Carry On

Carry On

As a solo performer, former Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell never seems completely comfortable choosing a path. His second solo album Carry On, much like his first solo project 1999’s Euphoria Morning, finds Cornell searching for the balance between his hard rock roots and the new, open possibilities and freedom that solo work presents. “No Such Thing” kicks things off with the tough histrionics that have always been Cornell’s forte. However, several cuts along, he sports a soulful strut (“Safe and Sound,” “She’ll Never Be Your Man”) that sounds as if he’s hunkered down in a funky nightclub for the evening. Throw in an odd acoustic coffeehouse-friendly cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” that’s informed by Cornell’s innate foreboding sense and you get the feeling that he’s looking to throw everyone off his scent. Old school Joe Cocker? Future duets with Joan Osborne? Back to the hard rock grind? The man’s got the range to pull off whatever he chooses and Carry On proves this in its zig zag way.

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