February 02, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST
We gave it a B+

In rock history, heavy metal arose out of psychedelia. In Chris Cornell’s history, it worked the other way. During his early years fronting Soundgarden, Cornell refurbished Zeppelin and Sabbath riffs for the ’90s. Now, for his solo debut, he delves back into ’60s psychedelic melodies and acoustic ditties, to moving effect. Fans will hear much of the punch and yowl they yearn for — only with more refined melodies and Cornell’s character finally clarified. B+

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