Alice In Chains – Dirt Reviews


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Alice in Chains were initially tagged with the “grunge” moniker, when in fact their haunting, ponderous sound was far closer to the progressive rock of Queensryche. Their second album, Dirt, is a moody, portentous affair, filled with occasionally inspired riffing from guitarist Jerry Cantrell and hair-tossed wailing from singer Layne Staley. Perhaps the band got lumped in with Generation X because their lyrics focused upon depression, death, and drugs. Certainly (more…)

13 responses to “Alice In Chains – Dirt Reviews”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Alice In Chains pupil album “Dirt”, stands as the band's most popular and most acclaimed album. “Dirt” is next to Nirvana's “Nevermind”, Pearl Jam's “Ten” and Soundgarden's “Badmoterfinger” as an essential album of the grunge era. Much like “Ten” “Badmoterfinger” and “Nevermind”, “Dirt” is an album that many worse bands, ie, Godsmack, borrowed. Even though the Seattle group was categorized as a grunge band, they were also clearly a metal band, although they write a fair amount of acoustic material.
      “Dirt” is one of the most powerful, truly shocking, intense, depressing albums of all time. Some singers are very constructed and on an act, a fake pain or anger (as Gavin Rosdale or Fred Durst). But with “Dirt” when you hear these songs, you hear the pain in the singer Layne Staley's voice. These songs were written by someone who was at the absolute bottom. The themes of the album drug addiction, loss, depression, regret, nihilism, despair, on the so genuine, that this album is a bit difficult to hear. What makes this album particularly sad is the realization that Staley would succumb to his drug addiction.
      Although the nature of this album and its front man is shocking, there is no denying the size of the band and these songs. Layne Staley and guitarist Jerry Cantrell were one of the best, if not best, guitar / vocalist teams from the 90s. The 60s had Jagger / Richards, the'70s had Perry / Tyler, the 80s had Slash / Rose, and the 90s had Staley / Cantrell.
      Staley's voice is eerie, powerful and hauntingly beautiful. It is not so much the dark texts, these songs so much, it's the way it delivers Staley. These songs sound lived in.
      Cantrell plays on this album is simply terrific. Every song has a great, intense riffs, and one or two killer solos. These songs are instantly catchy and memorable. The song combines the muddy and guitar riffs of Black Sabbath, and the beauty and melody of the Beatles. Bassist Mike Starr and drummer Sean Kinney, an exciting and dynamic rhythm section.
      Although there were several singles and radio staples from this album, I think that this album is best appreciated when heard as a whole. There is no filler, and each song is essential for the flow and cohesion of the album. The album begins with “Them Bones”, and the listener is immediately into the hell that is feeling Staley. “Damn that River” is another powerful, no-holds-bar up-tempo song metal. “Rain when I die,” is mid-tempo, but equally intense. “Down In A Hole”, one of the slower songs of the album, sounds like a man who has personal demons to fight in vain, and finally abandoned all hope of ever released. The somewhat unusual “Sickman” has an almost insane feeling. The Soft-word “cock” is an ode to Cantrell's father, and tells the story of embittered his return home from the Vietnam war. “Rooster” is one of the best radio staples from the 1990s. “Junkhead” tells the story of the depths to take the drug users. It shows how everything is irrelevant, once the user-dependent. The muddy title track “Dirt” tells how desperate Staley feels. This is probably one of the bleak songs. “God Smack” (the title of which is the third-rate rip-off) and hard rock is what the band Godsmack could only dream of creating. “Iron Gland” is a song that does not help, the pace and gives the listener a little postponement of the CD very intense. The album comes back and concludes with the mid-tempo “hate to feel,” the infectious “Angry Chair” and the radio staple “Would?”
      Despite the fact that most of these songs are hard-rockers, no sound similar and the album is never monotonous. Each song is carefully and accurately delivered.
      Even though “Dirt” is not the recognition and praise as some of his contemporaries, it is just as inflectional and also built. And although many worse bands trying to copy the Alice In Chains-tone, there was only one Alice In Chains. “Dirt” is a masterpiece and sounds as fresh and invigorating today as in 1992. It is an important album from the early 90s and is a cornerstone for a modern rock collection.

  2. Walta says:

    I do not want to know how often I heard this album, on the way through and then, when it was played again. This was the first I ever heard Alice in Chains (Thanks to my cousin to play “cock” for me) and I immediately buy the album on my list must be returned in early 1994. As a banned MTV from my parents and really no interest in this Album radio sparked my love for music into a virtual inferno! This was the first CD I ever bought, and that alone I love it. But all the songs are a powerful descendants of powerful texts and chillingly talented musicians. Jerry Cantrell playing is surreal and Layne Staley's vocals are startling enough to puncture the safety soul. The first song “Them Bones” is one of my favorites, very introspective. The second, “dam, the river” is an excellent game with words. “Rain when I die” is haunting enough to be repeated. “Down In A Hole” is a sad, self-conscious song that screams for the memorization of texts and relevance, if there is only a little down. “Sickman” took me a while to like (maybe 3 seconds as opposed to the instantaneous response, I had the last 4 songs), but is now a staple of my music listening experience. “Rooster” Well, that's what it all started for me. I do not think I ever tired of hearing this song and I've also done to tell people to close, while the hell until they play on the radio. “Junk Head” is clearly about drug use and to criticize things and people alike without finding the two sides. “Dirt” the song for the album has appointed a really weird sound and it's like a mid-album Spike into a harsher tone. “God Smack” is a song that took me a while to get used to but now I love. The title screams and yells at the tenth track always seemed to me like a short interception on the inhabitants of hell. “Hate To Feel” is a great anti-depressant when you are alone, because it is pretty obvious that Layne Staley has sensed the futility of depression. “Angry Chair” is a dark song, probably with apathy. Last but not least, is the “dignity” is what fans of Alice in Chains ask: “What the hell is this anyway?” Ever since they first broadcast on the radio, but not without latching to him as a fan favorite. Now of course no music album is something worth if they do not entertain, and whether all of the messages from the text or Dirt is definitely not done. An essential album for a child of the 1990s by one of the best bands come on the scene in this decade. One, if not the best band from Seattle. If you select this check box, as their other albums “Facelift” (her first album), “SAP” (very short), “Jar of Flies,” “Alice in Chains” (three-legged dog on the album cover) , and their “Unplugged” album.

  3. Lily says:

    Alice in Chains is sorely missed. They certainly left their mark on the nineties – I really can not think of a better heavy-metal band. This album, dirt, their major artistic statement. And Layne Staley, the lead singer, has more than its share of demons to exorcise. Except Alice in Chains never lapses into pompous, self-absorbed fear as Nine Inch Nails or Smashing Pumpkins. Staley voice perfectly conveys the despair on which he sings, and his grittiness roughness and only serves to improve the feeling. It is said that this album is primarily about Staley's heroin abuse. Verily, some songs – “God smack” and “Junkhead” are obvious are. Others have nothing to do with drugs at all, but still the mood of despair of a hopeless, almost lifeless addict. Despite all that Staley's voice and his tone often resignation has almost a comforting effect – that is one of the best albums by a depression. To be sure, this album has some really rockin 'rocker – “God smack,” “dam, river, etc., but it also has subtlety. A lasting quality pervades many songs, even if it has no place – “Rooster” is an American soldier, on the death of a Vietnamese sniper, completely outgunned, but when the song finished, the listener is a hopeful feeling as if he heard just a survival story. The album ends with the menacing, soul-wrenching “dignity”, which is still the same, almost foolhardy sense of hope. The best moments are “Rain When I Die”, “Down In A Hole,” and the aforementioned “Rooster” and “Would ?”. One last note – it seems that a group of people to lay AIC and call it a “ripoff Godsmack. Allow me to notice you – Alice in Chains were in the early nineties, and dirt was in 1992. They were also good. Godsmack released their first album in 1997, and nothing they have ever even close to Staley, the feeling and passion. Godsmack got their name from the Alice in Chains song, not vice versa. Thank you.

  4. Paisley says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Classic, true music.
    Look at the tiny number of 1 star reviews, and how angry they are. Use your head, with this one. Alice In Chains is classic American music.

  5. Shivani says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Don’t make em like this anymore.
    One of the best rock/metal bands ever. We need more music like this, looking forward to the new AIC.

  6. Huey says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Absolutely astounding
    Like Soundgarden, Alice in Chains were incorrectly labeled with the “grunge” moniker because of where they came from and when they hit.

  7. Sabah says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Party all the time
    When I first heard this I thought it was like an advance release of the new Poison album. Really makes you wanna party hard like Poison.

  8. Jenna says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardly dusty
    I was always a JOF man myself, though it is obvious why Dirt is cited as the great grunger’s finest moment.

  9. Tabor says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    best AIC album by far!!!!
    First off, that Kelsey bitch down below is a retard and knows nothing about music. AIC are not post grunge (they were one of the first grunge bands way back in the 80`s stupid)…

  10. Batu says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A SEASON IN HELL ! (Dirt was one of the very best albums from the Seattle alternative rock revolution of the early 1990s)
    Sometimes… Life is hell.
    I am weary, I die. This is the grave and I am turning into worms, horror of horrors!

  11. Waldo says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    manic depression
    After all the wonderful and happy music of the 80’s, along came the post
    punk army with grunge. A new and wonderful way to surf Seattle, WA.

  12. Wally says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Still a favorite
    Even though “DIRT” was released back in the early ’90s, it still sounds as fresh and current as anything out there today.

  13. Tab says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One of the finest albums
    This album from Alice in Chains is amongst their best along with their strong debut album and ranks amongst the top cd’s of the alternative rock era.highly recommended.

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