I have never been one to heed the advice of critics. Personally, I know quite a few journalists who take pleasure in panning an album without giving it a proper listen because frankly it’s more fodder for an article than glorifying one.
In any event, during my time away, I have been listening to Chris Cornell’s latest release Scream which hasn’t gotten much critical acclaim but surely deserves it! Cornell, from Soundgarden and Audioslave fame, has put together what I could only describe as diary entries you could/should dance to. Confessions on a Dance Floor may have been a term Madonna coined but Scream seems to have truly made this its maxim. Teeming with accounts of infidelity, drug abuse, and relationships gone awry — the album is Cornell’s something-to-say and is worth the listen.
Mixing the ever-present hip-hop and R&B stylings of mega-producer Timbaland against Cornell’s raspy and hard-edge vocals produced an album reminiscent of say Portishead. Though Timbaland and Cornell seem a duo that could have been like oil and water, it does mix well!
My favorite song on the album has to be “Part of Me.” Check it out!