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Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell

★★★★★   out of 5

This is an excellent collection spanning Chris Cornell's solo work, as well as his work with his bands Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave, and includes a new song titled "When Bad Does Good." The four-disc box set features 11 unreleased songs. This compilation can’t come close to defining who Chris Cornell indeed was. Overwhelmingly, Cornell’s voice carries his soul on each song of this compilation. His acoustic versions of "Billie Jean," "Nothing Compares 2 You," "Imagine" and the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" are passionate as you can feel the passion in his voice.

Following the path of his career, the collection opens with a handful of early Soundgarden tracks. The Temple Of The Dog songs are appropriately showcasing Cornell's vocals, which paid tribute to Andy Wood and would bring Pearl Jam to the forefront. This leads into Soundgarden’s hits from Superunknown and Down On The Upside. The collection continues with six tracks from all three Audioslave albums followed by Cornell's solo work. As the album progresses, it goes on to include many collaborations – including work with Slash and Santana. The collection finishes with live and unreleased material with the lead single, “When Bad Does Good,” a brilliant and stirring track which is based mainly on gospel music while growing from a soft ballad with the use of rock elements.