Watch: Cornell’s softer “Scream”

2009 has been a rough year for Chris Cornell. We here at Consequence of Sound have been less than impressed with his latest tour and, of course, the Timbaland-produced album, Scream. Add that up with a harsh criticism from a peer and you’d be looking forward to next year, too.

With someone as talented as Cornell, however, there’s always a silver lining. You’ll be happy to hear that beneath the out-of-place production on his latest release lies the potential for good songs. A prime example of such can be found in a new acoustic video for the title track off of Scream.

Directed by Meiert Avis, notable for work with U2 (“Where the Streets Have No Name”, “With or Without You”) and Bruce Springsteen (“Brilliant Disguise”, “Tunnel of Love”), the video for this acoustic cut of “Scream” is simple: Chris Cornell sits in a room, playing guitar, while the camera circles him. Simple, sure, but it’s the delivery of the song that’s key here, proving that Cornell’s ability to write and perform still remains, even despite his recent endeavors.

It would be interesting to hear this album in such a stripped-down manner, and hopefully he’ll oblige one day. In the meantime, enjoy an intimate performance from the man who brought us “Rusty Cage” and “My Wave”.

Chris Cornell 2009 Tour Dates:
04/29 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
05/01 – San Francisco, CA @ Grand Ballroom
05/02 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
05/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre


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