So, what does CHRIS CORNELL’S unheard song sound like?
A swell of warm Hammond organ, a minor chord, and then
that voice slides smoothly over the top – even if one removes it from the tragic circumstances under which it’s being released, it is a wonder that When Bad Does Good has remained unreleased until now. It is, quite simply, classic Chris Cornell singing right into your ear from the very bottom of his heart. As the song rises, it blossoms into an enormous, sweeping rock epic, with shades of David Bowie’s later-period reflective melancholy seeping through the acoustic guitar and Chris’ vocal lines. And speaking of that central feature of all the great man’s songs, his voice wastes no time in revealing itself as the full-bore, dynamic dynamite that made him one of the finest singers of his generation. But it’s the casual ease of it all that gives When Bad Does Good so much of its soul. It sounds loose and free, while showcasing the kind of songwriting nous and effortlessly stunning vocal talent that are simply a cut above the competition. All of which, as a reflection on Chris Cornell, is quite apt.