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Two-time Grammy winner, singer-songwriter and voice of a generation, Chris Cornell, announced today the release date of his 13th career album, "Carry On", in stores May 1 on Suretone/Interscope.

Steered by Grammy Award-winning British super-producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, ROLLING STONES, MORRISSEY, DAVE MATTHEWS BAND), "Carry On" is a mature and content departure from the artist who brought us SOUNDGARDEN, AUDIOSLAVE and TEMPLE OF THE DOG.

Additionally Cornell is permanently departing super-group AUDIOSLAVE stating, "Due to irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences, I am permanently leaving the band AUDIOSLAVE. I wish the other three members nothing but the best in all of their future endeavors."

The new album's fourteen tracks offer the bluesy and soulful "Safe and Sound", psychedelic "Scar On The Sky", country-flavored "Finally Forever", paeans to persistence in "Disappearing Act" and a slow-grind cover of MICHAEL JACKSON's "Billy Jean" that gives the familiar song a completely new feeling More personal selections include "Ghost", "Arms Around Your Love" and "She'll Never Be Your Man" and alt-rock experimentations "Killing Birds", the anthemic "Silence the Voices"). Fans of SOUNDGARDEN and AUDIOSLAVE will appreciate the harder edge of "No Such Thing" and "Poison Eye" and the redemptive "Your Soul Today".

"Carry On" will also include the Top 10 European smash hit "You Know My Name", the main title song for the current James Bond theatrical release, "Casino Royale", appearing for the first time on a full-length release. Cornell wrote and recorded the track with long-time James Bond composer David Arnold for the film.

With this collection of songs, it is evident that Cornell was inspired by songwriters from Elvis Costello to Tom Waits. Cornell says that his own lyrical approach leans on stream-of-consciousness, "getting out of my own way," to allow themes to naturally arise, whether topical or biographical. "The most exciting thing is to let yourself expose your true, vulnerable feelings, which is what resonates with people most," he explains. As far as his vocal style, he points to such R&B singers as Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin for showing masterfully how emotion can best be conveyed, even in subtle phrasing, also praising Bob Marley's expressive range and Tom Waits' use of his voice as an instrument.

Ranked 12th in MTV's Greatest Voices in Music survey, ahead of such icons as David Bowie, Steven Tyler and Bruce Springsteen, Cornell has been called "the single most dynamic rock and roll force produced by the Grunge Revolution of the early '90s As the frontman for SOUNDGARDEN, he marshaled five studio albums including the groundbreaking "Superunknown", which sold more than three million copies and earned two Grammy Awards. His songwriting continued to develop with the mid-SOUNDGARDEN side-project, critically acclaimed, eponymously-titled release "Temple of the Dog", a collective of PEARL JAM and SOUNDGARDEN members who formed in tribute to late MOTHER LOVE BONE singer Andrew Wood. More recently his tenure as frontman for the rock super-group AUDIOSLAVE, continued his multi-platinum success and produced the hit singles "Like a Stone" and "Cochise" in the millennium.

In addition to his work in the music world, Chris Cornell served as the face of the 2006 John Varvatos ad campaign and became a restaurateur with the opening of Black Calavados (BC) in Paris, where he splits his time.




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Soundgarden reunion??

God I fucking hope so!

Either way, this is a good move for Cornell. Audioslave sucked, and he could have done much better without them. IMO, Chris Cornell is probably the best and most under-rated singer to get big in the 90's.

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Audioslave sucked, and he could have done much better without them.

I dunno, I think Audioslave was a good way to remind people of who he was. Because I remember him putting out some solo work before that and it didn't go anywhere. He probably would have disappeared by now...

I agree, I think it was a good deal for all of the members in Audioslave. They had a pretty good run with some cool songs but Audioslave wasn't really going anywhere so this was probably for the best.

Soundgarden, sure... but most of of, RATM! I hope they stay together and make new music.

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Oh excellent, the Audioslave juggernaut had certainly run out of fuel by it's third album. This leaves many shut doors to be re-opened again. Personally I'd love to see Soundgarden do it again. Sadly Ben Sheppard would never be included and I think Matt Cameron has found a permanent home with Pearl Jam, so not too sure how it would work.

Anyway looking forward to Chris's new solo album, really loved his first one, and Rage Against the Machine live reunion should be interesting.

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Matt Cameron is wasted in Pearl Jam. He's such a fucking cool drummer. I want a Cornell, Cantrell, Cameron super-group to form! Meh, wishful thinking, I know.

Audioslave looked great on paper, and I still remember shitting my pants over Cochise when it was first released, but they just never really clicked with me after that. The second album was just awful, imo. The first and the third are just ok.

I feel for their fans, though.

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With the Rage reunion shows who didn't see this coming? I think it's a great opportunity for both camps, but I don't think another Cornell solo album is going to make an impact like a Soundgarden album would. Euphoria Morning was o.k., but definitely not enough to hold up against Cornell's work with Soundgarden, and IMO all the Audioslave stuff-with a few exceptions-was pretty uninspired and generic. Someone call Kim, Ben and Matt and make this happen.

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Well, I think everyone saw this coming. Audioslave never really felt like a permanent "thing" to me. It was interesting, and a nice effort, but after their last album came out so quickly after the second one and they didn't tour to support it, and especially after the RATM reunion was announced, I think most people knew it was about to end.

They had a decent run. The first and third albums had some really good tracks; the second was average, but there were a couple good ones on it.

I really hope RATM reunite for more than just one concert... another album would be completely amazing.

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Not surprising at all about AS breaking up given the no touring behind Revelations, but still very disappointing. IMO the Audioslave debut is a classic(or should be considered) and I never got people saying it was just Chris Cornell singing over RATM. Cochise, Show Me How to Live, What You Are, Like a Stone, Set it Off, Shadow On the Sun, I Am The Highway, Getaway Car, etc--how the fuck do those tunes sound like Rage other than Morello's wanking during the solos? Those are all great tracks!!!

I agree that Out of Exile was the big disappointment, though it did have a few kick ass tunes like the title track and #1 Zero. Revelations was definitely much better and one of the best rock albums in 2006.

I dunno, I feel a lot like I would if VR were to split to reunite old GNR. Rage in it's prime was better, but Zach takes forever to make music and it's too cumbustible a situation and probably won't last long. Ultimately, I'd rather have AS pumping out much more new material and touring.

Either CC got too arrogant and left them high and dry for his solo career...or the ex-RATM guys(namely Morello) were pushing him too hard on the political stuff and helped cause the split...

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