Chris Cornell "The Keeper" Review – 5 out of 5 stars
Tue, 13 Sep 2011 07:03:46
Chris Cornell's brand new song, "The Keeper", is just as riveting as Machine Gun Preacher is.
Of course Cornell penned the song with the film's main character, real-life hero Sam Childers [Gerard Butler], in mind, but it still possesses the hallmarks of the iconic singer's sound. He tells a story of struggle and triumph in barely over three minutes, and with his inimitable pipes, he communicates an avalanche of emotions that mirror the protagonist's journey from a hardened, drug-addled outlaw into a savior for oppressed children in Africa.
That emotional heft can be felt in each chord strum as well as the heavenly refrain that Cornell delivers with the same passion that made Badmotorfinger and Superunknown classics. His finger-picked melody nods to Led Zeppelin's "Going to California" in reverent fashion as each note resounds clearly.
The lyrics palpitate with a visceral and vulnerable vibrancy. Cornell sings, "And before I let one more tear hit the ground, I will be the one standing between you and the sound of the rounds echoing out, out of the dark, the smoke and the spark, aimed at the heart of the flame".
It's poetic, powerful, and poignant, especially as the bridge sails off into sensitively psychedelic space. Cornell manages to channel Bob Dylan and Robert Plant all at once in one of the best songs of his own catalog. Download it now on iTunes!
Machine Gun Preacher [Watch Trailer here!] releases in select theaters on September 23. The soundtrack will be available physical and digitally on iTunes September 20th!
Stream "The Keeper" below!
Chris Cornell - The Keeper by chriscornell
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Download the song at iTunes: The Keeper (From the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Machine Gun Preacher) - Single
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