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Chris Cornell, such an immediately identifiable singer, has been at the forefront of so many great songs. I personally think back to 1989 when I first got my hands on a full promotional cassette of Soundgarden’s LOUDER THAN LOVE and could not believe what I was hearing – the power and rawness of the music . . . . and that voice, that distinctive, screaming, yet somehow melodic voice. So many musical highlights captured in his work with Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave. Honestly though, my favorite Cornell moment came a couple years ago when he took Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U”, stripped it down and made it all his own with this incredible performance. R.I.P. to one of Rock’s Greatest Vocalists.

“Song For Someone” – U2 (2015)

Posted: March 1, 2017 in 2015
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American music producer Rick Rubin has never produced a U2 record but he did have a major influence on their last album SONGS OF INNOCENCE. When working with the band a few years back on some unreleased tracks, Rubin declared to Bono that U2 uses their skill at sculpting their unique soundscapes “to disguise the fact that you don’t have a song.” He challenged them to write more traditionally structured songs that would work stripped down with just voice and piano or guitar. Bono admits “Someone like Adele makes better records than everyone else because her songs are better, and I’m embarrassed next to someone like Carole King, unless I can come up with something that’s as raw as some of her great songs.” The positive result of Rubin’s harsh critique and return back to ‘songwriting school’ for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band is perfectly captured in “Some For Someone”.