Even diehard Chris Cornell fans have to admit the sound of the former Soundgarden front man backed by Timbalandâ€™s electronic beats is a tad bit disconcerting. Now imagine an entire album of this Cornell hip hop hybrid.
On first blush the songs are hard to take, but after repeated listens, a few of the tracks start to show some appeal, (particular the vitriol-laced album opener â€œPart of Meâ€ and itâ€™s polar opposite â€œNever Far Awayâ€). The bulk of the songs, however are average at best and would quickly drift off into obscurity if not for Cornellâ€™s notoriety.
Cornell should certainly be respected for not wanting to cover the same ground already taken with grunge Gods Soundgarden and the more rock-focused Audioslave, but his foray into electronics-heavy hip hop may be a little further than most Cornell fans are willing to follow. A plea to Cornell: please bring back the guitarsâ€¦ at least one more time.
Top Track: â€œPart of Meâ€ and â€œNever Far Awayâ€
Rating: 6.9 out of 10
Chris Cornell â€“ Scream / CD / 2009 Interscope / 13 Tracks / http://www.chriscornell.com