|1. Them Bones|
|2. Dam That River|
|3. Rain When I Die|
|4. Down In A Hole|
|9. God Smack|
|10. Intro (Dream Sequence)|
|11. Hate To Feel|
|12. Angry Chair|
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.
A perfect mix between Nirvana's punk, Soundgarden's metal, Peal Jam's classic rock style, however it is very VERY unique with one hell of a distorted guitar from Cantrell, one hell of a rhythm section, and one hell of a singer in Layne Staley.