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.