Review: Alice in Chains – Dirt

This week’s album review is of an album I feel like I might be listening to a lot in the future. Dirt is the second album released by Alice in Chains way back in the year of 1992 (when yours truly only was 6 years old). I’ve never really gotten a grip of Alice in Chains before. I always liked the songs Rooster, Would? and a few others, but somehow interest beyond that eluded me. One evening I decided to give it a shot, though, and I listened to Dirt thoroughly and realized it is AWESOME. My current favourite tracks are Them Bones, Rain When I Die, Hate to Feel and God Smack.

I think the element that fascinates me most about this album is the same element that I really love in Nirvana: None of the songs sound the same. There are a lot of cool, experimental things found in every song, e.g. Them Bones has the 7/8 guitar riff, God Smack has the weird vibrato vocal, the unconventional rhythm and stops in the Hate to Feel chorus, etc. Every song has something that sets it apart from the other songs, which keeps the album interesting all the way through. The lyrics on the album deal with war, addiction and other gloomy themes, so it might be a bit of a downer, if you’re in a happy mood.

Track listing

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. Iron Gland
11. Hate to Feel
12. Angry Chair
13. Would?

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