I'm sick of people attacking Cornell for highly superficial problems which they perceive as problems with his solo work. Yes Soundgarden were fantastic, yes Audioslave were great, and yes this isn't either of those bands. Get over it. If you badmouth this fact, what are you saying? That your musical horizons are so narrow that you can't handle an artist as varied as Cornell?
Shame, because this album suggests that Cornell should be considered nothing less than an astonishing songwriter. His melodies and harmonies are blissful, his sense of structure and phrasing are impeccable. Listen to Safe and Scar On The Sky and then try and deny that to me. The rockier songs here (No Such Thing, Poison Eye, Your Soul Today) are equally brilliant.
Four stars only because Cornell's immense talent does unfortunately get spread a little thinly at times across the album's 15 song girth - snip a few tracks and this would be perfect.
Best songs: Safe and Sound, Scar on the Sky, Your Soul Today