Scream (Chris Cornell album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 10, 2009
StudioThe Hit Factory Criteria (Miami, Florida)
The Studio at the Setai (Miami Beach, Florida)
ProducerTimbaland (exec.), Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, Jim Beanz, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Tedder
Chris Cornell chronology
Carry On
Part of Me Remix EP
Singles from Scream
  1. "Long Gone"
    Released: July 29, 2008
  2. "Watch Out"
    Released: August 5, 2008
  3. "Ground Zero"
    Released: September 9, 2008
  4. "Scream"
    Released: September 22, 2008
  5. "Part of Me"
    Released: October 12, 2008

Scream is the third solo studio album by American musician Chris Cornell. Released on March 10, 2009, through Suretone Records and Mosley Music Group, it marked a shift from Cornell's previous musical efforts with the exclusion of some guitar and rock elements that were replaced with producer Timbaland's electronic pop soundscapes. The album was promoted with the release of five digital singles and three music videos, and was met with mostly negative reviews. The album debuted in the U.S at number 10 on the Billboard 200 with 26,000 copies sold.[1]


Recording history[edit]

With the idea of remixing songs from his previous album Carry On (2007), Cornell first came into contact with Timbaland.[2] However, the collaboration evolved into the duo writing and recording an entire album in just six weeks, notably with the conceptual direction of "tying it all together musically", which Cornell describes as "[harkening] back to albums that I listened to when I was a kid, where the music never stops" and that it "begs to be listened to on headphones all the way through".[2]

Musical style[edit]

Billboard reported that Scream shows Cornell moving "in a much more pop-oriented direction, with busy drum machine beats, buffed-up chorus vocals and string samples filling the nooks and crannies", comparing it to Gnarls Barkley and less that of "the guitar-driven music of Cornell's past with Soundgarden and Audioslave". Despite the controversy caused by teaming up with Timbaland,[3] Cornell insisted that he still played an integral part of the album's creation and didn't do what "Timbaland told me to do," further noting that they "didn't really have that relationship" and "it wasn't that type of a process. It was more, he would bring in a beat, an idea, I would write to it and sing it, and we would move on kind of to the next thing."[3]

Describing the album as a whole, Cornell compared it to Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon and Queen's A Night at the Opera, citing the psychedelic elements that Timbaland brought into the production.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic1.5/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly(B+)[7]
Hot Press(favorable)[8]
New York Times(mixed)[9]
NME4/10 stars[10]
Los Angeles Times1/4 stars[11]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[12]
Robert Christgau(dud)[13]
Spin2.5/5 stars[14]

In the U.S, the album debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200 and thus became Cornell's first top 10 solo album. The next week it dropped 55 places to number 65, which was the largest second-week drop for a top 10-debuting album in two and a half years.[15] It was also a commercial disappointment, spending only 10 weeks on the Billboard 200.[16]

Initial critical response towards the release was mixed to negative. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 42, based on 19 reviews.[17] Scream received positive reviews from Entertainment Weekly and Hot Press who felt that the collaboration between producer Timbaland and Chris Cornell worked.[17] The mixed reviews were more prevalent, with Spin stating the album was "strangely appealing in its elaborately empty efficiency", while Billboard noted that "sometimes it's good bizarre. Other times it's bad bizarre."[17] Rolling Stone wrote that Scream "veers between drab–sleek and rock–dude soulful; Cornell's yowl never sounds at home".[17] Among the negative reviews, Allmusic wrote that "Scream is one of those rare big-budget disasters, an exercise in misguided ambition that makes no sense outside of pure theory."[18]

Nine Inch Nails creator Trent Reznor attacked the album, condemning it as "embarrassing" on Twitter.[19] Reznor regretted his comments, writing an apology email to Cornell when both Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden announced a co-headlining tour.[20]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chris Cornell, additional unconfirmed writing credits below.

No.TitleWriter(s)Additional ProductionLength
1."Part of Me"Johnkenun Spivery, Ezekiel Lewis, Balewa MuhammadBacking Vocals: Timbaland, Ezekiel Lewis and Jim Beanz5:14
2."Time"James Washington, Lewis, MuhammadBacking Vocals: Ezekiel Lewis & Jim Beanz
Co-produced with Jim Beanz
3."Sweet Revenge"Washington, James FauntleroyBacking Vocals: James Fauntleroy and Jim Beanz4:10
4."Get Up"Washington, FauntleroyBacking Vocals: James Fauntleroy and Jim Beanz3:35
5."Ground Zero"WashingtonBacking Vocals: Jim Beanz
Co-produced with Jim Beanz
6."Never Far Away"Washington, Ryan Tedder, Lewis, MuhammadBacking Vocals: Ezekiel Lewis, Ryan Tedder and Jim Beanz5:06
7."Take Me Alive" (featuring Justin Timberlake)Washington, Justin TimberlakeBacking Vocals: Jim Beanz4:36
8."Long Gone"Tedder, Lewis, Patrick "J. Que" Smith, MuhammadBacking Vocals: Ezekiel Lewis
9."Scream"WashingtonBacking Vocals: Jim Beanz
Co-produced with Jim Beanz
10."Enemy"Washington, Tedder, Spivery, Lewis, MuhammadBacking vocals: Ezekiel Lewis, Ryan Tedder and Jim Beanz4:35
11."Other Side of Town"Washington, Tedder 4:48
12."Climbing Up the Walls"Washington, Tedder 4:48
13."Watch Out"WashingtonBacking Vocals: Jim Beanz
Co-produced with Jim Beanz
14."Two Drink Minimum" (Hidden Track)John Mayer3:03

Bonus tracks[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Additional productionLength
15."Ordinary Girl" (Availability: iTunes US & UK)Washington, TedderCo-produced with Ryan Tedder4:33
16."Lost Cause" (Availability: iTunes UK, Barnes & Noble)Washington 4:20
17."Do Me Wrong" (Availability: & Japanese Editions.)Tedder, Evan Bogart, FauntleroyCo-produced with Ryan Tedder2:54
18."Stop Me" (Availability: Verizon Wireless - Blackberry Storm Exclusive,[21] Rhapsody digital-download service)Tedder, Bogart, FauntleroyCo-produced with Ryan Tedder
Backing Vocals: James Fauntleroy
19."Love Comes Down" (Availability: Unreleased)Washington, Lewis, Muhammad, Smith  
20."Why Do You Follow Me?" (Availability: Unreleased)   


Rock Versions[edit]

There are currently two Scream tracks that have had "Rock Versions" of them released. The first being an alternate version of "Long Gone", produced by Howard Benson,[22] which was accompanied by an official music video directed by DJ Skee's[23]

The second track to come to light was a "Rock Version" of "Never Far Away". This version was not a remix, but a completely new recording, produced by Jordon Zadorozny. It has yet to be released for purchase, but has been, with permission from Cornell himself, made available for streaming by Alan Cross.[24] In October 2009, it was reported that Cornell was working with Jordon Zadorozny and Michael Friedman to rework the entire Scream album but then Chris rejoined Soundgarden.[25] No further development on the project had been made between Cornell rejoining Soundgarden and his death on May 18, 2017.

No.TitleWriter(s)Release FormatLength
1."Long Gone" (Rock Version)Chris Cornell, Howard BensonReleased via the Long Gone (Rock Version) digital-only single3:41
2."Never Far Away" (Rock Version)Cornell, Jordon ZadoroznyOnly available for streaming3:59


Chart (2009) Peak
Austria Albums Top 75[26] 47
Canadian Albums Top 100[27] 13
Denmark Albums Top 40[26] 30
Dutch Albums Top 100[26] 61
Finnish Albums Chart[28] 18
German Albums Chart[29] 46
Polish Albums Chart[30] 32
Swiss Albums Top 100[26] 28
UK Albums Top 75[31] 70
U.S. Billboard 200[1] 10
World Albums Top 40[26] 35


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