Chris Cornell, the singer-songwriter who brought us Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, has announced the 13th album of his career. Working with Grammy Award-winning British super-producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Rolling Stones, Morrissey, Dave Matthews Band), pre-production on the album has already begun, recording will being in September and the album is set for an early 2007 release on Interscope Records.
Cornell recently wrote and recorded with James Bond composer David Arnold the main title song, “You Know My Name,” for the new James Bond adventure, Casino Royale. The original song will most likely appear on Cornell’s solo album. No stranger to having songs featured in films, as a rock wordsmith, Cornell contributed to the psychological thriller Bug starring Harry Connick Jr., Miami Vice, Talladega Nights, Collateral, Mission Impossible: II, Pump Up the Volume, Wayne’s World, True Romance, Feeling Minnesota (a title lifted from one of Cornell’s own Soundgarden lyrics), Great Expectations, Blast from the Past and Cameron Crowe’s Seattle-based film Singles, in which he also gives an on-camera cameo performance.
Cornell, inspired by songwriters from Elvis Costello to Bruce Springsteen, 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 “22 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.” Cornell recently opened a new restaurant in Paris, Black Calavados (BC) and is currently the face of the new John Varvatos ad campaign.