February 22, 2011 by esarsea
Due to the absolutely underwhelming response to last week’s Turn It Up Tuesday, I decided to post something with a little more edge and attitude to it.
Alice In Chains is most commonly (and unfairly) associated with Grunge music. Although Alice in Chains is a Seattle band that rose to fame during the grunge era, their music was and is much more sophisticated than that of their counterparts Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Outstanding vocal harmonies, intricate and tremendously emotive guitar work, varying time signatures and the ability to communicate palpable, visceral emotion set Alice in Chains apart from the pack.
The following clips are all from Alice In Chains’ 1992 release Dirt, which is an absolute bone-crusher of an album. This from Wiki: “…the album was a critical success, with Steve Huey of Allmusic praising the album as a, “Major artistic statement, and the closest they ever came to recording a flat-out masterpiece”. Chris Gill of Guitar World called Dirt, “Huge and foreboding, yet eerie and intimate”, and “sublimely dark and brutally honest.”
6 of the 12 songs on the album deal with addiction. Sadly, it would be that addiction that would claim the life of lead singer Layne Staley in 2002.
Our very own Bill Lines worked with Alice in Chains during a video shoot several years ago. Perhaps he will share some of his memories here.
Turn it up!