This album, known by some as Tripod, is another AIC masterpiece. However, many were turned off by this album because it didn't sound exactly like "Dirt". Now, to be honest. I hated the grunge era. I hate Nirvana, Pearl jam, and so on. AIC has many, many qualities that those bands lack, like processed bands of today (Nickleback, Creed, Godsmack, all of whom SUCK).
Anyway, Layne's vocals, though tuned down, are much more haunting and traumatized here. I think he knew time was running short. Some say too many songs on here are too long. Well, if I want 2 minutes pieces of crap, I'd go buy Blink-182, now wouldn't I? "Heaven Beside You" is beautiful. "Brush Away" is eerie, just like it's big brother "Sludge Factory". "Head Creeps" is truly cool, as is "Shame in You". The most hated on and underappreciated song here is "Frogs", which is such a good song, it's sad.
There isn't one song on this cd I don't love with all my heart. Forget the naysayers and buy this. If you want something that sounds like 1992's "Dirt", then why not just buy that one?
This is without a doubt the darkest album Alice in Chains ever put out. Enjoy it. I certainly do.
Rest in peace, Layne...you are missed ENDLESSLY. All our love to you and your family.