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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
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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 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 March 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Driving Album Nov. 7 2003
By Dave
Format:Audio CD
As a huge Alice in Chains fan, I have owned "Jar of Flies" since its release in early 1994 (I believe?). This album was the first with new bassist Mike Inez, and from the beginning of the first song, you can see that Inex brings a new style to the group, one that they appear to absorb incredibly. The acoustic style they adopt for "Jar of Flies" is one that truly elates emotional and heart wrenching thoughts of constant self sorrow and occasionally uplifting melodramatics. It represents a change in relation to most of AIC's other albums at the times, venturing away from the anger and torturous rhythms they had come to embrace, and dolling into more harmonic, flowing sentiments of dark beauty.
I say this is a great driving album because the style of it is one that is slower, and one that you can mellow to while letting yourself absorb the feelings that Staley and Cantrell have laid out. Songs such as "Nutshell," "Don't Follow," and even the instrumental "Whale and Wasp" will spark deep emotion within that are even further hammered in when you consider Staley's recent death.
The only negative feeling I could understand coming with the listening of this album is the briefness of it. I felt myself almost robbed because of the short track number (7). Had this album been as long as the others, it may have been AIC's greatest album ever. Other than that, the harmonic sometimes-depressive sometimes-uplifting soul searching acoustics that are this album make it a great album to fire up while you hit the open road.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Description is wrong.
The description says double "colored" vinyl LP pressing. I received black records. Didn't matter to me because I just wanted the vinyl. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2012 by Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars finally, a six-star! album - Out of 5 Stars!
two words - buy it.
but this has to be at least twenty words long i think i just passed that!
Published on Sept. 20 2011 by marketminutdave
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Experiments
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2011 by LeBrain
5.0 out of 5 stars A shame to see them go
Alice in chains was one amazing band. personally, i think they had the potential to be another legendary band like a zeppelin. Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by kevan
5.0 out of 5 stars An important album
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... Read more
Published on April 24 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing - Off the CHAIN!!
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... Read more
Published on March 21 2004 by "johnathanblack9919"
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 4 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. 5 2004 by Michael Null
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