Chris Cornell - Songbook
Songbook builds a bridge between Cornell's solo and Soundgarden material, with acoustic renditions of 'Black Hole Sun' and 'Fell On Black Days' sitting alongside his own compositions. Interestingly, Cornell also finds room for covers of Led Zeppelin's 'Thank You' and John Lennon's 'Imagine', with the former a highlight on the album and the latter unfortunately not a good companion for his vocal style.
While Cornell's voice is incredibly technically proficient, he does sometimes allow himself to get too carried away and delve into American Idol-style histrionics, but when he errs on the side of caution and sings with restraint there are few more powerful vocalists in rock music today. To his credit, Cornell isn't trading too vulgarly in his former glories and Songbook is a satisfying listen.
Review by John Balfe | 09:00 | Friday 9th December 2011 | Album Review
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