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Seattle trailblazers Soundgarden were a law to themselves, edgy, dark and deeply individual. Their savage soundscapes, coupled with Cornell's incisive lyrics and predatory roar, seduced audiences hungry for musical depth and complexity while leading trends in street fashion and iconic design. In 1989, they became the first Seattle band to sign to a major label. Their sound continued to change and evolve over the course of five pioneering albums.
Celebrated side project Temple of the Dog had already shown Cornell's more soulful side and introduced future Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder to the world. Later, Cornell shocked the business once again with richly melodic, critically acclaimed solo album "Euphoria Morning", swiftly recognized for its alienation and despair. And as the millennium turned, he joined with three other musical pioneers from rap-rock's Rage Against The Machine to create Audioslave - a multi-platinum supergroup which lived to deny its detractors, producing three top-selling albums, touring the world and becoming the first American band to bring rock to Castro's Cuba.
Since then, Cornell has redefined his sound and vision to encompass new music, new collaborations and new activities. Having contributed solo songs to movie soundtracks from "Great Expectations" to "Mission Impossible II", he became the first American male singer to write the theme song for the James Bond franchise in its most successful film to date, "Casino Royale." His bold and bluesy reinvention of Michael Jackson dance classic "Billie Jean" courted controversy and attracted imitators. And his triumphant 2007 world tour brought together songs from every stage of his career, reinterpreting them for new audiences and blending their original fire with the shock of the new.
Outside music, Cornell fronted fashion designer John Varvatos's Spring 2006 collection and settled in Paris with his family, where he has helped revive a historic restaurant, the stylish Black Calavados.
Only the most confident would claim to predict exactly what comes next for Chris Cornell. Always eclectic, always experimental, his new collaboration with super-producer Timbaland - who calls their album "the best work I've done in my career" - will take him into fresh territory, establishing a new sound and marking the creation of a masterpiece that breaks all musical boundaries. Only one thing's for sure - Chris Cornell will continue to break rules, make history and challenge everyone's expectations.
Chris Cornell Bio by Clare O'Brien
|1. Part Of Me|
|3. Sweet Revenge|
|4. Get Up|
|5. Ground Zero|
|6. Never Far Away|
|7. Take Me Alive|
|8. Long Gone|
|11. Other Side of Town|
|12. Climbing Up the Walls|
|13. Watch Out|
This is an often overlooked masterpiece. I feel like most Soundgarden/Audioslave/Cornell fans never gave it a shot because they generally do not like hip hop. Read morePublished 4 days ago by jason
This is a great collaborative effort from two distinct, but very talented individuals. The blending of Cornell's vocals with Timbaland's production is a very welcome addition to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by El Yuyo
Fantastic album. I bought it when it first came out and it is one of my favorites still. I enjoy an artist trying new music styles and growing as an artist. Read morePublished 10 months ago by emer
Wow, talk about a radical change of direction. I'm saying it's bad by any stretch, but it's so jarringly different from his other work that it's hard to know just how to rate it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by J. Brian Barker
This album is unlike any music you typically associate with Chris Cornell(Soundgarden, Audioslave) but the music has a really great beat, it makes you want to move and sing along,... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Nanette Mortensen
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I quite liked "Carry On", felt it was much more accessible and entertaining than "Euphoria Morning" even if it was lesser than his efforts with a full Band.
I have only heard a teaser for this new song of his along with that new Life on Mars promo and it sounds very weird,... Read More
Oct 9, 2008 by Timothy Fitzgerald | See all 53 posts
|Cornell Album Review||
You are correct this Soundgarden/Audioslave fan hates it.
Feb 7, 2009 by Roger | See all 40 posts
|Bring back Soundgarden!||
I agree! I realize it's Cornell's life and his decision to do whatever he wants but this is ridiculous. He's a legend for Soundgarden and Audioslave and his last solo wasn't bad but this is just stupid. I'd love to hear one more Soundgarden album...
Mar 10, 2009 by G$ash17 | See all 5 posts
|wait wait wait...||
It's possible you bought the single. How much did you pay for it?
Jan 27, 2009 by Miami Nights | See all 5 posts
T. Hower, I take it you don't have ears.
Mar 10, 2009 by J. Callahan | See all 8 posts