Chase Charaba, Online & Social Media Manager
Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog vocalist Chris Cornell is back with his first solo album since the disastrous Scream in 2009. The new album, Higher Truth, was released Sept. 18 and shows a folkier and emotional side of Cornell.
The album opens with the single Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart, Cornell’s best solo work. The song showcases his vocals in a way not seen since Audioslave’s first album with loud, strained high notes that have become his signature. The song has been a commercial success and is on constant rotation on Seattle’s KISW. Unfortunately, the rest of the album fails to live up to this stellar opener.
Dead Wishes, Through the Window, Josephine and Only These Words sound like country songs, while other tracks sound like lounge music, such as Circling.
Murderer of Blue Skies and Our Time in the Universe are the most Soundgarden-esque tracks, but the dramatic electronic drum beats and tambourines are annoying and distracting from the beautiful craft of the songs, especially on the latter.
The album is boring and too ballad heavy, but Cornell’s vocal talent is undeniable, especially at 51. Cornell’s songwriting seems rejuvenated, which only leaves anticipation for the recently-announced future Soundgarden album.
Standout tracks: Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart, Higher Truth and Our Time in the Universe.
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