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Dirt Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 29 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000028M7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record  |  Mini-Disc
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 258 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,257 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Them Bones
2. Dam That River
3. Rain When I Die
4. Down In A Hole
5. Sickman
6. Rooster
7. Junkhead
8. Dirt
9. God Smack
10. Intro (Dream Sequence)
11. Hate To Feel
12. Angry Chair
13. Would?

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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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By A Customer on April 2 1999
Format: Audio CD
Ever feel dead-pan depressed, terminally lethargic, or slowly drowning in your own bloated apathy? If so I recommend AIC's filthy, gritty, soured masterpiece aptly titled "Dirt." This foray into heroin addiction, self-doubt, and utter societal confusion pillages the soul of all feeling but leaves the listener with a calming empathetic sense of sanguine expectation. This toxic fermentation makes the lowest of low understand the leprous fallacies of life, which slowly nibble away at the very tender fabric of an individual's spirit.
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).
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By A Customer on April 28 2006
Format: Audio CD
Alice In Chains were one of the most revolutionary bands of the 90s and Dirt is the reason why. The best songs on the album are some of the best ever recorded during the Grunge/Metal heyday. "Would?", "Rooster", "Them Bones" and "Down In A Hole" are some of the heaviest songs ever recorded. Now I don't mean scream you're ass off, mega fast guitars, fast drums kind of heavy. I mean bleak vocals, heavy distorted guitars, heavy rhythym section, perfect heavy metal harmonies kind of heavy. Such a shame an unbelivable talent like Layne Staley didn't stay alive long enough too make more music with an amazing guitarist/singer/songwriter like Jerry Cantrell. This is an amazing album and a what real music was and should be not like cheesy rip-offs of the grunge genre like Godsmack, Nickleback and other such acts of crap.
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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By JG on March 27 2006
Format: Audio CD
Following their debut album "Facelift", Alice In Chains came back with an unforgiving, brutally honest, and haunting album, named "Dirt". As has been stated by other reviewers, this is quite possibly the darkest album to be released, and if not, it ranks high on the list. It's also one of those rare occurances where you can in fact "judge a book by it's cover", when looking at the cover of the album, you can pretty much figure out what's in store for you when listening to it. Don't take that statement the wrong way, this is far from an easy, or predictable listen. It's the kind of album that will on first listen leave you disoriented, and haunted by the overall theme and mood of it, and then on every subsequent listen, have you appreciating it more and more.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
This is the definitive AIC album. The best grunge band, nearly in a tie with the mindblowing Pearl Jam, but certainly better than the great Nirvana.
"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.
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