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Although Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley dropped off the radar following 1995's Alice in Chains, it's amazing how good he sounds on 1998's "Get Born Again," the one new track on this 15-song best-of outing. Sounding like a Dirt-era offering, the band's trademark dirgeful sound and melodic, layered, and haunting vocals shine on this strong Staley-Cantrell composition. And there's other interesting material that makes Nothing Safe a safe bet for fans. A demo of "We Die Young" is faster and more metal than the version on 1990's Facelift, while a live "Rooster," lilting "Got Me Wrong" (from Unplugged) and "What Hell Have I" from the Last Action Hero soundtrack are all eminently listenable. --Katherine Turman
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1. We Die Young
2. Man In The Box
3. Sea Of Sorrow
4. Them Bones
5. Down In A Hole
7. Angry Chair
8. What The Hell Have I?
9. I Stay Away
10. No Excuses
11. Don't Follow
12. Got Me Wrong
15. Heaven Beside You
16. Over Now
17. Get Born Again
1. KING-5 Documentary
2. We Die Young (early verson)
3. We Die Young
4. Man In The Box
5. Sea Of Sorrow
7. Them Bones
9. Angry Chair
10. What The Hell Have I?
11. Down In A Hole
12. No Excuses
13. I Stay Away
15. Heaven Beside You
17. Over Now
18. Get Born Again
This is one of the best CDs I've ever heard.
Very dark, heavy, depressing, provacative, and intelligent.
Track by track:
1. Get Born Again (Demo) -***1/2- Great dark opening riff. Recorded in 1998, Layne sounds just as awesome as ever.
2. We Die Young -*****- This is a previously unreleased demo of song. Probably the best on the album. Very metal.
3. Man In The Box -****- Goes without saying that this is one of AIC's best songs.
4. Them Bones -****- Another classic.
5. Iron Gland -**1/2- Just that weird little "Iron Man" thing from 'Dirt'.
6. Angry Chair -***1/2- Very cool rock song.
7. Down In a Hole -***1/2- Soft change in the pace. Great stuff.
8. Rooster (Live) -****1/2- Very surprised by this. I always sort of thought that this song was overrated, but this version made me love it. Even better than the studio version. Much slower and darker.
9. Got Me Wrong (Unplugged) -***- Nice song.
10.No Excuses -***- Another one of their radio staples. Very good tune, although a little light for AIC.
11.I Stay Away -****- Quite possibly AIC's biggest hit. Excellent.
12.What The Hell Have I -***1/2- Cool rare song from the "Last Action Hero" soundtrack.
13.Grind -*****- Arguably the heaviest track on here. Brilliant. The title fits its "grinding" metal melody perfectly.
14.Again -*****- This was the song that got me seriously hooked on AIC. Like 3 songs in one. Absolutely have fallen in love with this song.
15.Would? -****1/2- Awesome.
I would highly recommend this album to any fan of grunge, rock, or heavy metal.
If you don't want the soundtrack to that movie (and I didn't), this is the best way to get that song, as it's excellent.
Well, all of the songs, even the spooky 40 second instrumental "Iron Gland," are excellent. Maybe that's not the point of this review.
Fact is, it's a damned shame Layne Staley is dead.
Why do I say that? Well, if you listen to "Get Born Again," which was recorded solely for this album, you think to yourself, "Damn, Staley had talent. Why'd he have to die so young?"
Of course, Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez and Sean Kinney also did a whole hell of a lot to make this album great. Still, they at least are still living. Cantrell's still putting out good stuff, too (go check out "Boggy Depot" and his other album, "Degradation Trip," if you don't believe me).
But Staley is dead. And that's a damned shame.
Getting back to "Nothing Safe," "Get Born Again," in my estimation, was intended to be the start of a new AIC album. Staley, however, had major problems with depression and drugs, as everyone who's ever followed the band knows. I also think the suicide of his girlfriend/fianceé years before had something to do with this.
Never mind. This song, "Get Born Again," uses the same themes as AIC's self-titled 1995 album's "God Am" to good fashion, while sounding extremely caustic, yet laid back, at the same time.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is ridiculous, it came in a paper like pizza box
I don't think they will last more than 3 mouths
no inside cart, nothing plus there is NO TRACK 16(again remix)... Read more
Great CD you should buy it no matter what. All songs are good in different ways. The only track i don't like on here is iron gland. Makin fun of sabbath isn't cool. Read morePublished on July 4 2004
I am a very big fan of early 90's grunge and rock music like Nirvana,Stone Temple Pilots,Red Hot Chili Peppers, I don't really listen to this new age "sell-out" rock. Read morePublished on March 9 2004 by Drew
So often, "best of" CD's fall far short of that claim. And the (formerly released) "best of" Alice in Chains is no exception. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2003 by paul_howard
Don't get "Alice In Chains Greatest Hits". I repeat DON'T GET GREATEST HITS. This has 9 of those 10 songs plus 6 more.
That's really it.
For the most part, this is a great intro to "Alice In Chains". Far better than the other "Greatest Hits". Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2003 by H3@+h
This is a good album, of course it is a greatest hits album, so it better be. The only thing I don't like is the interactive internet [stuff] it has... Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2003 by Ryan C. Reichardt
ALice in chains...the mere mention of the band name evokes guitar sounds that are as inspiring as they are spooky, uncommon time signatures in many songs, deep, personal lyrics and... Read morePublished on March 7 2003