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Chris Cornell: A voice with a glint of tragedy

He used his formidable vocal talents to question rather than exult

Jon Pareles | NYT 

Chris Cornell sang as if he were bearing the weight of the world. Whether he was fronting the ferocious hard rock of Soundgarden or backed simply by an acoustic guitar, his voice — now silenced in a suicide — was spectacular by any reckoning. It was a voice that could sail above the grunge barrage of Soundgarden, with an attack to rival the band’s churning guitars; it was also a voice that gave modest acoustic ballads an existential gravity. At the bottom of its nearly four-octave range, Cornell’s voice was a baritone with endless reserves of breath and the ...

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First Published: Fri, May 19 2017. 21:33 IST