Euphoria Mourning (originally titled Euphoria Morning) is the first solo studio album released by American musician Chris Cornell. It was released on September 21, 1999 through Interscope Records. Euphoria Mourning sold over 75,000 copies in its first week of release and eventually sold 393,000 copies in the U.S. alone. While a large success critically, it did not sell nearly as well as Cornell's albums with Soundgarden. It is Cornell's only album between the split of Soundgarden until he formed Audioslave with members of Rage Against the Machine.
In 2015, the album was re-released on CD and vinyl with the title Euphoria Mourning, with Cornell stating in the press release that he had originally intended the album to be called that.
In 1998, Cornell began working on material for a solo album on which he collaborated with Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneider of the band Eleven. "Flutter Girl" was an outtake from Superunknown, the 1994 Soundgarden album. During his 2007 solo tour, Cornell stated that "Wave Goodbye" was written as a tribute to Jeff Buckley, who drowned in 1997.
According to AllMusic's Euphoria Mourning is " a shaded, textured rock album," lacking the "grinding sludge and furious rock" of Soundgarden. Nevertheless, the album was described to be of a piece with Soundgarden's psychedelic-indebted 1994 album Superunknown and delves back into ’60s psychedelic melodies and acoustic ditties." Los Angeles Times' Mikael Wood described the album's style as "psychedelic folk-rock."
The album proved commercially unsuccessful although the album's single "Can't Change Me" was nominated for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance at the 2000 Grammy Awards. He also contributed the song "Sunshower" (a bonus track on the Japanese release of Euphoria Morning) to the soundtrack of the 1998 film, Great Expectations, and a reworked version of the track "Mission", retitled "Mission 2000", was used on the soundtrack to the 2000 film, Mission: Impossible 2. In 2000, Cornell embarked on a tour in support of the album.
The album was re-released in 2015 on CD and vinyl and retitled Euphoria Mourning. Cornell stated that he had originally intended the album to be called that, but his manager at the time of the original release, Jim Guerinot, suggested that "Euphoria Morning" without the "u" would be a better title.
Cornell on the title:
It was a pretty dark album lyrically and pretty depressing, and I was going through a really difficult time in my life – my band wasn’t together anymore, my marriage was falling apart and I was dealing with it by drinking way too much, and that has its own problems, particularly with depression. So I titled the album Euphoria Mourning, but right before the record came out and I was doing interviews over the radio for example, if you say “Euphoria Mourning”, the listener doesn’t know if it’s mourning with a “u” or morning without a “u”. And that started to bother me. So I had a conversation with my manager at the time, and said I really love the title but do you think it’s confusing? And he suggested that Euphoria Morning would probably be a better title. I thought, in contrast to the lyrics maybe that works. And it wasn’t my manager’s fault, I was a grown man and could say I don’t think that’s a good idea, and in the back of my mind I didn’t think it was a good idea. But mentally I wasn’t together enough to really know what was right. So I went with “Morning”, and it’s bothered me ever since. It even showed up in an early review where someone reviewing the record said that the title sounded like a potpourri scent, and when I read that I was just like [with disdain], “Fuck! Fuckin’ bullshit!” The title was so beautifully poetic to begin with, just the concept of euphoria in mourning; it was a moment I felt inspired and I let all the air out of it. So when we decided to do its first vinyl release I thought, I want to change the fuckin’ title! [Laughs] It’s time to change it.
All lyrics written by Chris Cornell.
|1.||"Can't Change Me"||Chris Cornell||3:23|
|2.||"Flutter Girl"||Cornell, Alain Johannes, Natasha Shneider||4:25|
|3.||"Preaching the End of the World"||Cornell||4:41|
|4.||"Follow My Way"||Cornell, Johannes, Shneider||5:10|
|5.||"When I'm Down"||Cornell||4:20|
|6.||"Mission"||Cornell, Johannes, Shneider||4:05|
|10.||"Disappearing One"||Cornell, Johannes, Shneider||3:48|
|11.||"Pillow of Your Bones"||Cornell, Johannes, Shneider||4:29|
|Japanese bonus tracks|
|14.||"Can't Change Me" (French version)||Cornell||3:47|
Personnel adapted from Euphoria Morning liner notes.
|US Billboard 200||18|
|Canadian Albums (Billboard)||14|