Picks and Pans Review: Chris Cornell

updated 03/16/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/16/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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Is Chris Cornell the new Justin Timberlake? It certainly seems as if he wants to be on his third solo effort, which finds the Soundgarden and Audioslave singer hooking up with Timbaland, JT's trusty producer, who has also worked with everyone from Nelly Furtado to Madonna. His futuristic beats dominate Scream, which sounds much more like a Timbaland album than a Chris Cornell one (even though Cornell wrote all the songs himself). It's a bit jarring to hear one of rock's best voices being neutered for synthetic effect. You can almost hear Cornell fighting to maintain his identity. That sets up an interesting creative tension, which works best on "Long Gone," a trippy, atmospheric ballad. But at times it may just make you want to scream.

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