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Chris Cornell
Carry On
Interscope Records
www.chriscornell.com


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 disappointed.

-Leigh Medina


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