Chris Cornell - Carry On Album Review

Chris Cornell - Carry On Album Review


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Review of Carry On Album by Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell
Carry On
Album Review

Chris Cornell Carry On Album

After six years and three albums with Audioslave, the former vocalist of Soundgarden releases his second solo effort, following 1999’s ‘Euphoria Morning’. Having officially called it quits with the ‘Cochise’ band (the remaining members have reformed Rage Against The Machine with Zack de la Rocha), Chris Cornell’s profile has been heightened by his selection to provide the theme tune to the 2006 James Bond movie, ‘Casino Royale’.

Even from opening track ‘No Such Thing’ it is easy to hear why Cornell has decided to pursue a solo career, with a heavy metal riff being mixed with a Latino-style acoustic guitar to give more variation than it possible to imagine Audioslave utilising. Indeed, what follows displays an appreciation for many genres, with ‘Poison Eye’ edging toward funk (and featuring a jagged solo that could have come from Tom Morello), ‘Safe And Sound’ leaning toward blues and ‘Finally Forever’ having a folk vibe. Less experimental is ‘Your Soul Today’ which romps along in classic rock style and ‘She’ll Never Be Your Man’, which has a power chord-charged chorus and a fantastically twisted solo which unfortunately ends too soon.

Two songs stand out from the rest on ‘Carry On’, not because the others are bad, but because the duo is stunning. ‘Arms Around The World’ is a mellow track with some wonderful guitar melodies that back a fantastic vocal performance – it’s easy to appreciate why it was selected to be a single. The other track is one that is often the best of the 1980’s, Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’. Wisely a reworking as opposed to a simple cover, Chris Cornell turns it into a sombre, acoustic tune that taps into the mournful nature of the lyrics. With more emotion than the original ever possessed, it is certainly worth hearing, even if it will never be as popular as the original. It is a measure of the man’s talent and confidence to successfully take a legendary song in a completely new direction and backs up his decision to go it alone.

Alex Lai




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Sandora

Can't take the new cd out of my truck. He is such a great lyricist but I have to say....not big on the Billie Jean. I wish he would have recorded Led Zeppelin's 'Thank You' instead. Listen to that and you'll be hooked. It was such a better song and way more respected. I am embarrased to hear him sing Billie J. I think the solo act is allowing him to find or be himself...good call on the James Bond 'You know my name' His vocals are great....just keep getting better.....Sandora in Seattle

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gypsymoth

This is an album which grows with every listen - and it's noticeable that those critics (like you!) who've taken time to listen to it before rushing out reviews are more appreciative of its courage and diversity. Chris Cornell isn't JUST a rock singer any more - although there are rockers on this album and he can still roar out songs from his Soundgarden days as well as ever at his live shows, he's starting to explore pastures new through his studio work. Nice to see someone who understands the utterly reimagined version of Billie Jean, too, rather than lambasting it for sounding nothing like the original!! Insightful review of a great album.

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toshala

Thank you for such a positive review. I'm also loving this cd and I'm giddy knowing that Chris doesn't want to pigeonhole himself in a certain sound or style. Not only is he willing to try creating music against the norm, (or what we perceive to be the norm) but he executes it brilliantly. Who else could get ME to not only listen to but enjoy a country tinged song, (The Roads We Choose--UK Import)....So curious to see what he comes up with next. And yes, if you get the chance to see him and his fantastic band live, GO and enjoy one of the best concert experiences you've had in a long time.

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Static55

Thank you for the great review of this album. I bought the CD weeks ago and have not listened to anything else. It's so refreshing to read a review from someone who is not biased and seems to understand the new direction Chris Cornell is moving towards in his career.

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hear4cc

Thank you for an intelligent, articulate and non-biased review. Obviously, you had no preconceived notions about what this cd would sound like, and was open to the possibility that it would sound like nothing he has ever done. And that it could be a great, new direction for Cornell.Thank you.Jill

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