21 November 2011
by Ryan Williams
This is not a new Soundgarden album. This is a Chris Cornell solo acoustic album. I’d say something like:
“God only knows that we do not need another Chris Cornell solo album.”
But I know it as well. You know it too and Trent Reznor made his feelings on the matter quite clear. Ultimately, this is not a new Soundgarden album.
Yes, it’s true. This is not a new Soundgarden album. But then you hear this song, ‘The Keeper’. Not only is it taken from the latest Gerard Butler Oscar vehicle, Machine Gun Preacher, but it’s also the final track on Songbook, which is just another Chris Cornell solo album rather than a new Soundgarden album and you find yourself thinking:
“Christ. That was rubbish. I’m not sure I really want a new Soundgarden album now.”
Don’t be silly. Of course you want a new Soundgarden album. What you don’t want is another Chris Cornell solo album. Sadly, this is not a new Soundgarden album. This is a Chris Cornell solo album.
‘Cleaning My Gun’ won’t do much more to make you think that Songbook is anything but another Chris Cornell solo album but you can listen to it here anyway. If you want to.
We’re sure the acoustic solo versions of ‘Black Hole Sun’ and ‘Can’t Change Me’ from the very first Chris Cornell solo album, 1999’s almost forgotten Euphoria Morning make this Chris Cornell solo album much more worth listening to than a new Soundgarden album but this is not a new Soundgarden album so it doesn’t matter.
Fingers crossed that Chris Cornell can fight his fear of flying better than his urges to record yet another Chris Cornell solo album so that Soundgarden can come and play a UK festival next summer. We’d like a new Soundgarden album as well though, please.
Not a new Soundgarden album/6
Sounds like: a Chris Cornell solo album
Top tracks: all the new Soundgarden songs
Guitar solo rating: it’s not that kind of solo album
Chris Cornell – Songbook track listing:
As Hope and Promise Fade
Scar On The Sky
Call Me A Dog
Can’t Change Me
I Am The Highway
Thank You (Led Zeppelin)
Cleaning My Gun
Fell On Black Days
All Night Thing
Doesn’t Remind Me
Like A Stone
Black Hole Sun
Imagine (John Lennon)