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Chris Cornell - Euphoria Mourning (Album Review)

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 Written by James Ball

Let’s get this straight, Chris Cornell has one of the most recognisable voices in rock music. Armed with only a basic knowledge of his work, many could pick out his mournful tones on Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun, or his screams on Audioslave’s anthemic Cochise. But many might have missed his first, and for a long time only, solo album, released way back in 1999 to form a bridge between the end of Soundgarden and the start of Audioslave.

Restored to its original title, ‘Euphoria Mourning’, for this reissue, the record starts well with Can’t Change Me, its only single. It remains a less raucous affair than what we’re used to, but lyrically and musically still hits home, especially when Cornell offers up a message about love that requires little deciphering: “She's going to change the world. But she can't change me.”

Preaching The End Of The World is a memorable, mournful look at who you would spend the very end of days with, while Sweet Euphoria remains a track so beautifully minimalistic that words can scarcely do it justice. It’s a bit of a shock to the system as Cornell displays his melodic range and a calmer tone.

This far down the line, the rest of the album is a little more forgettable. Few of the tracks are inherently bad, but this was Cornell’s first solo album and a lot was learned from it. First and foremost, he followed it up by returning to a band and rocking out like a madman until ready to go it alone again.

If you are a huge fan of Cornell as a multi-faceted musician, then you probably have this, minus the ‘u’, already. It nestles tightly into that middle ground where ‘60s psychedelia and acoustic rock can have a picnic together, despite a hard edge sitting just yards away and eavesdropping.

As with many reissues, necessity is an issue here. But it does neatly pave the way for ‘Higher Ground’, Cornell’s soon-to-arrive new solo effort, particularly well, if only to highlight how far he has progressed in the last 16 years.

Chris Cornell Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Fri November 20 2015 - CHRISTCHURCH Isaac Theatre Royal
Mon November 23 2015 - WELLINGTON Michael Fowler Centre
Thu November 26 2015 - AUCKLAND ASB Theatre
Fri November 27 2015 - AUCKLAND ASB Theatre
Mon November 30 2015 - BRISBANE Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Tue December 01 2015 - BRISBANE QPAC Concert Hall
Fri December 04 2015 - MELBOURNE Palais Theatre
Sat December 05 2015 - MELBOURNE Palais Theatre
Mon December 07 2015 - ADELAIDE Festival Centre
Tue December 08 2015 - PERTH Perth Concert Hall
Fri December 11 2015 - SYDNEY Opera House
Sat December 12 2015 - SYDNEY Opera House
Thu September 17 2015 - PHOENIX Arizona - Orpheum Theatre - Phoenix (USA)
Fri September 18 2015 - SAN DIEGO California - Balboa Theatre (USA)
Sun September 20 2015 - LOS ANGELES California - Walt Disney Concert Hall (USA)
Mon September 21 2015 - SAN PEDRO California - Warner Grand Theatre (USA)
Wed September 23 2015 - SANTA BARBARA California - Granada Theatre - Santa Barbara (USA)
Thu September 24 2015 - SANTA ROSA California - Wells Fargo Center for the Arts - Ruth Finley Person Theater (USA)
Sat September 26 2015 - OAKLAND California - Paramount Theatre - Oakland (USA)
Sun September 27 2015 - MODESTO California - Gallo Center for the Arts (USA)
Tue September 29 2015 - SEATTLE Washington - Benaroya Hall (USA)
Wed September 30 2015 - VANCOUVER British Columbia - Orpheum Theatre - Vancouver (Canada)
Fri October 02 2015 - DENVER Colorado - Paramount Theatre - Denver (USA)
Sat October 03 2015 - SALINA Kansas - Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts (USA)
Mon October 05 2015 - MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota - State Theatre - MN (USA)
Tue October 06 2015 - CHICAGO Illinois - Chicago Theatre (USA)
Thu October 08 2015 - LAKEWOOD Ohio - Lakewood Civic Auditorium (USA)
Fri October 09 2015 - TORONTO Ontario - Massey Hall (Canada)
Sun October 11 2015 - BUFFALO New York - University At Buffalo Center for the Arts (USA)
Mon October 12 2015 - NEW BRUNSWICK New Jersey - State Theatre - NJ (USA)
Wed October 14 2015 - ROCKVILLE Maryland - Music Center At Strathmore (USA)
Thu October 15 2015 - PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania - Kimmel Center - Merriam Theater (USA)
Sat October 17 2015 - WILKES BARRE Pennsylvania - Kirby Center for the Performing Arts (USA)
Sun October 18 2015 - NEW YORK New York - Beacon Theatre - NY (USA)
Mon October 19 2015 - NEW YORK New York - Beacon Theatre - NY (USA)
Wed October 21 2015 - BOSTON Massachusetts - Shubert Theatre - MA (USA)
Fri October 23 2015 - WILMINGTON Delaware - Grand Opera House - DE (USA)
Sat October 24 2015 - YORK Pennsylvania - Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center (USA)
Mon October 26 2015 - ATLANTA Georgia - Atlanta Symphony Hall (USA)
Tue October 27 2015 - NASHVILLE Tennessee - Ryman Auditorium (USA)
Thu October 29 2015 - MIAMI Florida - Knight Concert Hall At Adrienne Arsht Center (USA)
Fri October 30 2015 - ST PETERSBURG Florida - Mahaffey Theater At Progress Energy Center (USA)
Sun November 01 2015 - DALLAS Texas - Majestic Theatre - Dallas (USA)
Mon November 02 2015 - AUSTIN Texas - ACL Live At Moody Theater (USA)

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