A mournful Chris Cornell prepares for death by hanging in the video for “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart.” Jessie Hill’s stylish, twist-filled love tale is set in the Wild West, following the rock veteran from his jail cell to the gallows, as he belts heartbroken lyrics over bluesy mandolins and a psychedelic guitar solo.
“Nearly Forgot” is Cornell’s lead single from his fourth solo album, Higher Truth, out September 18th. The stripped-down LP – which follows 2009’s Scream and his 2012 reunion album with Soundgarden King Animal – finds Cornell reuniting with Brendan O’Brien, producer of Soundgarden’s Superunknown and Audioslave’s Revelations.
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“I wanted the album to be intimate and small, and so I didn’t want to hire a band,” Cornell told Rolling Stone. “I also know how Brendan works. He’s very focused and very quick and he always makes the right choices. Some of it was a leap of faith for me, but everything I wanted to get out of our relationship I got and none of the fears I had came to fruition at all. I feel like I got pretty lucky.”
Cornell will kick off a solo acoustic tour September 18th at San Diego’s Balboa Theatre, with dates scheduled through early November. On-sale information is available at his official site, and the singer will donate $1 from every ticket purchase to the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, benefiting “the most vulnerable children facing problems such as homelessness, poverty, abuse or neglect.”