Though I haven't heard the album (shit, I didn't even know it was coming out), this is a nicely written review. Being a child of the 90's, I loved Euphoria Morning, but I couldn't get into Carry On at all. I'll have to check this out soon.
Totally agree. This whole thing just feels awkward as if both of them are pitted against each other rather than working with each other. It almost appears as if Cornell is trying to come off as a new young gun but he can't escape the fact that he's 40+ and trying to make CHR/Pop friendly music. Of course, if it was EXECUTED well, this would be more enjoyable.
That being said, at least this experiment was interesting (even though it falls flat most of the time). Carry On was just such a M.O.R bore.