Chris Cornell Hasn’t Fallen On Black Days Yet
On September 18, one of the most iconic vocalists of the 90’s released his fourth studio album. Over twenty years after Soundgarden released their mainstream breakthrough Superunknown, Chris Cornell shows that he has not lost any of the songwriting or singing talent that brought the band so much success. He still boasts an impressive singing range and the lyrical skill that caught the hearts of millions of listeners. The new album, Higher Truth, is almost completely acoustic - even orchestral at points - very different from what Cornell is known for. It is comprised of mostly love songs, and is a great album to wind down to at the end of the day.
The opening track, “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart”, is hopeful song about life after love. It’s a great track to open the album with, because it exemplifies Cornell’s beautifully crafted lyrics. As always, Cornell takes the time to wrap his words into an intricate metaphor. The song describes how the speaker was lost in life, but then someone came and showed him the way. Now the relationship is over, but the speaker is grateful and not bitter, and looks forward to the next thing. Musically, the track opens with just a steel guitar, but gradually builds to an overdriven electric guitar solo near the end of the song. The music makes the emotion of the song hopeful, even though the lyrics never really state hopefulness. All in all, this track proves that Cornell still has it.
Another track to listen out for is “Worried Moon”. This song boasts a great chorus, harmonica, and Cornell’s signature belting vocal. It starts with an acoustic guitar riff, but later on opens up. The song speaks of a new love, one where the speaker is unsure if it will continue of end.
One of the great things about this album is the lyrical content. Most of the songs are about love of some sort, but none are the same. Cornell brings out many emotions, from hope to regret to indifference. While I could go through each song and describe the lyrics, I think it is better for each listener to analyze the lyrics with the music and find their own meaning and interpretation of the song in question. It gets the listener more involved with the artist, and makes the album more personal to the listener. So I encourage you to get ahold of Higher Truth and really spend time with the album. It has a ton to offer, and you might even find a part of yourself in Chris Cornell’s masterfully crafted lyrics.
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