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Temple of the Dog - foreshadowing greatness from chris corne,
This review is from: Temple Of The Dog (Audio CD)
Temple of the Dog is assuredly one of the top 10 best rock albums ever recorded to my way of thinking. Chris Cornell's song-writing shines, suggesting a level of thought and sensitivity seen but not fully realized in the music of Soundgarden. Temple of the Dog is a treat for any listener who enjoys the juxtaposition of grinding, high-pitched passionate wails and deep, somber baritone expression, as well as the combination of driving rock rythms and contemplative soul-explorations. Before Chris came out with Euphoria Morning, I always said that he was clearly the best aspect of Soundgarden. I also said that the best Soundgarden album was not by Soundgarden, but rather by Temple of the Dog. Chris's solo debut confirmed these initial suspicions and further explored the promise revealed in Temple of the Dog, establishing Chris as one of the very best singer/songwriters in rock today or any time. I would put this album and Chris's first solo album in the same category of quality successive albums as Operation Mindcrime and Empire by Queensryche, or Pull and thisconversationseemslikeadream by Winger / Kip Winger. While Queensryche seems to have somehow lost its inspirational way, I hope that Chris continues to venture down the path laid by Temple of the Dog and Euphoria Morning. If he can continue to approach this level of singing and songwriting, I believe he is destined to go down as a legend along with such groundbreaking bands as Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac (a la Rumors). Chris, please keep the music coming, and don't make us wait too long.