Higher Truth

Last updated on 11 June 2017

Higher Truth is the fourth and final studio album by Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell. The album was released on September 18, 2015.[2][3]

Chris Cornell Higher Truth.jpg
Chris Cornell Higher Truth.jpg

Recording

Cornell chose producer Brendan O'Brien as a collaborator to create a more intimate sound for the record.[4] On recording drums for the album, Cornell has stated that "most of the songs with drums are either loops that I made electronically or that Brendan basically recorded just playing a little drum kit he had," Cornell says. "We just made loops, layered things and played some percussion stuff."[4]

Critical reception

Upon its release, Higher Truth received generally favourable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 68 based on 11 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[5] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic said, "While Higher Truth never seems as self-consciously confessional as Euphoria Mourning, this mellow simplicity is an attribute: a relaxed Cornell creates a comforting mood piece that's enveloping in its warmth."[6] Collin Brennan of Consequence of Sound stated, "Higher Truth ironically doesn't strive for anything higher. It stakes its claim in the rich soils of the middle ground, a place that values intimacy above innovation, quiet truths above the ones that scream. And it's all the better for it."[7]

Track listing

All tracks written by Chris Cornell.

No. Title Length
1. "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart" 3:54
2. "Dead Wishes" 4:55
3. "Worried Moon" 4:32
4. "Before We Disappear" 3:51
5. "Through the Window" 4:41
6. "Josephine" 3:38
7. "Murderer of Blue Skies" 3:42
8. "Higher Truth" 5:06
9. "Let Your Eyes Wander" 3:42
10. "Only These Words" 3:29
11. "Circling" 3:28
12. "Our Time in the Universe" 4:19
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
13. "Bend in the Road" 3:37
14. "Wrong Side" 5:13
15. "Misery Chain" 4:42
16. "Our Time in the Universe" (Remix) 3:58

Personnel

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[10]

Charts

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 21
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 80
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[13] 49
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[14] 77
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[15] 77
Irish Albums (IRMA)[16] 43
Italian Albums (FIMI)[17] 62
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[18] 13
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 26
UK Albums (OCC)[20] 37
US Billboard 200[21] 19

References

  1. ^ Kreps, Daniel (June 2, 2015). "Chris Cornell Announces New Album 'Higher Truth,' Acoustic Tour". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  2. ^ "Chris Cornell announces solo album and acoustic tour headed to Lakewood". cleveland.com. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  3. ^ "iTunes - Music - Higher Truth by Chris Cornell". iTunes. September 18, 2015. Retrieved November 8, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Greene, Andy (August 24, 2015). "Chris Cornell on New Solo Album and Future of Soundgarden". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Reviews for Higher Truth by Chris Cornell". Metacritic. September 16, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Higher Truth - Chris Cornell | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Brennan, Collin (September 16, 2015). "Chris Cornell – Higher Truth". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  8. ^ Dolan, Jon (September 14, 2015). "Chris Cornell's New Album: Higher Truth". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  9. ^ Joyce, Colin (September 16, 2015). "Review: Chris Cornell Reaches for 'Higher Truth,' But It's Just Out of His Grasp". Spin. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  10. ^ "Higher Truth - Chris Cornell | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved November 8, 2015.
  11. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Chris Cornell – Higher Truth". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Chris Cornell – Higher Truth" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Chris Cornell – Higher Truth" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Chris Cornell – Higher Truth" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  15. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  16. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 39, 2015". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  17. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Chris Cornell – Higher Truth". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  18. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Chris Cornell – Higher Truth". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Chris Cornell – Higher Truth". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  20. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  21. ^ "Chris Cornell – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Chris Cornell. Retrieved September 29, 2015.

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