Chris Cornell, "You Never Knew My Mind"
The first previously unreleased recording from Chris Cornell to emerge since his death in May 2017 is every bit as haunting as could be expected – if not more so. "You Never Knew My Mind" sees the late Soundgarden singer put a pair of old Johnny Cash poems to music for the Forever Words compilation, and Cornell definitely channels the world-wearied austerity of the Man in Black's American Recordings. The musical accompaniment gradually builds to a crackle of drums and feedback, but the beating heart of the performance is Cornell's voice – wounded and soaring, triumphant and tragic. J.G.