On first listen I really hated this CD - Chris Cornell's Carry
On. Where was the angsty alterna-god who I loved from Soundgarden's
Superunknown or at least the still-rockin' singer from Temple
Of The Dog or Audioslave? But that's not fair. Why should
I dislike the album simply because it doesn't sound like Cornell's
previous work? An artist, a person, isn't allowed to evolve? If I
was going to dislike this CD, and report back to you, dear readers,
I needed more than that.
Exhibit A: the trying-too-hard-to-be-serious, ultra-bluesy cover
of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." First of all,
does anybody really need to do a cover of one of Michael Jackson's
songs in 2007? Don't get me wrong, the Bad tour was my first
concert ever, and I think there is a time and a place for a little
MJ, but this album was not it. (Besides, nobody is going to do them
better than they were done two decades ago.) Exhibit B: "Poison
Eye" and "Arms Around Your Love." Both are a bit, uh,
can't think of the right word, but something about them seems as though
Cornell recorded them as would-be radio hits.
I'm not saying I hated this album, but I'm not saying I liked it
either. I will say this: Cornell still has a sexy voice. Just disregard
the music and lyrics. My advice is that if you truly must listen
to this CD, buy it at your own risk. You very well might end up
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