Chris Cornell Talks About Mixed Reactions Over New Album

There's no doubt that Chris Cornell's latest album, "Scream", has been a topic of discussion amongst the singer's fans.

Chris Cornell Talks About Mixed Reactions Over New Album
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There's no doubt that Chris Cornell's latest album, "Scream", has been a topic of discussion amongst the singer's fans. On the one hand, some see his collaboration with hip-hop producer Timbaland as a breath of fresh-air in the singer's catalog. Of course, on the other hand, many see it as Cornell "selling out". Aidin Vaziri of Gibson.com spoke with Cornell about the album and why he chose to work with Timbaland. You can read their conversation below: Why he decided to work with Timbaland instead of Steve Albini: "I felt like I sort of established the concept that I'm going to be doing whatever it is I'm going to be doing after I made the Temple of the Dog album. That was the moment I had all these songs that didn't fit with my band and suddenly there was this opportunity to go in with these other people who I had known for years and record that album. I was scared. I was afraid of the concept because I knew the band I had was special, but I didn't know what it would mean if I was going to create some music with some other people. It ended up being that album. From that point on, because it was such a great experience and it could have easily not happened, I decided to always be open and aware and focused on any concept of collaboration. That's how Audioslave happened. I did it; I'm really glad I did it. The Timbaland album was the same thing." Why playing Soundgarden's rocket-fueled metal on the reunion circuit doesn't appeal to him: "That, to me, is similar to playing the back of Chinese restaurant. My heart needs to feel good while I'm playing a song. In order to play old songs from my history, I need to be able to also play songs from the present and songs that will literally turn into the future in a moment's notice. That does work for me." Why he spends most of his waking hours on Twitter: "For me, it's actually become a way to communicate with fans that I've never been able to do before. It's been difficult to figure out a way to do that that's honest and direct enough but still comfortable and not weird or dangerous. With Twittering I found out people can ask me any question and I can answer it really quickly. You have that layer of safety they don't know where you are, you don't know where they are. If somebody is crazy you can tell. And, yeah, I can have conversations with people that have real fan questions. A lot of the time in terms of celebrity, people separate themselves from their fans. In a way that becomes a little bit unrealistic because at the end of the day we're allowed to do this for a living because of our fans. For me, there can also be insight into who I am and what it is I do by actually responding to fans' thoughts and ideas." Why Audioslave had an uphill battle even though it sold a bazillion albums: "With Audisolave the numbers were the same as Soundgarden but what it meant was different. Now it was this new story about a supergroup, and what does that mean? That was what those records meant and our job was to go out and be who we were. I think we successfully changed that perspective and reminded people that Led Zeppelin and Crosby Stills Nash and Young were supergroups. Something happened in the '80s where there were so many bad ones that it left an awful taste in peoples' mouths. So we had that going on." Why he doesn't care what you think of Scream: "My strongest belief has always been that as long as I'm inspired by it, other people will be. I feel that now. The creative process of making the album and going out and performing it is what's important. I don't think anything is as challenging as that process, or as exciting regardless of what happens after the fact. I'm on the road playing a catalog that goes back to 1990. The response to my newest material from some of my oldest fans is phenomenal, at least in terms of what's happening in front of me. It's an unbelievably satisfying experience because there's so much musical diversity on-stage. I have more fun doing it now than I ever had in my life." Report by David Lowe-Bianco.

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    con job
    loganpwns wrote: the fact is, Soundgarden was the best thing that ever happened to him, Audislave was okay and so was Temple Of The Dog, but solo...he's just horrendous
    Gotta disagree on a few things there. Euphoria Morning is one my favourite albums of all time, and Temple Of The Dog is a hell of a lot better than you're giving it credit for, IMO anyway
    Stampede
    i love scream. i can listen to it from start to finish, the songs flow into one another very nicely. it had to grow on me tho. i suggest listening to it a few times before deciding whether you like it or not.
    ashers67
    Stampede wrote: i love scream. i can listen to it from start to finish, the songs flow into one another very nicely. it had to grow on me tho. i suggest listening to it a few times before deciding whether you like it or not.
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    godberry
    Stampede wrote: i love scream. i can listen to it from start to finish, the songs flow into one another very nicely. it had to grow on me tho. i suggest listening to it a few times before deciding whether you like it or not.
    the thing is... ...i can't even finish a song; so i don't think i'd be able to listen to the entire album. not enough to let it grow on me.
    Riffrocker83
    I actually like 'Long Gone' and Watch Out'; and 'Two Drink Minimum' (one of the bonus tracks on the record.) Was anyone else completely baffled by the 'Chinese restaurant' reference???....
    loganpwns
    the fact is, Soundgarden was the best thing that ever happened to him, Audislave was okay and so was Temple Of The Dog, but solo...he's just horrendous
    scowley
    many see it as Cornell "selling out"
    How can losing most of your fan base be selling out?
    !zAck
    Scream is shit, from a complete non-biased view, I listened to the album properly a few days ago.. why would he do this? Complete bollocks -_-
    AEnima18
    "" Why playing Soundgardens rocket-fueled metal on the reunion circuit doesnt appeal to him: "That, to me, is similar to playing the back of Chinese restaurant."" WTF?! Chinese Restaurant? I don't get it, am I missing something?
    dacunni1
    To !zAck: Non-biased huh? Have you ever heard a Chris Cornell song before? Do you like or dislike certain styles of music? If so, then there's bias. It's just an opinion anyway. People are going to like it or dislike it regardless of what you think is shit.
    lutfish
    dacunni1 wrote: To !zAck: Non-biased huh? Have you ever heard a Chris Cornell song before? Do you like or dislike certain styles of music? If so, then there's bias. It's just an opinion anyway. People are going to like it or dislike it regardless of what you think is shit.
    The thing is... It's bad even for that kind of music. I mean, I've heard several of Timbalands other songs, and these are not even close to being as good as they are... I don't generally like that type of music, but still. However, there's gotta be someone who likes it... Chris probably going through his mid-life crisis.