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Jar of Flies EP

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 25 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000029F8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record  |  CD-ROM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 153 customer reviews
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1. Rotten Apple
2. Nutshell
3. I Stay Away
4. No Excuses
5. Whale and Wasp
6. Don't Follow
7. Swing On This

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While not their most definitive album (that honor belongs to 1992's Dirt), Jar of Flies represents an important step in Alice in Chains' recording career. Witness "I Stay Away," which is made up of equal portions of hummable guitar riffs and the spookier, scarier, more grinding elements that most fans associate with Alice in Chains. This song most clearly delineates the dichotomy that was a highlight of the band's sound--Jerry Cantrell's listenable tunes and often gorgeous arrangements (just listen to what he does with "Whale & Wasp"!) and Layne Staley's growling vocals, which are just the teeniest bit flat. The collection as a whole, brief as it is, has an elegance that's unusual for metal. --Genevieve Williams

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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Jan. 12 2011
Format: Audio CD
Alice in Chains for a while were in the habit of releasing an EP before each studio album. This ended after Layne's death, but these two EPs -- 1992's Sap and 1994's Jar of Flies -- represent some of the best work of this pioneering band. Acoustic in nature, these two recordings are crucial to rock fans who need to know more about one of the best bands of the 90's.

I snagged a European import of this set many years ago for less than the price of either of the two EP's separately which was a great score. Although Jar of Flies is the first disc in the set, I will review Sap first as that's what came out first.

Sap, which began as demos for what would become Dirt, is very low key. The opening track "Brother" is sung by Jerry Cantrell with Anne Wilson of Heart on the choruses. Very powerful understated song. Both "Brother" and the next song, "Got Me Wrong" (another standout) were released live on this band's unplugged CD. These songs are followed by "Right Turn" by Alice Mudgarden -- essentiall Alice In Chains with Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Mark Arm of Mudhoney on guest vocals. It is a great contrast: Cornell screaming at the top of his lungs, and Arm down low. Great song. Layne Staley's "Am I Inside" follows, another understated and mellow slow-burner. Everything goes to hell with the final song, the unlisted "Love Song". The band switched instruments for this chaotic joke song, with Sean Kinney on lead vocals. Hilarious track but it must have taken people by surprise.

Jar of Flies was written and recorded spontaneously in a week. When I first heard it I felt like some of these songs were under-written, that they could have used more work. As you listen to it more, it feels more and more complete.
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now i'd like to say right off the bat that if you like AIC's heaverier side, most likely you'll find this album to be no more than mediocre at best. as I can say for myself, i used to have that opinion of AIC, until i listened to the entire album. these songs aren't loud by any means but if you have a nack for great music, if you listen, their beauty will strike you.

most of the songs on this album aren't my cup of tea, too slow for me or too quiet, but...i do understand that they are works of art and respect them...kinda like noone listens to classical but has a profound respect for it. saying that, i should then say that the songs that i listen to least on this album (not that i dislike them) are whale and whasp and don't follow...although whale and whasp has some phenomenal guitar play and don't follow, just past halfway through I believe shows Layne's ability as far as range is concerned. I'd have to say that my favorite song on this album is nutshell.. the lyrics are sorrowful and perfect and it has a sleepy-groovy guitar riff that runs through your body.
i can't really say that this album is better or worse than other AIC works because it is somewhat aside from their rest.
One last thing I would like to say, I sure hope that the world realizes all of the generic bands that are out there. Seriously there are like a ton of punk bands that have the same exact sound as the one before it as well as the overexausted rap beats that require no talent, just a computer handy. I would like to note that anyone thinking that i hate black people by saying i hate rap, would be wrong. I enjoy blues, which anyone who knows music knows that almost all of todays music originated from the blues era.
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Alice in Chains. Even mentioning the name in the presence of a random sampling of individuals will result in maybe HALF as many responses as there are sounds and textures on Jar of Flies. Alice in Chains have secured their position in the pantheon of rock and roll by crafting memorable songs out of talent, emotion, and just a pinch of elusiveness. Polarized as people's thoughts on the band are (most people either love 'em or hate 'em), the pure refusal by the band to be categorized is what keeps bringing many listeners back for more. From the early 'Facelift' that was labeled Heavy Metal, until the moniker "Grunge" was crafted by the rock writers of the day, and applied to the next effort, 'Dirt.' 'Jar of Flies' takes the quartet in a new direction entirely - jazzy/fusion/country/rock/metal. Sound impossible? I would have thought so too, before many years of prolonged listens to this album.
At seven songs, most differing greatly from the one before or after it, the listener is taken on an interesting ride, that ends before the journey becomes too exhausting. "Rotten Apple" and "Nutshell" have the listener that might be expecting "them Bones" scratching their heads, saying "what happened to the Dirt album?" Once the inital curiosity wears off however, Cantrell's masterfully textured and layered guitars set a steady, and level platform for the distinct voice of the late Layne Staley. The bass and percussion carry this album however. The fusion of the two, keeping a consistently 'on the toes' feeling, yet never off balance.
"I stay away" and "No excuses" begin to sound a bit more like the Alice in Chains that people know and love, but with a sligtly more matured outlook on their craft.
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