Chris Cornell’s new Timbaland-produced album, “Scream,” will arrive in November via Suretone/Interscope.
The first fruit of the collaboration, “Long Gone,” can be sampled on Cornell’s MySpace page. A second track, “Ground Zero,” hits digital retail on Sept. 9, while an excerpt of a third, “Watch Out,” is streaming on MySpace.
As to be expected with Timbaland behind the boards, these songs move Cornell in a much more R&B-oriented direction, with busy drum machine beats, buffed-up chorus vocals and string samples filling the nooks and crannies.
Indeed, this material sounds more like Gnarls Barkley than any of the guitar-driven music of Cornell’s past with Soundgarden and Audioslave. “Long Gone” has already been premiered live on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.”
“Scream” is the follow-up to 2007’s “Carry On,” which has sold 121,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Having just wrapped a stint on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution tour, Cornell will perform tomorrow (Sept. 5) in New York as part of the annual Fashion Rocks concert.