The likely lads return with their first album in 11 years, but is it a Libs classic?
Album review: Chris Cornell
* Chris Cornell was formerly singer with grunge legends Soundgarden and rock supergroup Audioslave.
* 'Scream' is produced by hip-hop behemoth Timbaland.
Rock and hip-hop should not be allowed to mix. Seriously. You can count their effective meldings on the fingers of one foot, and despite the monolithic credentials of Soundgarden top-bloke Cornell and hip-hop knob-twiddler in excelsis Timbaland, ‘Scream’ bellyflops into the same ignominious pool as all the rest. It doesn’t help that ‘Scream’ is inspired by Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ – yeah, we know – but the main beef is that it’s neither rock enough to rock nor hip-hop enough to, well, make your hips hop. There are flickers of funky light on the lush old school soul of ‘Ground Zero’ and the Motown-esque ‘Other Side Of Town’, but for the most part it’s all depressingly castrated. And rock without bollocks, sadly, is just bollocks.
Chris Cornell NME Artist Page
Chris Cornell website
Tame Impala and The Maccabees stand apart from the weed, insects and EDM at the Dutch bash
Los Angeles punk crew hit a sweet spot between hedonism and poignancy on a multi-layered second album
10 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (2/9/2015)
Former Disney star enlists The Flaming Lips and Ariel Pink on a thrillingly weird surprise album