音魔合唱团 (Audioslave)主唱 Chris Cornell曾是「Soundgarden」的主唱。谈到Soundgarden就不得不说到90年代初期的Grunge风潮，当时 Soundgarden可是与Alice In Chains、Nirvana及Pearl Jam并列四大经典乐队。声线辨识度极高的Chris Cornell於1997年单飞后，Soundgarden即宣告解散。1999年发行首张个人专辑『Euphoria Morning』。2001年Chris Cornell竟然跑到Nu-Metal的师祖团Rage Against The Machine当主唱，最后并以「Audioslave」当做新团名重新出发，发行了三张专辑。
Chris Cornell 的第二张个人专辑,不仅依靠深具才气的创作才华外，他那变识度极高的迷人嗓音，都是最佳注册商标，在2001年Rage Against The Machine主音Zack De La Rocha宣布单飞展开个人音乐事业后，其余团员偕同Chris组织起Audioslave重新整合再出发。2002年推出首张同名专辑《Audioslave》，缔造全球近五百万张销售量，2002～2004接连推出五首摇滚榜Top 10单曲，第二张专辑《Out Of Exile》迅速突破百万门槛，并成为首张美国冠军专辑，曾坐上主流摇滚榜亚军单曲〈Doesn't Remind Me〉，获得48届葛莱美“最佳硬式摇滚演出”提名。在2007年2月15日 Chris Cornell 宣布因音乐理念不合而退出 Audioslave 乐团。
Chris Cornell, one of the more distinctive voices of that early '90s alternative rock phenomenon, has come back to haunt us with a new solo CD, entitled Euphoria Morning, released September 21, 1999. It's been 2 years since his former band Soundgarden broke up and Chris's solo work represents a departure from the old grinding grunge sound.
His new effort is marked by visceral rhapsodies, driving but gentler crooning, and more dynamic sound textures. The 12 songs on Euphoria Morning reveal that Chris has done some soul searching since the breakup. The subject matter is more personal and the music itself is more explorative.
"Can't Change Me," the first track on the album, also the first single Chris released, is far from the angst anthems of the Soundgarden years, but it has already begun infiltrating the airwaves and music charts, re-establishing Chris as the intense vocalist and songwriter he has always been.
The overall sound is less jagged and hard but equally as heavy and urgent. If you miss the raw Soundgarden sound, Chris Cornell's solo material will only soothe your cravings with the comfort of his familiar howling. The hard rock, distortion-laced Soundgarden vibe has been traded for intense ballads and more introspective lyrics. The only songs reminiscent of the old Seattle sound are "Mission" and "Moonchild."
On many of the tracks, Chris seems to be looking at the world through a romanticized lens with his lyrics and musical style. The result is sometimes trite, but at other times refreshing and thoughtful. The words are poetic, reflecting fanciful imagery and heartfelt-even melancholy-thoughts. On the track entitled "Sweet Euphoria," Chris's lone guitar strummings are accompanied by surreal lyrics almost reminiscent of the Beatles. "Gone are your dandelions falling like mine/ Falling like daydream mangos."
And it's no wonder that Euphoria Morning calls the Beatles to mind on many of the tracks. Chris says he was inspired by the band and their eclectic, experimental style.
Chris and collaborators Alain Johannes (guitar) and Natasha Shneider (keyboards) from the band Eleven did some experimenting of their own and delved into the bag of studio technology tricks to create Euphoria Morning's sound. During the recording, they used vintage guitar amps and equipment to get a warm, organic sound, but added some tweaked out electronic sounds to the tracks-a reflection of the hybrid of musical technologies which is rapidly becoming a recording industry standard.
The effects often give an added dimension and depth to the music. But, on the track "Preaching the End of the World" electronic chirps and industrial swishing sounds pollute what could have been a more beautifully spare ballad.
Solo projects are intrinsically give-and-take. Audiences want to hear the old and familiar while the artist wants to try something new and uncharted. Surely, Chris Cornell's Euphoria Morning will win over a new audience with its warmer, more personal sound, while maintaining loyal listeners from his Soundgarden fan base with Chris's unforgettable voice.
01. Can't Change Me [3:23]
02. Flutter Girl [4:25]
03. Preaching the End of the World [4:41]
04. Follow My Way [5:10]
05. When I'm Down [4:20]
06. Mission [4:05]
07. Wave Goodbye [3:43]
08. Moonchild [4:02]
09. Sweet Euphoria [3:08]
10. Disappearing One [3:48]
11. Pillow of Your Bones [4:29]
12. Steel Rain [5:43]
13. Can't Change Me (French Version) [3:47]