Dirt (studio album) by Alice In Chains
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One of the grunge's greatest acheivements and definitely conceptually the most ambitious. Instrumentals are heavy with haunting atmosphere and massive riffs, which work excellently with lyrics giving emotional, insightful look into mind of a person struggling with drug addiction and depression that are boosting each other. Listening to tracks like Rain When I Die, Angry Chair or Down In A Hole (all amongst my favorites here) can be a truly devastating experience.
I find myself repeating the same pattern whenever I revisit this album as I really get into the first 6 tracks and then there is this run of just nothing tracks that don't captivate me which is only ended by the final song which is great. This long stretch of poor and filler cuts completely takes me out of the album. Those songs could be removed and I would argue the record would be far superior. Other than this run, the music is fantastic with songs like Rooster, Them Bones, Down In A Hole and Would? being amongst their strongest ever songs. The instrumentals on these tracks are brilliant as well and demonstrate the group at their peak as all members are demonstrating their quality. Overall, this is a frustrating listen for me as it is inconsistent but I love revisiting this album for that strong run at the start and that sensational closing song.
I thought this album was pretty great 30 years ago when I was 15. At present, I find it has aged extremely well.
Layne’s voice, whether by itself or in harmony with Cantrell, is legendary. The rhythm section gives a master class on how to play bass and drums in absolute lockstep.
The problem is that the songs are so personal and so dark that you feel a bit guilty for participating in an early prophetic statement on Layne’s eventual demise. I get that this album was gritty and honest, but the man needed treatment far more than he needed a gold record.
Album of the year -1992
Seriously, one of the classic grunge albums. Better than Smashing Pumpkins.
Very dark subject matter, but so good. Rooster is my incredible. I also love Down In a Hole, Would, Them Bones and Rain When I Die. Staley's voice fits so perfectly with the grungy guitar sound.
I've always had mixed feelings about this album. Almost every track individually is a fantastically crafted song. However, I find when listening to the album as a whole, it's got such a constant somber tone throughout the whole thing I don't enjoy it as much as I should given the caliber of songs. Pick any 2 or 3 songs for a listen at a time...great. Whole album...not so much.
The definition of a musical masterpiece.
I never get tired of hearing this album or this band.
Que peso e quanta profundidade!
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