Chris Cornell is a legend. He writes some fabulous songs, plays a mean guitar, has one of the sexiest voices I’ve ever heard, and is ridiculously hot.
With his new album Scream, the rocker has turned electronic/hip-hop and roped in Timbaland to produce, and Audioslave/Soundgarden/Cornell fans are up in arms condemning him and labelling him a sellout. Which leads me to pose the question – is his first single Part Of Me really so bad?
Let me preface by saying that I, for one, love the song. It’s catchy and fun, and while it is way off what Cornell usually does, it’s a good Chris Cornell song (it does have the potential to be a disaster if it were sung by Ricky Martin/Enrique Iglesias/Justin Timberlake, or basically anyone who isn’t Cornell). The fans are upset that Cornell has strayed away from rock to the more mainstream genres. What they seem to be forgetting is that just because it isn’t a rock song doesn’t mean that it’s not a good song.
Part Of Me is evidence that Cornell isn’t just a rocker, he’s a musician. The man has been making rock for decades, so if he wants to try something new, I say he’s entitled. In his own words, “Well, I think anybody should be able to do whatever the hell they want.” Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.