Euphoria Morning

Euphoria Morning

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by Chris Cornell
     
 

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As Soundgarden fades into the dustbin of rock 'n' roll history, its singer sheds shackles of the grunge grind for a varied sound that will satisfy Cornell boosters and open the ears of doubters. On EUPHORIA MORNING the man whose scabrous screech will remain as key to the Seattle experience as Nirvana's chunky, punky riffs and Eddie…  See more details below

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As Soundgarden fades into the dustbin of rock 'n' roll history, its singer sheds shackles of the grunge grind for a varied sound that will satisfy Cornell boosters and open the ears of doubters. On EUPHORIA MORNING the man whose scabrous screech will remain as key to the Seattle experience as Nirvana's chunky, punky riffs and Eddie Vedder's angst leaves the loose, live-feeling of his band's swan song DOWN ON THE UPSIDE behind for a restrained, folksier sound that range's from wistful pop ("Can't Change Me") to brooding, post-grunge ("Mission"). Yet, despite a vestigial relationship to his old band's dirgier moments, this music rarely rocks out. And this is by no means a bad thing. Blessed with an effortlessly strong, surprisingly versatile voice that evokes classic rock legends like Joe Cocker, Cornell can curl his craggy larynx around the soulful bar-rock of "Wave Goodbye" as well as the 3 a.m. ballad "When I'm Down," and the relaxed mood of his backing players on EUPHORIA's woodsier acoustic stuff sheds a light on that voice we rarely saw back in the day.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With Down on the Upside, it was clear that Soundgarden, while still strong, was no longer the ideal vehicle for its frontman Chris Cornell. He sounded much more comfortable on Superunknown, the first Soundgarden album that broke free from the Sab-Zep restraints, allowing him to indulge in psychedelia. That, along with his stellar contribution to the Singles soundtrack, suggested that Cornell had aspirations of being a singer/songwriter, so it's not a surprise at all that he decided to tie those two loose ends together to provide the foundation for his solo debut album, Euphoria Morning. Those expecting a slab of metal from Euphoria Morning will be disappointed, but it's hard to feel sorry for them, since they were evidently not really listening to the last few Soundgarden records. There's no question that it's a rock album, but it's a shaded, textured rock album, lacking the grinding sludge and furious rock that were his previous band's stock-in-trade, yet it's undeniably of a piece with Superunknown. Thankfully, Euphoria Morning doesn't have the shiny arena rock gloss that Michael Beinhorn gave Soundgarden's masterpiece. True, it is a clean, big production, but it's organic, which means that it doesn't sound unnatural when Cornell dives into blues ("When I'm Down") or when he suggests Radiohead with the beginning of "Preaching the End of the World." That kind of flexibility is what was missing from Down on the Upside, and it keeps Euphoria Morning fascinating, since it's unclear what's coming next, even if it all sounds of a piece. It's a mature album without being overly somber. It could be argued that it sounds a little too mature and possibly a little self-conscious, but that just emphasizes the real craft behind Euphoria Morning. Cornell knew exactly where he wanted to go as a solo artist, and he's achieved it. If it doesn't satisfy some dyed-in-the-wool Soundgarden fans, that's too bad, since it will undoubtedly win the affections of open-minded listeners who haven't before considered him a serious songwriter or musician.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/1999
Label:
Fontana A&M
UPC:
0606949041229
catalogNumber:
490412
Rank:
40544

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Cornell   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Matt Cameron   Snare Drums
Jason Falkner   Bass
Josh Freese   Drums,Snare Drums
Victor Indrizzo   Snare Drums
Alain Johannes   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Theremin,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ric Markmann   Bass
Bill Rieflin   Drums,Snare Drums
Natasha Shneider   Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Timpani
Greg Upchurch   Drums,Snare Drums

Technical Credits

Chris Cornell   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Alain Johannes   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Drum Technician
Natasha Shneider   Arranger,Producer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
John Heiden   Arranger,Art Direction

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Euphoria Morning 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chris Cornell has the most versatile and beautiful voice and this CD really shows that off. He has a style on this CD that is all his own. His talent can't help but be heard on every song. I can't wait for him to came out with another CD, I just hope it doesn't take as long to come out as this one did! I just can't say enough how great this CD is!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been listening to Chris Cornell back to the days with Sound Garden. They blew my mind. I really was never a big fan of Rock music, more funk and rap. However, once I heard the diverse sounds,voices,lyrics and music of Chris Cornell, I was drawn for good. Euphoria Morning,... was like experiencing the awsome sounds of Pink Floyd at the Griffith Observatory, while lying your head back in the lazarium room. Fills your mind with thoughts,emotions and release from hearing the mundane. Rock,Blues,Soul and alternative sounds are all present on this CD. I agree that this CD is timeless and will only become finer, like wine, with age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first listen to Euphoria Morning, but I have read much prior. This group is the first work by Chris since he hooked up with the members of ELEVEN. Being a huge fan of ELEVEN, I hear Alain & Natasha's influence. Best move Chris ever made.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chris Cornell is one of the greatest musicians alive today. This album is an absolute treasure, a piece of gold. First off, you have Chris Cornell. If you've heard Soundgarden, or Temple of the Dog, you know this man has a killer voice, sort of like Robert Plant, he can wail just as easily as he can use that beautiful mid-range style he uses primarily throughout this record. Although this album is nothing like Soundgarden ever recorded, it's sort of like what would happen if Soundgarden recorded a "Led Zeppelin III" type album, or an album like Pearl Jam's "No Code." This IS different, but it's not like it came right out of left field. Cornell hinted in this direction when he wrote most of the material for the spectacular Temple of The Dog album. This is a timeless classic, and I want this man to get back to work! Either on his own, or with the guys from Rage, I don't care because Cornell seems to have a magic touch, if his name is on the album, it's got to be good. This album is stellar, but as I said before, it's like Led Zeppelin III, you can't headbang to these songs, and if that's what you want to do, just listen to Soundgarden. But I guarantee that if you listen to this album you will love it. Now it might take a couple listens, I know it took me a few listens (it sat on my shelf for months) but after I listened to it all the way through, it hit me like an earthquake. I finally woke up to the brilliance Cornell exhibits on this album. Do yourself (and Cornell) a favor by picking up this album ASAP!
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent album that will appeal to a wide range of musical tastes. Can't wait for another one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is absolutely phenomenal. It is one of the few discs on which every single song is solidly composed, and well-executed musically. Chris Cornell is undeniably a brilliant lyricist, and his voice is strong yet versatile. In my opinion, his talent is matched by few if any. I only wish he continued to make more solo work after this disc, although obviously Audioslave is amazing as well.
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