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Do You Like It When Musicians Take Creative Risks?

At first this sounds like a crazy question because — duh! — creative types should take risks if they're worth their salt, but sometimes when it comes to our favorite musicians it's not so clear cut. Chris Cornell is a good example of someone who recently took a huge risk by departing from his rock 'n' roll roots to collaborate with hip-hop producer Timbaland on his newest album.

The album is getting panned critically, and Cornell's fans are not happy with this foray into new territory. His response is to wonder whether they wish he'd just churn out the same, solid stuff over and over again. He states:

If someone is up in arms about the idea of an artist that they really care about doing something that they just can't believe, it begs that question, "Well, what is it that you would want? Would you then want predictable, comfortable salad that gets reproduced year after year?"

Good question! So what do you think? Do you want your favorite musicians to take risks, or do you think they should stick to what they know and give fans what they want and expect?


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emalove emalove 8 years
Absolutely. And I LOVE Chris Cornell--he has the most amazing voice.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i respect the art of it all so if that means that they take more risks then i'm all for it.
sourcherry sourcherry 8 years
I was gonna say it depends on the artist, but then I chose no. Dramatic changes usually have tragic results... Chris Donnel is a perfect example, imo. You can reinventate yourself without going into a completely different genre... it just seems desperate to me.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 8 years
I like the Soundgarden/Audioslave stuff and the new stuff too... I'm glad he took a risk. I like it.
ayanaphil ayanaphil 8 years
This is a nice sounding album.
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
It depends on the singer. I love Chris Cornell but I haven't had a chance to listen to his new stuff. He is an AMAZING singer. I can't imagine how bad this album must be..
Pistil Pistil 8 years
I do. The results aren't always to my taste, but there's nothing saying I have to listen to it.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
People have been b*tchign about Chris and his new music but I think it's super cool that he tried something different. People can never be satisfied.
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
it, of course, depends on the musician - if someone talented like Chris Cornell or Jack White does it, it usually works. however, the majority of working artists today are stupid, talentless sell-outs who care only about the money, and therefore often take really bad risks...
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
Depends. If it's someone overly popish like Britney Spears, it can come off as gimmicky or desperate for spotlight attention. However, if it's someone like Chris Cornell, it could work as he is a serious musician.
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