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  • Summary: The latest solo album for the singer/guitarist was produced by Timberland and Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 19
  2. Negative: 6 out of 19
  1. What's more surprising than Scream's R&B bells and whistles (provided by überproducer Timbaland) is that Cornell almost succeeds at that goal without tarnishing his hard-rawkin' legacy.
  2. This is a startling new direction, and while not entirely successful, it confirms Cornell as a vocalist of versatility and strength.
  3. 60
    Scream may be the most compelling train wreck of an album in recent memory.
  4. The problem with Scream isn’t that Cornell is too much of an artist to go pop, it’s that the fit is so unbecoming.
  5. Timbaland, who has sprinkled his hip-hop fairy dust on weaker voices, rinses away Cornell's inherent dirt and power, and compresses the godfather of grunge until he squawks.
  6. It never seems like a collaboration, it seems like it was assembled by committee, discussed in boardrooms, farmed out to contract players and stitched together on computer.
  7. The record sounds phoned in, plain and simple, and its awkward concessions to cliche, its trash heap lyrical conceits, and its dopey production have a cumulative effect that would be insulting if it weren’t so transparently uninspired and uninteresting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 76
  2. Negative: 35 out of 76
  1. Dec 5, 2010
    10
    Yes it is not Audioslave or Soundgarden, why? because it was not the idea!!! the grungee voice with hip hop and even latin beats are strangeYes it is not Audioslave or Soundgarden, why? because it was not the idea!!! the grungee voice with hip hop and even latin beats are strange in a very interesting way. Songs as Part of Me and Time are more than great. Timb. is just doing his thing, but I am glad Chris Cornell still has enough balls to take risks, surprise and even shock some people, not just going through the safe line. Love the album!!! Expand
  2. EndiQ
    Mar 13, 2009
    10
    This album is incredibly diverse and original. I've always been a cornell fan and somewhat connect with the ones that are disappointed, This album is incredibly diverse and original. I've always been a cornell fan and somewhat connect with the ones that are disappointed, but at the same time, i can't help but be appalled by their close-mindedness. These songs are great! Expand
  3. MoO
    Mar 14, 2009
    9
    I applaud CC for trying something new. Most of the tracks are catchy, and his voice still has that bluesy undertone. The hidden track is I applaud CC for trying something new. Most of the tracks are catchy, and his voice still has that bluesy undertone. The hidden track is great, just heartfelt, stripped down blues. Expand
  4. Oct 25, 2010
    4
    Whereas his previous solo album is still getting better with every listen, this one has the opposite effect. After two or three spins ofWhereas his previous solo album is still getting better with every listen, this one has the opposite effect. After two or three spins of Scream I liked most of the cuts. But after a few more spins there were only a couple that really stayed with me. Cornell's biggest mistake was trying to go for big ballads ("Long Gone," "Scream") on what should essentially be a light-hearted dance record filled with more straight-up catchy pop tunes like "Ground Zero." Not a bad concept for an album, the songwriting just didn't have the right stuff. Expand
  5. KaneL
    Mar 12, 2009
    2
    This album is so annoying that you'd find yourself humming the title track while having a bath and then slip and fall in shock and say This album is so annoying that you'd find yourself humming the title track while having a bath and then slip and fall in shock and say "Damn You to hell Cornell!!!" However if you like the stuff One Republic came up with you'd like this.... He must be in his mid-life crisis or something...I dunno...go figure! Expand
  6. StanleyS.
    Mar 13, 2009
    1
    Wow I'm shocked and disappointed. Chris Cornell making an R&B groove/dance orientated album is a great idea in concept. I can think of Wow I'm shocked and disappointed. Chris Cornell making an R&B groove/dance orientated album is a great idea in concept. I can think of nothing better than dancing to his voice. But in execution this failed in ways I can not comprehend. How could two seasoned musicians deliver this, I'm thinking they must be tripping over their overblown egos. Timbaland went way overboard and drowned out Cornell. Cornell reverted to cliche R&B lyrics and concepts. Do we really want to hear Cornell singing about rubbing up against girls ala Nelly? Blech! There was all the potential in the world to do something great here - but wow what a misstep. I'm pissed I spent my hard earned money on this. I give it a 1 for balls but that's as much as I can muster. Expand
  7. MikeH
    Mar 10, 2009
    0
    This man has lost all credibility with this album. This is the very definition of a sell out. People will praise it as experimentation - This man has lost all credibility with this album. This is the very definition of a sell out. People will praise it as experimentation - don't delude yourselves - this one is all about $$. I've loved this man for a very long time, up until last year when this monstrocity broke out. This is how hard the mighty can fall. Expand

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