Chris Cornell | Songbook

Universal (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  December 6, 2011
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Chris Cornell's reaction to the critical lynching his Timbaland-produced debacle Scream took in 2009 was to grow his hair back out, reunite with Soundgarden (currently in the studio), and embark on a solo tour stripped down to just an acoustic guitar. Songbook is the colorful sonic snapshot of that jaunt, and it has a little bit of everything — Audioslave, Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and solo material. That patented caterwaul is in fine form; Cornell easily hits all the notes on "All Night Thing," "Fell on Black Days," and "Wide Awake" — even a pair of tracks from Scream work in the bare-bones setting. The buzz has been about the inspired takes on Led Zeppelin's "Thank You" and John Lennon's "Imagine," but the highlight is the first appearance on an official release of "Cleaning My Gun," a haunting track about a narrator who reflects on the fleetinginesss of relationships and life in general while his lover sleeps. The song choices are a bit predictable, especially since gems like "Sunshower," "Seasons," and "Mind Riot" — which joined covers of Syd Barrett, the Beatles, and Mother Love Bone on the road — are omitted here. Then again, there's always volume two.
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