Chris Cornell
Carry On


2.5
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Review

by John Cruz USER (88 Reviews)
June 12th, 2007 | 33 replies | 11,801 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Chris Cornell knows how to sing and he does a lot of it on his second solo album, Carry On. And on and on and on he goes....ad nauseam

Poor Chris Cornell. He of the golden pipes and the bands that don't give a damn. Springing from Seattle among a bunch of plaid wearing depressives, Chris was the singer for one Soundgarden. If the “grunge” movement had it's own Led Zeppelin, it was Soundgarden. And Chris was out front as it's Robert Plant. My how times change.

Fast forward a decade and Chris has seen a new band come and go and put a solo project behind him. No longer a grungy dude from the great northwest but rather a 40 something living in France with his family, it seems Chris has decided he is a singer. Not that he hasn't always known it, but on his second solo effort Carry On, he is clearly taking the lead to show us. Sometimes all too clearly, Chris Cornell wants you to know he is not just a singer, but a vocalist. Mixed results ensue.

The lacking part of this mix it seems is Chris and producer Steve Lillywhite have decided to toss focus and fluidity out the window in favor of riding on those aforementioned golden pipes of Cornell's. From the opening track of this 14 song showcase for Chris's vocal chops, the album lacks cohesion and direction. The blast of modern rock that is the opening No Such Thing sits next to the quirky, pop infused Poison Eye, with Cornall over singing accordingly on the latter track. And this is followed by the made for radio cut Arms Around Your Love and Black Crowes style southern rock of Safe And Sound. “I've never seen but I believe / In the promised land!.” Chris sings, out front of some true blue gospel horns. It's enough to make me want to go wash my sins in the dirty 'ol river of truth. Meh, maybe not.....

And that's just the first four songs. The next ten are no picnic to rummage through, either. Cornell seems very much a fish out of water on this album, traversing Robert Palmer style white boy funk on tracks such as She'll Never Be Your Man, and taking on an ill advised cover of Micheal Jackson's Billie Jean, turning the old dance hit into a slow, bombastic blues number. And even on softer cuts such as Scar On The Sky and the lovely roots rock inspired Finally Forever, Chris seems to not understand the meaning of the word subtlety.

Which is not a bad thing, necessarily. But a voice like Cornell's needs an outlet even Soundgarden and Audioslave never gave him, although more appropriate then what we find here. Chris has a size 14 voice, and on Carry On he's trying to stuff it into a size 10 shoe. It just doesn't fit. Nothing is wrong with it, but this collection of modern rock, ballads, and the occasional change up manages to miss the mark altogether and not showcase Cornell's talents, but rather make less of them. He sounds trapped in these songs, not part of them. And that disconnect is more then this album can overcome.

Carry On is not a bad album, nor is it a good one. Straight down the middle, playing all sides against one another, that is it's calling card. And all sides are designed to show that Chris Cornell is worthy of being placed among rocks great howlers. And while that is debatable, Chris's vocal work on Carry On is certainly nothing to be scoffed at, but nor is it any better then many other hard rock wailers that have come down the line. Maybe one day Cornell will find a band that can hold its own against his enormous pipes, but until then I suppose old Soundgarden albums will have to do. Chris Cornell, vocalist. Nice, but better luck next time.



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Zmev
June 12th 2007



983 Comments


My how times change.....


Mixed results ensue....


Meh, maybe not.....


JohnXDoesn't
June 12th 2007



1267 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

uh oh

Zmev
June 12th 2007



983 Comments


Yeah, you know the rules.

We only let you do that once a review.

JohnXDoesn't
June 12th 2007



1267 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

its a thing with me. especially in the forums...i appreciate you pointing that out. i'll try to refrain from now on....

oops

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
June 12th 2007



4926 Comments


chris cornell is still alive? fuck

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

PaperCities
June 12th 2007



199 Comments


Nah, Not really.

Oddsen
June 12th 2007



1127 Comments


Nice job. I didn't really expect more than an average release from him. His voice isn't that great anymore.

Storm In A Teacup
June 12th 2007



12687 Comments


Nice review. I liked "You Know My Name" from the 007 S.T. but that's all I've heard.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2007



15727 Comments


You Know My Name isn't really good at all.

Digging: A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Sea When Absent

Two-Headed Boy
June 12th 2007



4527 Comments


My newspaper gave this is a pretty amusing review, but I liked this one more. The 007 song was hard to sit through, much like the movie itself.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2007



15727 Comments


^Well that's just wrong. The movie was awesome.

Two-Headed Boy
June 12th 2007



4527 Comments


But everytime you thought it was going to end it just trudged on.

Plus that poker scene....excitement.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2007



15727 Comments


I was a little riveted if you must know.

Plus Eva Green is very hot.This Message Edited On 06.12.07

Doppelganger
June 12th 2007



3124 Comments


I'm still probably going to check this out even though Cornell lost it years ago.

Jimmy
June 13th 2007



717 Comments


I was hoping this would be another Euphoria Morning. My brother told me not to even bother listening to it.

Mr. Pickle
June 13th 2007



12 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It isn't terrible, but it is by no means another "Euphoria Morning."

CushMG15
June 13th 2007



1802 Comments


damn, Damn, DAMN! Euphoria Morning was sooo good. Maybe the moral of the story is...don't move to france?

JohnXDoesn't
June 13th 2007



1267 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Something close to or building on Euphoria Morning would have been ok. Some of these songs sound like Taylor Hicks should be singing them...or actually is :eek:. Chris sounds like an American Idol winner (or loser) on some of these tracks, showing his stuff.

Meh, songs are for the most part uninspired, performances of said songs solid. However none of it sticks, stands out, or is memorable. Shame....This Message Edited On 06.13.07

Yield
June 13th 2007



626 Comments


Good review John :thumb:

Oddsen
June 14th 2007



1127 Comments


I didn't think his other album was supposed to be good



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