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Chris Cornell Talks Soundgarden’s Comeback Album, Decries 1997 Breakup

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Singer Chris Cornell reports that Soundgarden are “mostly done” recording their big comeback album, which is now expected to drop next spring. He adds that Soundgarden “haven’t missed a beat” with the as-yet-untitled disc.

“It’s very warm to me and adventurous like all our albums were,” Cornell tells Rolling Stone in a video interview (watch the whole thing below). “It doesn’t sound like a throwback to any previous period and we’re definitely approaching songs in different ways than we’ve done … but we always did that from album to album so it feels like the genuine next step to me. It doesn’t feel nostalgic, it feels forward.”

He also talks about the band’s 1997 split, insisting Soundgarden probably never should have broken up in the first place. “I feel like Soundgarden can continue … and probably should have always had the attitude of being a formed functioning band that just needed a break. With Soundgarden my feeling always was that as long as it was a unanimous decision and everyone was really into it that it was always possible that we could get back together.”

Soundgarden reunited last year for an arena tour and after it went well, decided to return to the studio. The new disc will be the band’s first post-comeback album and first album of all new material since 1996’s ‘Down on the Upside.’

Watch Chris Cornell Talk About Soundgarden’s Comeback Album

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