Whoa! After a listen or two through this little diamond in the rough, it is not hard to fathom why Alice in Chains etched such a tangible place for themselves in the rock industry. While this is clearly not their best work, it shows a great deal of promise for what would their sound would become on later albums. While listening to gems like “Man in the Box”, “We Die Young”, “Sea of Sorrow” and “It Ain’t Like That” you catch a glimpse at the band that would one day cultivate enormous songs like “Them Bones”, “Dam the River”, “Grind”, “Heaven Beside You”, “No Excuses” “Down in a Hole” “Got Me Wrong” and numerous others. For a debut album from a then obscure, little known band from Seattle way back in 1990, this album is worth its weight in gold if not as a testament to what the band would one day become but rather as a testament as to the kind of wallop the band packed from day one. If you’re a fan of music, this highly influential band and album should be in your collection.