Yo, this be Reuben. I know me and Milo said we probably wouldn’t write anything for ye for the time being, but I’ve gotta write something about this.
Once an incredible singer and songwriter, now a legend. Chris Cornell was a huge part of grunge at the heart of Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog in the 80’s and 90’s, and he lit up the rock scene again with Audioslave in the last decade. With all three bands and not to mention his solo work he proved himself as one of the very best singers in the genre with his unique, striking style and incredible vocal range, alongside writing all kinds of deep lyrics to really bring the goosebumps out. His voice can send you into a daze in his sombre hits like Mind Riot and Like Suicide, can pump the adrenaline in his rockers like Cochise and Set it Off, and never fails to impress me. He also clearly had an awesome sense of fun and came across as a rocker through and through, an influential figure and flag-holder for grunge and hard rock, and a great role-model, who mixed talent, determination and friendship to become an unforgettable staple in rock history.
When I first saw that he’d died, I genuinely didn’t believe it was true. But, it is, I guess. And it sucks. I doubt what I’ve written is a fitting tribute at all, but I felt like I needed to show my appreciation somehow, so yeah.
Here’s my favourite songs by him: (listen to ’em all, I dare ya)
Rest in peace, Chris Cornell. Thanks for all the music!
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