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Higher Truth

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Multiple Grammy® Award-winning, Golden Globe Nominated and acclaimed singer and songwriter Chris Cornell will release his fifth studio album Higher Truth on September 18th. Produced by Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Neil Young), Higher Truth displays Chris Cornell's constant evolution as a master songwriter, lyricist and musical craftsman telling human stories which transcend musical genres. Inspired by the stark arrangements of musicians like Nick Drake, Daniel Johnston and White Album-era Beatles, Cornell creates a musical universe unlike anything he has done before.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart
  2. Dead Wishes
  3. Worried Moon
  4. Before We Disappear
  5. Through The Window
  6. Josephine
  7. Murderer Of Blue Skies
  8. Higher Truth
  9. Let Your Eyes Wander
  10. Only These Words
  11. Circling
  12. Our Time In The Universe


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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: UMe
  • ASIN: B013TPJLO8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
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By Scott Eilers on September 18, 2015
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If you lost interest in Chris Cornell after "Scream", his (poor, in my opinion) journey into edgy electro-pop, now is the time to look back into him. Whereas "Scream" sounded like a man who was struggling with a transition in life and trying desperately to stay relevant with a youthful audience, "Higher Truth" sounds like a man who has accepted a new phase of life and embraced the gifts within that. It is mature without sounding old, classic without sounding dated, and should appeal to a wide variety of listeners. While "Higher Truth" sounds more like Cornell's first 2 albums than "Scream," it really deserves to be judged as a unique and individual work. This album is probably the softest and most subdued album Cornell has ever made, but it is still packed with real emotion, just delivered in a different way than we are used to hearing from him. There are a lot of downtempo songs with beautiful and exotic instrumentation. Cornell's guitar playing is simultaneously more mellow and more technical than on previous albums. His voice sounds better than ever. Great album. Don't overlook it.
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By Nse Ette on September 18, 2015
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"Higher Truth" is Chris Cornell's fifth solo album and comes on the heels of his 2011 acoustic collection "Songbook". It falls somewhere between rockers and folkier fare with strong songwriting.

"Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart" starts with delicate mandolin gradually adding fuzzy guitars and percussion. "Try to take a picture of the sun, and it won't help you to see the light" he sings. "Before We Disappear" is an intimate ballad with groovy bass, while "Murderer Of Blue Skies" is a bleak song on heartbreak with a lovely guitar solo; "I can't wait to never be with you again" he sings in a forlorn voice.

The title track starts off a tender piano ballad with more instruments building in after the first chorus and Cornell really stretching his vocals, while "Only These Words" is a lovely acoustic tale about his young daughter(s).

"Circling" is a dreamy ELO/Beatles-style ballad, while "Our Time In The Universe" sets quivery guitars and Middle Eastern sounds to dance beats to good effect. It appears again as a remix with a denser feel. "Wrong Side" is atmospheric with cryptic lyrics and an americana feel, absolutely beautiful. "Misery Chain" is a moody guitar strum with Cornell crooning and sweeping to his upper range.

Intimate and sometimes edgy, it's always great to hear one of the most incredible voices in rock.
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Love it all. Cornell's solo efforts typically fall into Adult Contemporary. If you are a fan of Temple of the Dog, Soundgarden, and/or Audioslave, please note that solo work is very different material. I love his voice and style which is why I pre-ordered this album. I have most of his collection, even though I didn't care much for his 2009 pairing with a Timbaland, where the two took a turn down a twisted path.

This album has Brendan O'Brien as producer and, funnily enough, the drums are mostly homegrown loops. Where this normally bothers me, it works on this album since Cornell is more about his voice and guitar skills.

There is an eclectic mix on this album. Sample it first before pulling the trigger. Some are total AC and others are unique, catchy tunes. In any event, this is a wonderful effort.

I typically try to include a handful of songs as my tops of an album, but after numerous listenings, that is still pretty hard. They are all equally good for various reasons (lyrics, hooks, chorus).

Obviously, Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart is solid (it was the first single). Murder of Blue Skies, Only These Words and Higher Truth stick out, as the tempo is faster than the majority of tracks. Our Time in The Universe is catchy as hell and you also get a remix on this album. It almost connects back with Scream, but in a much better way.

Having had numerous plays, I will be completely shocked if Our Time in the Universe isn't a huge success! Which version? Hmm. Not sure as both are great. If you are a Delain fan, it is like choosing which version of We Are The Others is "better."
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Allow some time for this to work its way into your brain. I had to give it several listens. Songs began to appeal to me. The songs start slow and steadily build layers and momentum. Of course I like heavier stuff, but that's not what he was going for with this one. It is excellent.
The guys a genius and monster talent and that's all there is to it. A harder rocking guitar track or 2 and I probably would give it that 5th star.
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By SoCalGal on January 29, 2016
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Soulful is the first word that comes to mind. Chris Cornell continues to demonstrate why he is one of the best musicians of our time. This latest effort dives in to heartache, memories, regret etc. Kind of bluegrass/kind of Bluesy/ and some tunes reminiscent of other cultural influences.
Incredible. I hear different innuendos each time I play it. Great car CD by the way. You get lost in thought and music.
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Revised review. I originally gave this album 3.5 stars, but upon further listening, I'd bump it up to four stars. The album has grown on me and took a few listens to fully appreciate. I still think it may be a tad overly long, but it's still superb.

Chris Cornell, one of rock's greatest singers from the past 25 years, has had a hit-or-miss solo career. While he has released a number of classic albums with Soundgarden, and a few very good ones with Audioslave, his solo work is a little spotty. His debut, 'Euphoria Morning' (later released as 'Euphoria Mourning') (1999), was fantastic. More laid back and relaxed than his work with Soundgarden (or later Audioslave), it was clear that Cornell's solo work was going to sound a lot different than what his fans were used to. Going back to the haunting "Seasons" from the 'Singles' soundtrack, Chris' solo music generally avoids hard-rock terrain, going for a stripped down, mellower sound, with maybe slightly more reflective lyrics. 'Euphoria Morning/Mourning' is probably the most overlooked album in Chris' long, impressive resume and the best of his four solo albums.

After three albums with Audioslave, the supergroup made up of RATM alumni, came Chris' second album "Carry On" (2007). The album boasted one great song, "You Know My Name," from the James Bond film "Casino Royale." Other than that one terrific song, 'Carry On' was rather forgettable. It's not that the album was horrible, it's just that it was a rather bland, pedestrian affair. Two years later Cornell returned with the Timbaland produced "Scream," maybe the most critically lambasted album since "Van Halen 3.
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