It’ll be news to nobody when I say this, but I’ll say it anyway: Chris Cornell’s Scream is horrible. There are plenty of albums released in a year that aren’t so hot, but this goes beyond that to something wrong on so many levels. To put it in an aging rocker context: It makes Chinese Democracy look like Appetite For Destruction. We’ve said as much in our posts about “Scream,” Ground Zero,” and “Long Gone.” Fair question: So why do we keep writing about it? Sick fascination. Rubbernecking. If you think we’re just being snots, we’re not alone: Take a look at what Mr. Trent Reznor had to say about the former Soundgardener’s sad foray into electropop.

“You know that feeling you get when somebody embarrasses themselves so badly YOU feel uncomfortable? Heard Chris Cornell’s record? Jesus.”

The original note’s at Reznor’s Twitter. Not that we’re pretending there’s some sort of beef between the two singers — gossip? us? — but you really can’t argue with Trent here. Not that Chris would care to. The guy who wrote “Outshined” describes his new album as “an interesting sociological experiment” and is having a blast confounding fans (“there’s some excitement that I got out of that that I haven’t felt in years”) according to a Reuters interview.

That part’s kinda fun … If someone is up in arms about the idea of an artist that they really care about doing something that they just can’t believe, it begs that question, “Well, what is it that you would want? Would you then want predictable, comfortable salad that gets reproduced year after year?”

The best unintentionally funny quote in that article has to deal with what he’s spotted at the live shows: “It’s the most that I’ve seen guys with beards rocking back and forth to a rhythm.” So he does not watch bear porn!

If you are brave enough to partake in Mr. Cornell’s sociological experiment, check out the “Part Of Me” video.

The “house mix” < Predictable, comfortable salad.

Comments (84)
  1. Eric  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2009 0

    I haven’t heard a thing about this. I’m shocked. I had to look up more videos to make sure the posted video was not an ironic mash up by youtube nation.

  2. even if the song sounds like a remix of maroon 5, method man is in the video. therefore, it is awesome.

  3. When did Chris Cornell start making SNL Digital Shorts?

  4. Do you know who produced the album? Chris Cornell only wants to make some money for retirement. His 401k probably took a pretty good hit.

    It’s like the Leonard Cohen tour, but with bad music.

  5. i literally just shat my pants laughing at that video

  6. s.s.  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2009 0

    It’s a collaboration with Timbaland — no shit! Justin Timberlake guests on a song. Seriously, I’m not making this up.

  7. Sounds like he’s trying to do the Santana / Rob Thomas crossover. AND be Missy Elliot. And Leonard Cohen. Desperation is when you are trying to not only please everyone, but ANYone. I mean it can’t be that hard to pull Kim Thayil out of his early retirement.

  8. james  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2009 0

    I like the song. The video is just alright…

  9. anonymous  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2009 0

    i don’t want anybody to know who i am, because i’m about to admit that even tho i concur that most of the new cornell album is pretty mediocre, i actually LOVE the song “scream” and think it’s probably his best tune since “black hole sun” or “flutter girl” …

    also, the new album IS “appetite for destruction” compared to his LAST solo album’s “chinese democracy”

  10. wow, i love the random Simpsons reference

  11. boo  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2009 0


  12. annie onymous  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2009 0

    heres the thing – the production isnt the worst thing on the album. it really isnt.

    the lyrics are the worst bottomof the barrel shit i have ever heard. this is pussycat dolls level lyricism here. it did indeed hurt to listen to this, especially knowing what cornell is capable of.

  13. Pogo  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2009 0

    I thought he died after Jane’s Addiction broke up.

  14. Shit, How is this going to effect the reunion?

  15. satanslilsunbeam  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2009 0

    What a steamer. It’s like someone’s American Apparel wearing hipster dad trying to get some pussy by copping Justin Timberlake. I’m not even a fan of his music, but I’m embarrassed for him…It’s THAT fucking bad. Like a very unfunny (wait that’s redundant) SNL skit.

  16. I definitely feel the secondhand embarrassment. What happened to you, Chris?

  17. been a decade  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2009 0

    feeling the sudden urge to listen to soundgarden again…wait now it is going to sound poppy

  18. mike you stole my comment

  19. anon  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2009 0

    I guess Im not a fan of soundgarden, but I dont think this sounds that bad, I hear worse every time i turn on the radio.

  20. derek  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2009 0

    Soundgarden rules. I hope Kim, Matt, and Ben team up and punch Chris in the face. One of the most badass frontmen of the 90′s has become an awful joke. I just can’t figure out why he can’t see it

  21. Sal  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2009 0

    I think the new songs are simply bland and mediocre, which is way worse, imo, than if they were just plain bad.

  22. This is the opposite of everything that was cool and edgy about Soundgarden.

  23. jeff  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2009 0

    wait – is this the same Chris Cornell that wrote Jesus Christ Pose?
    That song is truly horrifying.

  24. Haven’t you guys heard of Advancement Theory?

  25. dusty  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2009 0

    what sad times are these when an artist passes off refuse as “an interesting sociological experiment.” or maybe the joke is on us….
    no, mr chris, you should leave that to Andres Serrano.

  26. anonymous  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2009 0

    i’m sad to hear that he’s been going through a horrible divorce, but couldn’t he have just left a flaming bag of dogshit on her doorstep?

  27. the whole situations is sad, yeah, but it makes me kind of sick to my stomach to see the guy behind the great badmotorfinger belting out misogynistic choruses that a band like buckcherry usually stoops to

  28. Hahahah oh my god, soundgarden meets justin timberlake meets rob thomas meets unintentional comedy.

  29. I usually like defending mainstream acts from you indie scoundrels, but this might be the worst music of this decade…it’s on par with K-Fed’s CD.

  30. Superunknown came out 15 years ago last week. My, how times change.

  31. anonymous  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2009 0

    yea this is awful but definitely not something to get this worked up about. audioslave was almost as bad

  32. OLVE  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2009 0

    Yes! Another Feud. The battle continues.

  33. manchita  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2009 0

    why is it that only the colored folk started fighting in the video?

  34. Vorsh  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2009 0

    i thought the chorus was catchy as hell. i like the bass synth. i guess the fact that its chris cornell makes it horrible?

  35. Terry's Chocolate Orange  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2009 0

    remember not long ago when that isolated-vocals Van Halen track became available ?
    you’ve got David Lee Roth going “aiaiaiah…oooohooOOOOOh yeaaahhhhHHHHH”.
    it sounds like somebody cut & pasted that onto some young kid’s frooty loops beat.

  36. marlonrando  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2009 0

    Is Casey Affleck documenting this?

  37. He can never go back. goddamn shame any possible soundgarden reunion will be marred by this travesty

  38. ginger & Lemon  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2009 0

    Timbaland has a track record of making bad albums with usually great artists. He litterally killed both Björk and Madonna on their latest shit records and now he is going after indie rock. Thank God Cobain died as he’d probably be on his kill bill…..though how long till Courtney Love makes a statement about Timbaland remixing “Smells like teen spirit”?
    Timbaland is in talks to work on Radiohead’s next album btw :)

    • “He litterally killed both Björk and Madonna on their latest shit records and now he is going after indie rock.”

      Yes, first Chris Cornell, next Deerhunter and Liars.

      P.S. Trent Reznor, the guy who wrote “The Fragile”, shouldn’t talk about people embarrassing themselves. ‘Starfuckers, Inc.’ is about as horrendous as it gets.

      • zackawii  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2009 0

        yeah. he did write starfuckers. but that song is a parody of marilyn manson. the whole song is about him. trent and him had a huge falling out and trent wrote the lyrics and the music to parody him. also, i love when radiohead fans insult nine inch nails lyrics. you can defend thom yorke’s retard poetry all you want, half of the lyrics are still garbage.
        ghosts I-IV by NIN effectively proved that there is no need for radiohead to be around to do their whole electronic soundscape deal. nine inch nails beats down radiohead live, they beat radiohead with the digital distribution method, they beat them at every turn.
        now i just want to watch trent beat thoms lazy eyed head in.
        and chris cornell.
        fuck it, i just want every 90′s frontman to fight each other gladiator style.

        • Yes, but you’re forgetting that ‘Starfuckers, Inc.’ isn’t any worse than the other songs on “The Fragile.” That whole album is a shit sandwich. Also, you’re forgetting that no one gave a shit about “Ghosts”.

          • !?!  |   Posted on Mar 18th, 2009 0

            Kidacomputerok, what is your beef with Nine Inch Nails? You post these same damn comments on every post related to T-Rez. We know that you don’t like Nine Inch Nails. We get that your personal taste in music–judging by your link, I should say Pitchfork’s personal taste in music–is much better than everyone else’s. Quit trolling, or better yet, just shut the hell up!

          • When you suck Trent off, do you let a drop go to waste? Starfuckers, yeah!

    • what  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2009 0

      I agree with your comment that Timbaland ruins normally good artists, because he does. But why do you bring Kurt Cobain into this? Because if he wasn’t dead, he would be alive, so that means he would have to be produced by Timbaland. (?)Because I’m pretty sure musicians have a lot of say in who produces their album, and it’s not like Timbaland forces them to hire him to ruin their songs. Although for this Cornell song it was pretty much just shitty icing on an already shitty cake.

      Also, he didn’t “literally” kill anyone. Madonna and Bjork are still alive.

  39. Leighton  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2009 0

    I actually like this better than the last two Adult Contemporary albums he made and anything Audioslave came out with.

    That’s not saying much, because I would also prefer being face-raped to listening to an Audioslave album.

  40. Watching this video has erased all the joy that I felt when I discovered Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix has leaked.

  41. Bing  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2009 0

    If this wasn’t Chris Cornell, you’d all be more sympathetic. This is a “bitch” away from being a Roisin Murphy song.

  42. When did Andy Samberg grow a goatee?

  43. eddiebragin  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2009 0

    best thing about this is Trent Reznor’s comments. Artist should diss each other more often. Way to go!! I was able to listen to this without wincing, so i guess its tolerable, but i couldn’t look at this… does anybody remember how fucking hard Soundgarden rocked??

  44. This song and video’s about as appealing as Watchmen’s new ending.

  45. ev  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2009 0

    gotta say this even if no one reads it: That title was like a fuckin chocolate-in-my-peanut-butter moment. awesome.
    and you never win friends with salad: as true today as the day it was written

  46. chris  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2009 0

    I didn’t think there could be anything worse than audioslave but here it is I also didnt think there could be anything that would make me hate that mans voice any more than I did but this has made it even worse, which I’m amazed was possible.

  47. Dick Smith  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2009 0

    This song hurts my balls, I am quite sure I could fart a better song

  48. Dick Smith  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2009 0

    This song hurts my balls, I am positive I could fart a better song.

    I think Chris lost his mojo

  49. what’s a shame is that his voice sounds to be in its best shape in 10 years.

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