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.