The American singer, who fronted Soundgarden and Audioslave, claimed producer Timbaland had brought psychedelic elements to his music.
"Tim lent a lot to what I describe as sort of the psychedelic aspect of this album," he told Music Radar.
"Kind of a Pink Floyd on Dark Side Of The Moon or almost like a Queen Night At The Opera-type of feel to me."
He continued: "That's something I never would have predicted. You know, I would have felt like I would be the one that would try to go into the album-oriented rock world, and really it was Tim's influence on this album that pushed it more in that direction."
Cornell will release his Scream LP in the autumn.