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Dirt Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 29 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B0000028M7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record  |  Mini-Disc
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 261 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,058 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Them Bones
2. Dam That River
3. Rain When I Die
4. Down In A Hole
5. Sickman
6. Rooster
7. Junkhead
8. Dirt
9. God Smack
10. Intro (Dream Sequence)
11. Hate To Feel
12. Angry Chair
13. Would?

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Digitally remastered millennium digipack edition. Includes a special 6 page booklet.


Alice in Chains were initially tagged with the "grunge" moniker, when in fact their haunting, ponderous sound was far closer to the progressive rock of Queensryche. Their second album, Dirt, is a moody, portentous affair, filled with occasionally inspired riffing from guitarist Jerry Cantrell and hair-tossed wailing from singer Layne Staley. Perhaps the band got lumped in with Generation X because their lyrics focused upon depression, death, and drugs. Certainly, titles such as "Down in a Hole," "Junkhead," and "Hate to Feel" didn't leave much room for doubt as to Cantrell's perspective. The quartet did have a slightly lighter, almost poppy side to them, though, as "God Smack" and "Hate to Feel" indicate. Ultimately, Dirt is classic angst rock. --Everett True

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By A Customer on April 2 1999
Format: Audio CD
Ever feel dead-pan depressed, terminally lethargic, or slowly drowning in your own bloated apathy? If so I recommend AIC's filthy, gritty, soured masterpiece aptly titled "Dirt." This foray into heroin addiction, self-doubt, and utter societal confusion pillages the soul of all feeling but leaves the listener with a calming empathetic sense of sanguine expectation. This toxic fermentation makes the lowest of low understand the leprous fallacies of life, which slowly nibble away at the very tender fabric of an individual's spirit.
Now for the tunes. Carefully crafted into three sections this tortorous album goes from really bad, to even worse, and then to a state of pseudo-positivity. The opener "Them Bones" relentlessly crushes the skull of any unprepared listener and then quickly shifts into an even higher gear of underappreciation with "Dam That River." The third track "Rain When I Die" emphasizes how truly alone we all are with lyrics like "Is she ready to know my frustration/Slowly fogging my lights/Slow castration." By now my therapy session turns to a complete nightmare as "Sickman" utters a woeful tale of dissillusionment and unforgiven behavior, only to be followed by the Vietnam epic of "Rooster." The next four tracks mark the second part of this intoxicating contorted behemoth. Full blown addiction to chaos (or in Layne Staley's case heroin) pushes a normal person to near suicidal thoughts in these warped accounts of dangerous living and numbs the mind of all trivial distractions that life has to offer (i.e. love, happiness, or understanding).
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From the second that the jarring guitars and drums hit you in the first track, the brilliant, anguished "Them Bones", you get a good idea of what you're in for when you listen to this CD: a dark, heavy, unpretty view on the life of someone in their own private hell. And that's what makes it such a great album.
After the success of "Facelift", the late Layne Staley and company knew they had to work hard to create a worthy follow-up. And so they did. Sadly, Layne was struggling with a crippling drug addiction (which, unfortunately, would go on to claim his life). Thus the theme of the album: despair, depression, anger, etc. Some standout tracks include "Them Bones", "Dam That River" (which has a great riff), "Rain When I Die", "Sickman", "Rooster", "God Smack" (which inspired another great band's name), and "Would?" (which, IMHO, is a brilliant song).
Alice In Chains was a great band, and Layne's legacy will live on through their music. Rest in peace, Layne, and thanks for everything.
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Alice In Chains' second album, Dirt, is a harrowing listen, which only gets more haunting with every listen. It's almost like Joy Division's "Closer," since the topics are very macabre and depressing (death, drug addiction, and the ode to Vietnam " Rooster"). Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell were amazing vocalists, who wrapped this album with very pensive lyrics and emotional vocals, and their vocal harmonies can be compared to Lennon and McCartney, or even Simon and Garfunkel, and it was probably unheard of for a 'metal' band to do that.
It is a very difficult album to stomach, snce it clocks in at about 58 minutes, and it is reminiscent of Seattle's raint atmopshere (which undoubtedly influenced the genre's muddy sounding music), though the amount of melody and passion is enough to draw one to this album. Songs like "Angry Chair," "Would?" "Them Bones" "Down In a Hole" and "Rain When I Die" are grunge classics (along with the aforementioned "Rooster"), and hasn't gotten the credit it deserves, since it lies in the shadow of Pearl Jam and Nirvana. Now with Layne gone, the vocals in many of the songs are really haunting, and make the album even sadder. As he said "I feel so alone, gonna end up a big old pile of them bones." Strangely prophetic lyrics. Definitely the darkest album of the 1990s. Only a few bands can top its overwhelming amount of gloom.
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Being from Seattle, I could not be more proud to say that grunge was our local music scene. It took the country by storm, and not by selling out and trying to sound mainstream, like the music of today. They actually earned mainstream success, and changed the face of radio. Yes, the spirit of grunge was heavy in the air here, back in the early 90's. You could just feel it, even if you were just walking down the street to the gas station to get a soda. In many ways, grunge is still alive, if not in music, but in our hearts. Okay, I really gotta start talking about the album now!
This album is jam-packed with goodies. AIC was one of the pioneer grunge bands, and next to Candlebox, they were the best. You've got a lot of heavy, sludgy riffs that just crush in slow motion, eerie melodies, bone-chilling lyrics, and complex solos. What more could you want? I think "Angry Chair" and "Down in a Hole" will always be two of my favorite songs, and the creepy "Would?" is not far behind. No one can create dark, brooding, eerie music like AIC. This entire album is brilliant, and was once my favorite. If you think music like Staind and Godsmack is good, you have to buy this album. AIC is the original Staind, the original Godsmack, the original Dust for Life, the original Days of the New. Bear in mind I like all those bands, but let's face it, they're just rippin on the masters. If you like grunge, you really need this. It's one of the best you'll ever buy. Also, check out a lesser known Seattle band called Second Coming.
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