This album is awesome. It is one of a kind and has a very bold and confident style, especially for being Jerry’s first on his own. Many of the songs focus on relationships and I’ve found are easy to relate to. I especially like “Breaks My Back”. The song initially was too trippy for me and I didn’t care for it, but once I sat and found the pain and sadness that was coated throughout the lyrics I fell in love with song. “Settling Down” and “Between” are also quality songs outside of the obviously popular songs “Cut You In” and “My Song” which most everyone has heard. As a whole the CD isn’t one that you can sit down and instantly love if you’ve never heard it offhand before. It takes a couple times of concentrated listening to start appreciating it, and then you’ll love the whole album and won’t be able to stop listening to it. Definate recommendation!!!!
No Description Available.Genre: Popular MusicMedia Format: Compact DiskRating: PARelease Date: 30-JUN-1998This debut by the L.A.-based quartet is a hybrid of explosive rap-metal, politically incendiary lyrics, and wide-ranging cultural influences. The members are of Armenian descent, but their diverse stylistic background transcends easy cultural labeling. Singer Serj Tankian’s throaty roar competes with any mosh-pit rocker around, but his real trademark is his emotional wail and refreshingly melodic singing, especially on songs such as ”Spiders” and the condemnatory ”P.L.U.C.K.” Guitarist Daron Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian, and drummer John Dolmayan lock in tight on the capricious arrangements of ”Know,” ”Ddevil,” and ”CUBErt.” Their musical diversity runs wonderfully wild on ”Sugar” and ”Suggestions” with dizzying shifts of style and intensity. The tracks ”Peephole” and ”War?” reveal the band at perhaps its eclectic best, with vaguely Eastern European-sounding guitar riffs, passionate battle cries, and samples provided by legendary hip-hop producer Rick Rubin. –Mark McCleerey
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Jerry Cantrell never ceases to amaze me with his wondefully beautiful structured songs. Yes, he is and was the mastermind be AIC, and it shows on this solo album. He really knows how to write enchanting music and lyrics. There are several amazing songs, Cold Piece being my favorite of the bunch. Other key tracks: Settling Down, Between, Keep the Light On, Cut You In, Breaks my Back, and Dickeye. An amazing cd by an excellent guitar player. Also, be sure to check out his Degradation Vol. 1 and 2…
When I first bought Boggy Depot, I didn’t like it because I was expecting Alice in Chains. I didn’t listen to it for a while, then one day I decided to sit down and give it another chance. I listened to the album quite a few times, listening to different instruments each time. I especially like the songs “Jesushands”, “Settling Down” and “Keeps the Light on”. The vocal effects on “Breaks my Back” were interesting, and the more I listened into the layers of guitars and vocals, the more I appreciated this album. It goes without saying that the drummer is good (Sean Kinney) and the bass playing on the album is also excellent. I find the way Cantrell constructs a song to be as interesting as Kate Bush or Pink Floyd, and the record should not sound like AiC, because it is not AiC (which is my favorite band of the 90’s). It’s a Cantrell record. Cantrell has alot of talent as a songwriter and musician. I hope he makes another record.
Jerry Cantrell, while not recording for Alice In Chains(wouldnt again for another year being the last time the band got together) explored his own personal musical talent and recorded Boggy Depot. So many people listen to this CD expecting an Alice in chains replica, Jerry Cantrell is not and does not intend to sound like AIC. Did Mad Season sound like Alice In Chains? of course not, then why would or should this? Repetition in bands or artists is the death of them. Boggy Depot is drastically different from Alice In Chains, but is still a phenominal album. Jerry Cantrell expresses his talent and musical interests so wonderfully and powerfully on this record it succeeds on multiple levels. Even Though this is not an Alice In Chains replica, most AIC fans should buy this, it really shows jerry cantrell in ways alice in chains records couldnt. overall a great cd. Highly reccomended.
Jerry Cantrell released his solo album around the same time Scott Weiland released his (see 12 Bar Blues). Though both albums were fairly well received by the press, the public seemed to pass over each one like a ship sailing through a cold dark night. It’s a shame, too. Weiland focused on off-center creativity, while Cantrell did what he does best: straight ahead rock and roll with personal lyrics.
“Boggy Depot” is easily as potent as any Alice in Chains release. This is a full album by a hugely talented songwriter, who possesses a strong and fluent voice. Cantrell seemed to be the heart and soul of Alice in Chains, and this CD hearkens back to an era of quality music that came from Seattle.
The album begins with a fuzzy in-your-face riff right away on “Dickeye,” and never looks back. Lyrically, Cantrell does do plently of looking back. Nevertheless, “Boggy Depot” is looser and less grinding than Alice in Chains, actually a breath of fresh Seattle air. “My Song,” with its vibrating guitars and excellent bridge at the chorus, got some well-deserved radio airplay at the time of the album’s release. Truthfully, though, this CD had a slew of potential radio hits, practically every song. “My Song” also displays a sense of independence in the lyrics that seems to be the order of the day for Cantrell. Other songs of personal reformation include “Settling Down,” a slower ditty with intentions of living a different and improved lifestyle.
One of my personal favorites is “Break My Back,” a kind of lost-in-love song, Cantrell-style. The song features warped vocals that eventually break free for a few lines, before hiding in darkness again. It’s the epitome of quiet introspection and sensitivity, and a little haunting to boot. Haunting is actually a key word to describe many of these songs, although the great riffage and tunefulness throughout make that dark vibe acceptable, even homey and pleasant.
“Keep the Light On” is another gem, a perfect balance between hard, raunchy guitars and a sparkling bridge at the chorus that is tender and beautiful amid the crunchy guitars that precede it; that particular section of the song is reminiscent of a Soundgarden tune called “Switch Opens.” “Between” is another great track, simultaneously bleak and fun; it’s a country tune disguised as down-home rock and roll. The eight-minute-plus “Cold Piece” gets back to Cantrell-style AIC, and it’s one of the best tracks on the CD. It contains despair mixed with hope, and “Boggy Depot” ends with a bold signature imprint of poignant piano and rough guitar riffage, as well as other surprising instruments.
Unlike Scott Weiland, Jerry Cantrell doesen’t necessarily need to be in a surrounding band with others writing. He can do it on his own.