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As a solo performer, former Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell never seems completely comfortable choosing a path. His second solo album Carry On, much like his first solo project 1999’s Euphoria Morning, finds Cornell searching for the balance between his hard rock roots and the new, open possibilities and freedom that solo work presents. “No Such Thing” kicks things off with the tough histrionics that have always been Cornell’s forte. However, several cuts along, he sports a soulful strut (“Safe and Sound,” “She’ll Never Be Your Man”) that sounds as if he’s hunkered down in a funky nightclub for the evening. Throw in an odd acoustic coffeehouse-friendly cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” that’s informed by Cornell’s innate foreboding sense and you get the feeling that he’s looking to throw everyone off his scent. Old school Joe Cocker? Future duets with Joan Osborne? Back to the hard rock grind? The man’s got the range to pull off whatever he chooses and Carry On proves this in its zig zag way.

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Please don't expect Soundgarden or Audioslave

It's obvious Cornell is on his own now. With the exception of No Such Thing (which mildly resembles Audioslave) this album is all his own. But this should come as no surprise since his last solo album (Euphoria Morning) was such a departure from Soundgarden. So I will compare this album to his previous solo project. Between the two, Carry On is the more uptempo album. Which wasn't hard to do since Euphoria Morning was so mellow. But Carry On has it's mellow moments. Arms Around Your Love, and maybe the best song on the album Safe and Sound are examples. Cornell doesn't feel the need to rock out. You have No Such Thing and You Know My Name as the rocking bookends for the album, and everything inbetween is the most melodic music of his career. Including a cover of Billy Jean (which is getting some heat, but I kind of like it). People are going to bash this album and it's pretty easy too. Since nothing he can do will compare with Soundgarden or Audioslave (which in my opinion was the best rock music of the past 20 years) this album will get ripped apart. But if you like good honest music you can just throw in your cd player and kick back and listen too, this album will do just fine. Please don't say 'this is no Soundgarden' or 'what happened to Black Hole Sun'. That ship has sailed my friends, and it's not coming back. Maybe it's time you move on too.

CAUTION: Unintelligent listeners might not like this!

Chris is the only rock singer that actually seems to know how to sing; not to mention his range is out of this world. Someone with a talent such as his doesn't need it to be covered up by distortion and I think he's finally starting to understand this. No this album doesn't sound like Soundgarden and lets face it, Audioslave was never that great, but why would it? Does the artist title say Soundgarden? Nope, it says Chris Cornell. As an artist myself, the whole purpose in going solo is because you have so many ideas in your head that you can't be classified by one genre and that is true musicianship. A band or artist that always sounds like their first album is a lifeless, dull band. You have to remember, bands don't sit there and think to themselves "I need to write a song that will please everyone from soccer moms to teenagers and will be played on top 40 radio", with the exception of lousy pop bands like Fallout Boy or all of those other bands you can't tell apart. This CD is definitely not fit for radio play nor will it appeal to a mass audience, which should be your first sign that its a really great album!

Chris Cornell once again reinvents himself.

Carry On is legendary rock frontman Chris Cornell's first solo effort since Euphoria Morning. Just as that album marked a new beginning for the career of the Soundgarden lead vocalist, Carry On continues does the same. Since leaving Audioslave, this was Chris's chance to show his fans and himself a different side to his artistic mind. Opening with No Such Thing, echoes from the past are immediately felt with a classic Cornell hard rock riff, however, as soon as Cornell's vocals hit, you know there is something different about this album. Melodically driven throughout, Cornell's voice hasn't been this spot on since Euphoria Morning was released nearly a decade ago. The pride of this album rests in the 4, 5, 6 tracks as they truly depict the direction that Cornell is approaching with this album. Safe and Sound, She'll Never Be Your Man, and Ghosts combine classic rock, grunge, alternative, and even ballad elements into songs that only a voice such as Chris's can handle. A masterful vocal range arrayed over creative melodies creates such a great display of raw talent and emotion. Billie Jean reinvents the classic Michael Jackson song, and Chris certainly applies his own spin on it. Cornell described this song as too good for the dance athem of the 80s, and his passion for how great a song this is erupts into an amazing cover. Scar on the Sky is such a fantastic song, with musical shades of Audioslave mixed with the Cornell of today. You Know My Name is a haunting closer, that personally hits close to home with its captivating lyrics. As a whole, the album is a testament to the magnificient career of a rock legend. Every now and then an artist needs to keep it fresh, and while many loyal fans are disappointed in Cornell's new side, he throws in just enough of the old and the new to create an album of swirling styles and emotions. Get the entire album by one of rock's most creative and most talented singers/songwriters. 1) No Such Thing - 9/10 2) Poison Eye - 7/10 3) Arms Around Your Love - 8/10 4) Safe and Sound - 10/10 5) She'll Never Be Your Man - 10/10 6) Ghosts - 10/10 7) Killing Birds - 8/10 8) Billie Jean - 10/10 9) Scar on the Sky - 10/10 10) Your Soul Today - 8/10 11) Finally Forever - 7/10 12) Silence the Voices - 8/10 13) Disappearing Act - 9/10 14 You Know My Name - 10/10


Born: July 20, 1964 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally finding success as the frontman of Seattle's Soundgarden, rock vocalist Chris Cornell forged a successful career after the band's 1997 demise, both with the supergroup Audioslave and as a diverse solo artist. Born in Seattle on July 20, 1964, his music career didn't take shape until he was a teenager, when he began playing drums in a local cover band. Although he spent most of his teenage years as a loner, rock music helped Cornell overcome his uneasiness around others. After dropping...
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