Apparently tired of the criticism and negative reception of his latest solo album Scream, Chris Cornell will reportedly re-record the entire album with more of a guitar driven rock sound. The Timbaland produced album was poorly received by hard-core Cornell fans and was largely ignored by the general public, with the Soundgarden and Audioslave singer releasing a record featuring club beats and pop production.
The record debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200 chart when it was released in March, but plummeted 55 places in its second week and was off the 200 after 10 weeks. Explore Music is reporting that musicians such as Jordan Zadorozny, from indie band Blinker the Star, have been reworking Scream's tracks to have more of a rock style.
The news comes as a bit of a surprise, considering that Cornell staunchly supported the release when interviewed earlier this year.
"As a songwriter and creative person, I have to do what makes me happy," Cornell told Alternative Addiction during an interview in March. "That changes; it goes into different worlds," Cornell explained. "Sometimes its going to be in the world that those core fans of my earlier period love, and sometimes it won't."
Cornell defended his unlikely pairing with Timbaland, explaining that the chance to take a fresh approach was really the reason he was making a solo record in the first place.
"I sort of thought, well why not? That's sort of why I am a solo artist - so I can do anything I want, when I want. That was really all the thought that went into it."
Obviously Cornell has had second thoughts about that decision, leading Cornell to ultimately re-record the entire album. A new rock version of the track "Never Far Away" has been released, you can listen to both versions below: