GRUNGEREPORT.NET REVIEW OF NEW CHRIS CORNELL SONG “THE KEEPER”
WRITTEN BY BRETT BUCHANAN
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell released a new acoustic song today called “The Keeper” for the Machine Gun Preacher soundtrack, to listen to it go to ChrisCornell.com.
The song is Cornell’s best release in years. I’m a die hard fan of Cornell, but to me the last time he really released something I loved was probably “Doesn’t Remind Me” off of Audioslave’s Out of Exile in 2005. I wasn’t too big on Audioslave’s final album Revelations, Carry On, or Scream. There were some songs here and there that I liked, like “You Know My Name,” but Chris’ voice just didn’t seem the same to me and the vibe just seemed to go away from the style he created in the 90’s, which is fine but I just wasn’t as in to it as his 90’s stuff.
This song sounds straight out of the 90’s. On “The Keeper” Cornell collaborates with Alain Johannes, who worked with Cornell on his 1999 classic Euphoria Morning. This song sounds like it could have been on Euphoria Morning (or even Temple of the Dog), Chris sounds like he did in the 90’s. The lyrics are just great and so inspired, here are some great ones from the song:
“Beauty and truth collide where love meets genocide. Where laughter meets fear. Confusion all around as I try to feed these mouths that have never known singing”
“And before I let one more tear hit the ground. I will be the one standing between you and the sound of the rounds. Echoing out, out of the dark. The smoke and the spark, aimed at the heart of the flame. I am the keeper.”
“And before I let one more life get embraced. From the ashes I will rise for you and the ghosts of the names. Faces and frames, the love and the pain for you I remain, though I’m not worthy of being the keeper of the flame.”
Grunge lovers, the Chris Cornell we all love is back. This makes me even more excited about the new Soundgarden album.