Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell has lamented the state of modern music, claiming that "Contemporary pop music couldn't be any worse than it is now." In an interview with the Sun newspaper, he pointed to Adele as the one bright spot in the current pop scene.
"They're actually songs and she can really sing. So obviously the biggest market still responds to a human being creating music."
Cornell doesn't see the situation as totally bleak though, claiming that good rock music benefits from an obstacle:
"I've always believed that rock music benefits from an obstacle. The worst rock is made when everybody loves rock, like in the late Eighties. That's the only time hard rock has been the biggest-selling genre of music and it was mostly crap. The Seattle scene was the antithesis of that. Soundgarden was very instrumental in creating that shift. We were one of the first bands to be held up and looked at, where the engines of commercial rock thought, This is the future. This band or bands like it can be selling millions of records'.
"A big reason grunge became so big so fast is because people were so sick of what was out there.It's the same thing now. You have a better chance of a very healthy and vital rock scene coming out today because there's something to react against."
The recently reunited Soundgarden, who debuted new song Live To Rise on the Avengers soundtrack back in April, are tentatively set to release a new LP later in the year.
In spite of his rock credentials, Chris Cornell is no stranger to the world of chart music. The singer dallied with pop on his 2009 LP Scream, which was produced by Timbaland. That record received mixed-to-negative reviews, with Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor attacking the disc as "embarrassing" on Twitter.