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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, titles such as "Down in a Hole," "Junkhead," and "Hate to Feel" didn't leave much room for doubt as to Cantrell's perspective. The quartet did have a slightly lighter, almost poppy side to them, though, as "God Smack" and "Hate to Feel" indicate. Ultimately, Dirt is classic angst rock. --Everett True
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Now for the tunes. Carefully crafted into three sections this tortorous album goes from really bad, to even worse, and then to a state of pseudo-positivity. The opener "Them Bones" relentlessly crushes the skull of any unprepared listener and then quickly shifts into an even higher gear of underappreciation with "Dam That River." The third track "Rain When I Die" emphasizes how truly alone we all are with lyrics like "Is she ready to know my frustration/Slowly fogging my lights/Slow castration." By now my therapy session turns to a complete nightmare as "Sickman" utters a woeful tale of dissillusionment and unforgiven behavior, only to be followed by the Vietnam epic of "Rooster." The next four tracks mark the second part of this intoxicating contorted behemoth. Full blown addiction to chaos (or in Layne Staley's case heroin) pushes a normal person to near suicidal thoughts in these warped accounts of dangerous living and numbs the mind of all trivial distractions that life has to offer (i.e. love, happiness, or understanding).Read more ›
P.S. for all of you 3rd person shooter or war video games fanatics, the best song to play to is Rooster.
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In regards to the songs themselves, this is easily one of the strongest albums of the early '90s. There is not a weak track to be found, even "Iron Gland" has it's charm. This is a body of work where every song counts, and every song has it's own quirk or haunting hook to it. Easily the most haunting number on the set is "Rooster". Possibly the most disorienting, and the creepiest track on the album, it is ironically the survival story of a man in the Vietnam War. The idea that fighting to overcome personal demons is more frightening than continuing on the downard spiral, makes a massive statement on the depth of the album's themes and lyrics.
There is much to be discovered in this masterpiece. It may take time to dig through the dirt and find the treasures on this album, but it is worth the effort. It's one of those albums that can only get better over time.
"Facelift", AIC's debut album, was raw, tortured, and heartfelt. "Alice In Chains", AIC's final and best album was dark, grinding, creepy, had more refined guitarwork, and was just as suicidal as every other AIC album, only heavier.
"Dirt" was the turning point. Cleans up the sound of "Facelift", but doesn't quite employ as many muffling voice effects as "Alice In Chains". Jerry Cantrell's tortured, demonic lyrics fit perfectly with Layne Staley's also tortured vocals. Staley's sound is moody, depressed, hostile, heartfelt, demonic...quite simply one of the best voices to ever come out of a human being.
"Dirt" is full of metal riffs, but also softer riffs, much in the style of say...Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, and many other greats.
But, most importantly, "Dirt" is a dark passage through the depressed catacombs of both Cantrell's and Staley's inner mental workings. It contains many suicidal lyrics such as "I want to taste dirty stinging pistol in my mouth, on my tongue, I want you to scrape me off the walls," many deprived, challenged, and all around amazing lyrics. The music eases these into utter perfection.
This is an album to listen to if you're feeling depressed. When I am depressed, "Dirt" often gives me something to believe in, something to live for.
I love Alice In Chains.
Most recent customer reviews
This is a fantastic record from start to finish. The vocal harmonies of Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell are a perfect fit. Love it.Published on May 11 2013 by Sarah Jayne
I saw a review under Nirvana's Unplugged In NY album titled 'the lost potential' hence the fact Cobain committed suicide. Allow me to say that perosn is a total DUMBASS. Read morePublished on May 21 2005
You have to think it's a crime that Alice In Chains could be this underrated after listening to "Dirt. Read morePublished on May 21 2005
"Dirt" by Alice In Chains released in 1992
57 music of the best metal music ever recorded in the 90's
Very consistent in all areas (guitars,... Read more
I am a big AIC fan I got into them around the time when Layne died [RIP]
I bought this album after hearing them bones on ATV off road fury. Read more
Alice Chains is easily the best grunge band from Seattle and "Dirt" is one of the most UNDERRATED albums in the history of music. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2005 by no1metalfan
dirt was one of the best alternative rock albums from this great band from seattle and was one of the most succesful grunge albums ever along with ten by pj and superunknown by... Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by sanjay verma99