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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Think of the one-shot Seattle supergroup Mad Season as the grunge version of sober living. Guitarist Mike McCready, best known as the main six-string slinger in Pearl Jam, met bassist John Baker Saunders while in rehab, and the two paired with Screaming Trees' drummer Barrett Martin and Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley, partially in hopes of steering the singer onto the path of the straight and narrow. Ultimately, the plan didn't pan out, but for a brief while, the quartet -- who adopted the name Mad Season -- did have their moment of clarity, captured on the 1995 album Above. There was a single issued to modern rock radio -- "River of Deceit" -- but this ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Think of the one-shot Seattle supergroup Mad Season as the grunge version of sober living. Guitarist Mike McCready, best known as the main six-string slinger in Pearl Jam, met bassist John Baker Saunders while in rehab, and the two paired with Screaming Trees' drummer Barrett Martin and Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley, partially in hopes of steering the singer onto the path of the straight and narrow. Ultimately, the plan didn't pan out, but for a brief while, the quartet -- who adopted the name Mad Season -- did have their moment of clarity, captured on the 1995 album Above. There was a single issued to modern rock radio -- "River of Deceit" -- but this record downplayed easy hooks and melody in favor of churning introspection and slow vamps that occasionally flirt with blues (the never-ending 12-bar "Artificial Red," balanced by the distorto riffs of "I Don't Everything"), but usually conjure nothing more than the dank sludge of Seattle. Mad Season aren't quite mired in the darkest areas of grunge -- they're clever enough to let a saxophonist lend color to "Long Gone Day" -- but the lack of melodicism is a bit of a drag over the long haul, turning Above into a bit of heavy mood music. In a sense, it's the id of Seattle run rampant: all the bands involved, outside of Saunders' Walkabouts and Martin's Trees (who were nevertheless considerably more popular than Saunders' group), enjoyed commercial success in 1995, so they could have gotten away with anything and, in a sense, they did, as a major-label actually released this turgid bit of soul-baring heavy rock. McCready gets plenty of room for his elliptical guitar, the players has space to dig into their minor-key vamps, Staley essays his only set of completely original lyrics, but the whole thing feels kind of inert and indulgent, which may be appropriate for a band treating rock & roll as therapy. [The 2013 Deluxe Edition of Above is loaded with bonus material, beginning with four tracks from Mad Season's unfinished 1999 album, finally completed with the Screaming Trees' Mark Lanegan as lyricist and vocalist. Lanegan adds a gravity the otherwise tortured Staley lacked -- as dynamic a frontman as Layne was, Lanegan feels made of granite -- and consequently these bonus tracks are little more compelling than the proper album. Elsewhere on the Deluxe Edition lies the entirety of the group's final gig, a performance at the Seattle venue the Moore from April of 1995, captured as both a CD (weighing in at 11 tracks) and a DVD (a seven-cut edit, followed by five bonus tracks). Elsewhere on the DVD are other live performances, including a full concert at RKCNDY and some highlights from Pearl Jam's Self Pollution Radio. These bonus cuts don't change the overall impression of the album, but they do give hardcore fans plenty of rarities to savor.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/1995
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646705728
  • Catalog Number: 67057
  • Sales rank: 21,340

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wake Up (7:38)
  2. 2 X-Ray Mind (5:12)
  3. 3 River of Deceit (5:04)
  4. 4 I'm Above (5:44)
  5. 5 Artificial Red (6:16)
  6. 6 Lifeless Dead (4:29)
  7. 7 I Don't Know Anything (5:01)
  8. 8 Long Gone Day (4:52)
  9. 9 November Hotel (7:08)
  10. 10 All Alone (4:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mad Season Primary Artist
Mark Lanegan Vocals
Barrett Martin Bass, Percussion, Cello, Drums, Marimbas, Vibes, Upright Bass
Mike McCready Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
John Saunders Bass, Electric Bass
Layne Staley Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Brett Eliason Producer, Engineer
Barrett Martin Producer, Art Direction
Mike McCready Producer, Art Direction
John Saunders Producer, Art Direction
Layne Staley Producer, Art Direction, Illustrations
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Mad Season Producer
Sony Felho Engineer
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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    A one of a kind collaboration. A must for any Lanegan, McCready,

    A one of a kind collaboration. A must for any Lanegan, McCready, or Staley fan. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Love Mark Lanegan

    What a wonderful collaboration!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I like it alot

    Get this album. If you like alice in chains.. if you don't like alice in chains... if you like the carter family then you should get this album. From A.P.Carter's own home comes the greatest album mike mcready (whatever) has ever had the pleasure to take part in. I wish I were him just this once.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brillant

    This is an album that should be up there with the greats,Layne sings brillant as always. Any Alice In Chains fans will love this album as much as i do. Layne you are missed!

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