Carry On

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Chris Cornell's first solo album, Euphoria Morning, was released just after Cornell had shaken the shackles of Soundgarden and he was making a definitive break from their heavy heavy sound by indulging in bucolic singer/songwriter clichés. It went nowhere commercially but led him toward Audioslave, where he spent three albums pushing and pulling against the core of Rage Against the Machine. If Euphoria Morning was breaking from the past, Carry On is about reconnecting to it, returning Cornell to music that feels more comfortable than Tom Morello's staccato riffs. Right from the beginning, he pushes out arena-filling riffs that feel more at home on a Soundgarden ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Chris Cornell's first solo album, Euphoria Morning, was released just after Cornell had shaken the shackles of Soundgarden and he was making a definitive break from their heavy heavy sound by indulging in bucolic singer/songwriter clichés. It went nowhere commercially but led him toward Audioslave, where he spent three albums pushing and pulling against the core of Rage Against the Machine. If Euphoria Morning was breaking from the past, Carry On is about reconnecting to it, returning Cornell to music that feels more comfortable than Tom Morello's staccato riffs. Right from the beginning, he pushes out arena-filling riffs that feel more at home on a Soundgarden record -- not as heavy and certainly not as tortured, but something more mature and more recognizably of Cornell's lineage than much of Audioslave. It sets the stage for a record that's seems like a rare hard rock maturation, but soon Cornell returns to the singer/songwriter mannerisms that seemed appropriate on his first debut -- he was stretching his legs after Soundgarden, after all -- but now feel anemic, particularly because they're executed with quivering sensitivity and a near belligerent tunelessness. These are the songs that feel forced -- as affected as his coffeehouse cover of "Billie Jean" -- but when Cornell loosens up and gives the music backbone (and a backbeat), he not only comes alive as a performer but the writing is sharper and better, pointing a way toward an artistic middle age that's richer and more compelling than what's heard on the bulk of Carry On.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602517298309
  • Catalog Number: 000874202
  • Sales rank: 47,178

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 No Such Thing (3:44)
  2. 2 Poison Eye (3:57)
  3. 3 Arms Around Your Love (3:34)
  4. 4 Safe and Sound (4:16)
  5. 5 She'll Never Be Your Man (3:24)
  6. 6 Ghosts (3:51)
  7. 7 Killing Birds (3:38)
  8. 8 Billie Jean (4:41)
  9. 9 Scar on the Sky (3:40)
  10. 10 Your Soul Today (3:27)
  11. 11 Finally Forever (3:37)
  12. 12 Silence the Voices (4:27)
  13. 13 Disappearing Act (4:33)
  14. 14 You Know My Name (4:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Cornell Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Gary Lucas Guitar
Darrell Leonard Trumpet
Steve Lillywhite Piano
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Brian Ray Guitar
Joe Sublett Tenor Saxophone
Cameron Greider Guitar
Nir Z. Drums
Dimitri Coats Guitar
Technical Credits
Chris Cornell Composer
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Todd Parker Engineer
Ryan Castle Engineer
Dave Cobb Horn Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth the wait...

    It's been eight years since Chris Cornell's last solo effort, and his world-turned-upside-down-life since then has had a profound effect on his music. Since "Euphoria Morning", Chris has gone through a well-publicized divorce, a happy remarriage, and for the first time since his early teens, began a life of abstinence from drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. All of these changes have matured Cornell musically, vocally, and lyrically, as evidenced on his new album, “Carry On”. The range of musical genres Chris tackles so successfully on "Carry On" is nothing short of astounding: There's rock, blues, Beatlesque, R&B, and balladry, all done expertly. Chris Cornell has always been known for his disdain of repetition in his music, but there is little doubt that his personal life has seeped into his songwriting, perhaps for the first time, as "Carry On" delivers a glimpse of Cornell at his most passionate, much to the delight of all his fans!! A true winner!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A New Source of Inspiration

    Anyone expecting Chris Cornell to rehash and recycle well-pioneered paths from previous albums is in for a pleasant surprise with "Carry On". For Cornell, musical exploration and adventurous spirit trumps churning out variations on a commercially proven theme, a danger that his last band Audioslave flirted with at times on "Out of Exile" "2005" and "Revelations" "2006". It's no wonder then that Cornell was ready to strike out again on his own. Conscious reinvention or natural evolution, the results are magnificent and hardly unexpected given the recent tectonic shifts in Cornell's personal life. Having openly abandoned substance abuse, Cornell went through an apparently acrimonious divorce, married anew, had two new children, took up residence in France and restored and opened a hip Paris restaurant and club, "Black Calavados". It's not that there aren't nostalgic Cornell trademarks throughout the material -- to the contrary, actually: familiar chord progressions, riffs, vocal patterns and lyrical themes are judiciously "and naturally" integrated into the material. The shifting riff-driven hook of "No Such Thing" recalls both recent Audioslave work and Soundgarden hits of yore. Hardcore Soundgarden fans will recognize the chorus chord progression of the rocking "Poison Eye" as uncannily similar to "Down on the Upside" "1996" B-Side "Karaoke". Hooks abound in infectious pop gem "Arms Around Your Love", laden with rich harmonies, most notably in the chorus. Ostensibly a whipping from a vicious Monday-morning quarterback of a conscience about failures that drove a lover into another's arms, it's really a broader reflection of regret for things that weren't said when it counted. In this context, "she" could be interpreted as one's sense of regret ""she's gonna make you pay for it"", and the "he" with his "arms around your love" could be death, rather than the lover for whom your lover left you. "Safe and Sound" is extraordinarily well crafted in its evolution from observing global dysfunction, to diagnosing the causes thereof, to prognosis, if not prescription, for cure. Tapping into the zeitgeist of angst and uncertainty in the face of rampant consumerism, environmental destruction, tribalism, tyranny, militarism and terrorism, the quavering uncertainty of "Safe and Sound" in the verses nevertheless rises and resolves in the pre-chorus, chorus and bridge into a heartening, almost defiant optimism. After all, Cornell believes in a promised land. "Silence the Voices", epic and sweeping, embodies a cinematic sturm und drang not found in Cornell's work since Soundgarden's "Superunknown" "1994". The military drum, down-tuned chord progression, fluid bass and jangly guitar provide an ominous yet melancholy backdrop for the theme. Cornell is more at home in this type of broader social criticism than in the current-events-driven "Rage"-style anger of Audioslave's "Wide Awake", promising a more lasting relevance to this song than "Wide Awake". To be sure, the torment, depression, and ambivalence about fame that dogged Cornell through the time of his last solo album "Euphoria Morning" "1999" resulted in some profound music and lyrics. But although we are reminded in the chorus of the richly rewarding "Ghosts" that the old Cornell "doesn't live here anymore", it's just a less tormented, more assured adult into which the old Cornell has grown. "Carry On" amply demonstrates that love, optimism, passion for life and a sense of responsibility are an equally fertile source of inspiration for an artist of Cornell's prodigious talents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a must have for Cornell lovers

    This CD is a must have for Cornell fans. I feel it really shows his maturity, versatility and ability to take listeners down a new path, while maintaining the constant of ‘the voice’ we know and love. It is not hard to see (or hear) why Chris Cornell has been a highly successful musician for over 20 years. That kind of staying power does not happen without taking risks and reaching outside a certain comfort zone. On Carry On, I especially enjoy Ghosts, Disappearing Act and Arms Around Your Love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing & diverse album

    This album has a great mix of tunes which really showcase Cornell's ability to go back and forth between genres. I love the diversity and the fact that he's still evolving. His voice is amazing, as always. For me, there's no one else who comes close as a vocalist and songwriter. Some of my favorite tracks include Disappearing Act, Ghosts, Scar on the Sky, Poison Eye, No Such Thing and You Know My Name, to name a few. I really love this album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Great CD by Chris Cornell

    I was highly anticipating the release of Chris's second solo album. I love Euphoria Morning and was pleasantly surprised by Carry On. The more I listen to the CD the more I appreciate his work. Some of the song initially were not what I was expecting but after a few listens I really enjoy this CD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Most Eclectic cd of the year!

    Although this album is not as hard rockin as people expected , its an awesome ride.Dont get me wrong , there are some rockin songs, "No Such Thing" & "You Know My Name", but right when you think you have this cd pegged, it hits you in the face with something new. It starts off stomping then moves into soft bluesy toe tappin then right back to rockin your face. Chris Cornell is a genius..His creativity blows me away..You must get this cd!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Carry On is great!

    I love the eclectic sounds that this man has come up with on this album. From My Poison Eye to Killing Birds to You Know My Name, I'm never bored. I especially think his vocals are the kind that soothe the soul...can't wait for the next one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding

    Takes a little getting used to if you have been a fan of his in the past, since it is soo different. After a few listens you will love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it!

    This is such a great album! It gets better and better the more I listen. The songs are so diverse, which is refreshing. His voice is amazing and is even better live! He sings all the vocals on this album, even the background. The album has a little something for everyone "rock, R&B, blues, etc". He even gets a little personal on a few. Great lyrics, great voice, great album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cornell comes through with 2nd solo album!

    I have been listening to Carry On, and I am really enjoying it! It grows on me the way that Euphoria Morning did- and I think it will also be one of the rare albums that I never get tired of listening to! Cornell's voice sounds better than it has in years! As an early fan "1990", I really appreciate the way Cornell has matured over the years. This is not in-your-face grunge you can pull out your Badmotorfinger for that. This is beautiful songwriting and vocals in one tight package. I highly recommend this album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great rock record

    I just saw Cornell in concert at the end of May and he is as good as ever. His voice gets better with age I think. This is deffinetly not a hard rock record but it is just a good rock and roll type of record. If you love talented vocalist and songwriters then this is for you. GREAT CD!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cornell produces another outstanding album!!!

    This CD is excellent. Chris Cornell's voice sounds great, and the songwriting is brilliant. He rocks out like soundgarden on some songs, and is mellow with his acoustic on others. This CD touches on parts of his whole career. I definetly reccomend this CD.

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    Posted July 28, 2009

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