January 16, 2015

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell has revealed via Twitter that he has just begun recording a new solo album. No further details are currently available.


Cornell’s last solo studio effort, 2009’s Scream, was produced by Timbaland. The album was received negatively by critics and fans, with Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor calling Cornell’s attempted makeover as a pop singer “embarrassing.”

Cornell’s last all-new full length album of any kind was Soundgarden’s sixth studio outing, King Animal, which came out in 2012 and ended a 16-year gap between releases for the band, who broke up in 1997 and reunited in 2010.

Cornell said that working with the band nowadays was a nice balance to his solo career: “One thing about a solo artist is you can just be in a room way too long with yourself and your own thoughts and your own songs, and it feels really good to be working with Ben (Shepherd, bassist) and Matt (Cameron, drummer) and Kim (Thayil, guitarist) again, and it’s actually a really nice reprieve also from just being alone, doing what I do. It’s helping with the balance, I think, too.”


Cornell’s other solo records include 1999’s Euphoria Morning, 2007’s Carry On and 2011’s acoustic live set Songbook.

Soundgarden released a three-disc collection of B-sides and rarities called Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path late last year.

The group plans to work on a new studio album sometime later in 2015.