Chris Cornell Defends Timbaland-Produced Solo Album ‘Scream’
By Beth Kellmurray. “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart,” the first taste of Chris Cornell’s upcoming solo album, Higher Truth, already proves to be a departure from its predecessor, 2009’s Timbaland-produced Scream. But in an interview with Rolling Stone, Cornell insists Scream’s hefty criticism wasn’t a matter of demerit but rather poor timing. Cornell argues Scream would receive a different response were it released today:
“I don’t think there was any reference for ['Scream'] at the time. And obviously, the world of recorded and released music is a world that required reference 99 times out of 100. I mean, even for me, I could stand on a soap box and say that art shouldn’t require reference and then still make references to you. When I hear a band I’m gonna say something like, ‘It’s a cross between Abba and the band Swans.’ So I get it. The response to the album didn’t surprise me. But I do think there is more context for it now. I wanted the album to be intimate and small and so I didn’t want to hire a band,” Cornell said.
Chris Cornell - Part Of Me feat. Timbaland (Official Video) (2009)