Pearl Jam Member On How Chris Cornell ‘Was Processing His Pain And Depression’

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Pearl Jam and Temple of the Dog bassist Jeff Ament discussed the death of Chris Cornell in a new NBA.com podcast interview. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

“The thing that I’ve said for years and year, Jimi Hendrix included, I’ve always said that Chris was the greatest songwriter to ever come out of Seattle. Jimi Hendrix could play the guitar like crazy, but Chris had the song-writing chops that we all sort of hoped to get to at different points in our songwriting careers.

He had a way he could wrap a melody around odd time signatures and weird parts and make them catchy. He was a beautiful wordsmith. If you look at his lyrics, he obviously was processing his pain and depression, and all of those things. I think that’s part of what people, myself included, responded to when he was singing.

With the songwriting he had that voice, there’s not too many people that have that many options with their voice. He could do a lot of different things with it, and have a lot of different characters in that voice. I feel so lucky that I got to be in a project with him, got to hang out with him, and just sort of witness his greatness.”

He later said about Cornell’s death, “It’s brutal.”