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Jar Of Flies [EP]

Alice in Chains Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Description is wrong. Feb. 15 2012
By Riley
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
The description says double "colored" vinyl LP pressing. I received black records. Didn't matter to me because I just wanted the vinyl. Just make a note if you are wanting to get the colored vinyl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars finally, a six-star! album - Out of 5 Stars! Sept. 20 2011
Format:Audio CD
two words - buy it.
but this has to be at least twenty words long i think i just passed that!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Experiments 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This album is a must have if you're a true Chains fan.The transition from the heavy and grinding albums like Facelift and Dirt to the melodic sounds of Jar of Flies and Sap is really exceptional,most bands don't have the versatility to do what they have let alone to do it so well.Alice in Chains has my vote for artists of the nineties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A shame to see them go July 2 2004
By kevan
Format:Audio CD
Alice in chains was one amazing band. personally, i think they had the potential to be another legendary band like a zeppelin. they just had so many different sounds that it will amaze you! i think every rock fan should have all their albums. jar of flies is awesome too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An important album April 24 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Rotten Apple- This is an awesome song, the way Staley sings in this song takes a few listens to get used to but hey, the main riff is bumbling, and the wah intro is very catchy.
Nutshell- Very good song not as good as Rotten Apple, kinda boring but it's fun to sing to.
I Stay Away- Best song on the album, written by both Inez and Cantrell, the very is very pretty, the chours adds a crazy touvh to the song, I love the voilins.
No Excuses- the same as Nutshell, the drums are very fun to listen to.
Whale & Wasp- Although there is no singing, it captures the AIC feel, one of my favorites to play along with.
Don't Follow- Another favorite, it's fun to play and sing with, very pretty, the chorus is catchy and bluesy.
Swing on This- Very bluesy, the bass and drums follow right along with the guitar, the chorus is the best part, and the solo at the end is easy to geoove to.
It's amazing how they wrote one of their best albums in just seven days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing - Off the CHAIN!! March 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is ridiculously amazing, just as is Dirt. Man oh man, it doesn't get much better than Alice in Chains, which in my opinion is the best grunge band of the early 90's (although all of them were stellar!) Fluffdiggity, you have some amazing taste in music... almost identical to mine. Although I would have to replace Nirvana with Tool for the best band of all time, but Nirvana is also freaking amazing.
I suggest any rock fan to get this album for Nutshell, Don't Follow, Whale & Wasp... well, pretty much every song on the album, but those in particular.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a quieter but equally beautiful side of AIC March 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Quirk that makes you Smirk
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... Read more
Published on March 9 2004 by William H Wheeler Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exuisite
This is a great album, although very short, but its still of very high quality.
Rotten Apple: Good opener, starts off with a real good bass line. Read more
Published on March 5 2004 by The Omega Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Why can't we have more?
A truly emotional EP. My only qualm is that I wish it were longer than an EP...
Every song is gut-wrenching, along with being produced perfectly. Read more
Published on March 1 2004 by Pat Rock
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical genius in a jar.
Alice in Chains was a band that could succeed at whatever it wanted to do. If it wanted to make a deafeningly awesome metal record (Facelift, Dirt), so be it. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2004 by JohnnyDoolittle
5.0 out of 5 stars An Album for a bad day
Alice In Chains "Jar Of Flies" is my favorite AIC album ever, the reason why it's one of my favorites is that it's depressing *jus like all other AIC'S music* but it's... Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2004 by Michael Null
5.0 out of 5 stars For a 7 song CD, this is classic
This is still one of my favorite Alice in Chains albums though it is very short and a big step away from(ahead?) their older music. A great collection of songs, though a short CD.
Published on Jan. 23 2004 by Adam P Boots
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