And yes, I'm referring to the ex singer of the now-defunct Seattle band Soundgarden, and also of Audioslave fame. Most people don't know that Chris put out two solo albums after Soundgarden disbanded, but before he joined up to form Audioslave. Audioslave had a six year run, after which Chris decided to go back to the solo writer game. I had never really gotten into his solo work until recently, when I heard that one of my favorite producers Tim Mosley (Timbaland if you're nasty) was putting this album together for Mr. Cornell.
At first it might seem like we have quite the juxtaposition here with these two artists, much like when Kanye West and John Mayer got on a track together(but they are both cocky, so maybe it's not so weird). But with the release of Chris Cornell's latest album entitle Scream; it has a strange but natural flow to it. The theme of the album suggests that Chris has recently gone through a bit of love trouble, and he needs Timbaland to set the booth up for him so Chris can get out his emotions for various situations.
It's hard to break down which tracks are my favorite, as most of them albums' songs link together at the end to create a flowing experience. This isn't a bad thing however, because it makes the album more fun to listen to, and makes it easier to paint a picture. It's no secret that Chris Cornell's voice is as unique, and distinguishable as it's always been, and the mashup between him and Timbaland feels natural I think, because of Timbaland's 2007 album, Shock Value. Shock Value was basically an entire cd of Timbaland pairing up with unlikely candidates, but still making them amazing songs.
I suppose I can say however, that the first track (which is the introduction and also a song) Part of Me, had an interesting concept. After Timbaland's introduction of what we are getting into, the club beat starts. At first I was shaking my head, because I didn't think it was going to go anywhere. But when Chris comes in, it felt like a perfect match. The song is about a girl that was once in Chris' life that he wants back, albeit only physically. By following the mantra "That bitch ain't a part of me" throughout the chorus, he tries to free himself. The video for this song is badass, showing Chris in three different situations with heartbroken/jealous men, watching their girl dance with another man right in front of them. The first, in a Salsa Dancing bar, then at a Line Dancing bar, then at a party where Wu Tang's Method Man plays our antihero.
As for the best beats on the album? That's easier to lay out for you. I can't quite use the BaRF method on this one, but I will say that tracks 1,2,4,5, and 6 is the dancier part of the album. Also, I have to tip my hat to the final track (which is a secret track apparently) called Two Drink Minimum, for its blues vibe. The entire album flows in a similar direction, and as I said above, connects most of the beats together. I wouldn't really say I have more respect for Chris Cornell for making this album, but I do give him a different kind of respect for going outside what his norm would be, and making an album I consider quite catchy and interesting.
Is this album for you? Well that's harder to determine. If you are one of the people who like to complain about an artist that does something beside their norm, then no. Chris was not some metal legend at ANY point in time that I'm aware of, so shut the hell up with nonsense. But if you are a fan of Chris' voice and respect him and his new endeavors, then you'll be ok. If you're also a Timbaland fan, and listened to his most recent album I mentioned above, then that's even better. To say the least, I was pleasantly surprised by this one, and I think you will be too. And I'm never wrong....ever.
Until next time my friends.