Chris Cornell could sing the phone book and I would line up to listen to it. The man has that something in his voice, where you know he has lived a life, a life full of passion, pain and everything else. Johnny Cash was another such voice. You listen to them and you know they have felt everything.
What Cornell did to Michal Jackson’s mega pop hit off the ‘Thriller’ album is beautiful. Cornell’s version on his 2007 ‘Carry On’ record is good, but his live acoustic version is close to perfection. He stripped away all of the pop elements and darkened the mood of the entire piece. He gave an already well written song a deeper form and a deeper substance. He wills you to believe every word he sings. It goes near the top of, if not thee top of, the list of best cover songs of all time. I love it.