a completely new feeling. More personal selections include "Ghost," "Arms Around Your Love" and "She'll Never Be Your Man" and alt-rock experimentations ("Killing Birds" the anthemic "Silence the Voices"). Fans of Soundgarden and Audioslave will appreciate the harder edge of "No Such Thing" and "Poison Eye" and the redemptive "Your Soul Today."
Carry On also includes the Top 10 European smash hit "You Know My Name," the main title song for the current James Bond theatrical release, Casino Royale, appearing for the first time on a full-length release. Cornell wrote and recorded the track with long-time James Bond composer David Arnold for the film.
With this collection of songs, it is evident that Cornell was inspired by songwriters from Elvis Costello to Tom Waits. Cornell says that his own lyrical approach leans on stream-of-consciousness, "getting out of my own way" to allow themes to naturally arise, whether topical or biographical. "The most exciting thing is to let yourself expose your true, vulnerable feelings, which is what resonates with people most," he explains. As far as his vocal style, he points to such R&B singers as Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin for showing masterfully how emotion can best be conveyed, even in subtle phrasing, also praising Bob Marley's expressive range and Tom Waits' use of his voice as an instrument.
I give A+ to "No such thing " & "you know my name", a (B) to "Poison eyes" & "Your soul today".
I've been a Cornell fan since his Soundgarden days, loved Euphoria Morning, and liked his stint with Audioslave although the first album is the only really good one.
Im telling you after listening to the album you just want to listen to it again, because its that damn good!!
The cd is severely scratched and skips so much you can't even play it. The cover was also cracked; zI wish I could get my money back. Is there any guarantee?Published 8 months ago by Laura Laskoski
If you would like a more in depth review of this album go to allmusic.com. Great site for any type of music.Published 9 months ago by Bob Oberg
Great album, love Chris Cornell. It seems that everything he puts out no matter who it is with is outstanding.Published 12 months ago by Brant Baird
Perfect seller! Wow, how can you go wrong with CC, no matter if he records solo or is heading him many bands. Such a talent!Published 13 months ago by Sue
Carry On - what one just does under all sorts of conditions. I find it really hard to understand those calling themselves Chris Cornell fans not loving this album, he was moving... Read morePublished 15 months ago by redanman
Probably his best solo album, in my opinion. Good from beginning to end, without skipping any songs. Billie Jean cover is especially good.Published 15 months ago by Ian
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Oh, it's that Billie Jean alright - but not like you remember it. He's been playing it live for a while and I've seen him perform it twice now. Slow, sultry, you can hear the pain of the lyrics. Simply amazing!
May 6, 2007 by L. Razonski | See all 11 posts
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Well I don't agree with what you've said I can see why you wouldn't like it if you prefer the crap thats pushed out as music today over 70s songs.
May 22, 2007 by T. Hower | See all 18 posts