A common misconception in the music world is a belief that an awesome piece of a band can do just as well on its own. There are exceptions — Peter Gabriel of Genesis and Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac are two that immediately come to mind — but more often than not most artists who pursue the solo route come up with only a fraction of the quality material they released with their bands.
Chris Cornell has been an example of the latter. I have made it no secret that I believe Soundgarden’s record output was the finest stretch of the nineties, bar none. After releasing Euphoria Morning in 1999, he joined the members of Rage Against the Machine to form Audioslave, and in spite of Tom Morello, they were actually pretty good. He released two albums after his departure from Audioslave in 2007 before rejoining Soundgarden in 2010.
You would think, as I would commonly rank the man who gave us striking vocal performances on “Jesus Christ Pose” and “Superunknown” as my favorite vocalist, that I would be excited with the announcement of his new solo album earlier this week. Unfortunately, his track record on his own hasn’t been very notable. With this announcement, I’m going to recap the four albums he has to his name that have since faded into obscurity, and rank them from worst to first. Read the rest of this entry »