ALBUM REVIEWS


Chris Cornell
THE ROADS WE CHOOSE: A RETROSPECTIVE
SURETONE / INTERSCOPE RECORDS
@www.vanguard-online.co.uk


Rather than show us what Chris Cornell has to offer on his second solo album, Suretone sent us at Vanguard Towers a compilation of his previous work – largely from Soundgarden, but with a few tracks from his other projects thrown in for good measure.

What this highlights is the legacy that Cornell has been quietly building over the years. Tracks such as “Black Hole Sun”, “The Day I Tried To Live”, “Fell On Black Days” and “Spoonman” highlight the strength of Soundgarden, while “Hunger Strike” and “Say Hello 2 Heaven” show his swaggering side from Temple Of The Dog. Also featured are offerings from Audioslave including “Show Me How To Live” and an acoustic version of “Like A Stone”.

But it’s his solo work that is of most interest here (what with it plugging the new album and all) and new offerings “No Such Thing”, “You Know My Name” (yes the James Bond one) and “Arms Around My Love” promise great things.

The sound is a mixture of his previous projects, shaken and turned up to 11 (“No Such Thing”) or stirred to a mellow blend (“Arms Around My Love”). Both offer elements of classic Cornell, with extra nuances incorporated to keep it edgy.

A great legacy, and a very promising forthcoming release. Look out for it.

www.chriscornell.com


Simon Middleyard