Alice in Chains

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Dispelling rumors of their demise due to Layne Staley's heroin addiction, Alice in Chains is a sonically detailed effort that ranks as their best-produced record, and its best moments are easily some of their most mature music. Alice in Chains relies less on metallic riffs and more on melody and texturally varied arrangements than the group's previous full-length albums, finally integrating some of the more delicate acoustic moods of their EPs. The lyrics deal with familiar AIC subject matter -- despair, misery, loneliness, and disappointment -- but in a more understated fashion, and the lyrics take on more uplifting qualities of toughness and endurance, which were missing ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Dispelling rumors of their demise due to Layne Staley's heroin addiction, Alice in Chains is a sonically detailed effort that ranks as their best-produced record, and its best moments are easily some of their most mature music. Alice in Chains relies less on metallic riffs and more on melody and texturally varied arrangements than the group's previous full-length albums, finally integrating some of the more delicate acoustic moods of their EPs. The lyrics deal with familiar AIC subject matter -- despair, misery, loneliness, and disappointment -- but in a more understated fashion, and the lyrics take on more uplifting qualities of toughness and endurance, which were missing from much of their previous work. The consistent visceral impact Alice in Chains lacks in comparison to that previous work is partially made up for by the skilled production and songs like "Grind," "Brush Away," "Over Now," and the hit ballad "Heaven Beside You," which are among the band's best work. Still, in spite of its many virtues, it's hard not to feel a little frustrated with the record, as though, given those qualities, it should have turned out better than it did -- there are some slow spots where the songs are undercrafted and not especially memorable, and those moments can make the band sound uncommitted and distracted. That, in turn, can make the defiance of songs like "Grind" "you'd be well advised
ot to plan my funeral 'fore the body dies" sound more like denial; just when Alice in Chains' music was finally beginning to emerge from the dark side, the intra-band problems became too much to bear and made Alice in Chains the last collection of new material the Staley-fronted AIC would release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/1995
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646724842
  • Catalog Number: 67248

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Grind (4:45)
  2. 2 Brush Away (3:22)
  3. 3 Sludge Factory (7:12)
  4. 4 Heaven Beside You (5:27)
  5. 5 Head Creeps (6:28)
  6. 6 Again (4:05)
  7. 7 Shame in You (5:35)
  8. 8 God Am (4:08)
  9. 9 So Close (2:45)
  10. 10 Nothin' Song (5:40)
  11. 11 Frogs (8:18)
  12. 12 Over Now (7:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alice in Chains Primary Artist
Jerry Cantrell Guitar, Vocals
Sean Kinney Drums
Layne Staley Guitar, Vocals
Mike Inez Bass, Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Alice in Chains Producer
Sean Kinney Artwork
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Toby Wright Producer, Engineer
Tom Nellen Engineer
Mary Maurer Art Direction
Doug Erb Cover Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's good!!

    Alice in Chains were one of the best bands during the 1990's. Layne Staley's voice is so agonizing throughout the album, and you can feel the hurt that he was going through as the album was recorded. Cantrell's guitar parts are as clean as ever, especially in "Heaven Beside You" and "Grind." The album suffers a bit from the bands previous LP release "Dirt," but "Alice In Chains" is a classic either way. It is a must for any rock fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rocking Good Way

    They have done it again! This album has good, old material. Very very heavy riffs! "Grind" and "Again" do prove it! These maybe a little bit different from the album "Facelift" and "Dirt" for theit vocals but riffs are same kinds of! "Heaven Beside You" and "Shame in You" are good ballads but I'm interested of "Brush Away" and "Sludge Factory", they have interesting lyrics and vocals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Highly original and experimental LP a solid asset to band's catalog

    As should be expected, Alice in Chains' third, eponymously-titled LP doesn't sound too much like any of their previous releases. Here is a well balanced combination of the band's eeriest, most psychadelic songs and its most uplifting, accessible music. That particular blueprint is one that Alice in Chains had never before produced, and it has its assets as well as its drawbacks. On one hand, Tripod will attract fans of all the band's different attributes: for example, the dreamy "Brush Away," the hard-hitting "Again," and the pop acoustic ballad "Heaven Beside You" fit suprisingly well together here. Furthermore, "Grind" is a perfect blend of Alice's gentle melodic and heavy rhythmic capabilities. Given these strengths, Alice in Chains could have been the band's more skillfully assembled LP, but it unfortunately drifts and proves too inaccessible at some points. To appreciative fans these points can be seen as the band's defiance of the mainstream and its ability to play odd and difficult music as well as hit ballads, but the messages behind these songs are too incoherent to really appreciate them. Nevertheless, Tripod is overall a highly developed and original album, and at its most powerful places in Staley's masterful "Head Creeps" and Cantrell's superb closer "Over Now," it is Alice in Chains' best work.

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