Dirt

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Dirt is Alice in Chains' major artistic statement and the closest they ever came to recording a flat-out masterpiece. It's a primal, sickening howl from the depths of Layne Staley's heroin addiction, and one of the most harrowing concept albums ever recorded. Not every song on Dirt is explicitly about heroin, but Jerry Cantrell's solo-written contributions nearly half the album effectively maintain the thematic coherence -- nearly every song is imbued with the morbidity, self-disgust, and/or resignation of a self-aware yet powerless addict. Cantrell's technically limited but inventive guitar work is by turns explosive, textured, and queasily disorienting, keeping the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Dirt is Alice in Chains' major artistic statement and the closest they ever came to recording a flat-out masterpiece. It's a primal, sickening howl from the depths of Layne Staley's heroin addiction, and one of the most harrowing concept albums ever recorded. Not every song on Dirt is explicitly about heroin, but Jerry Cantrell's solo-written contributions nearly half the album effectively maintain the thematic coherence -- nearly every song is imbued with the morbidity, self-disgust, and/or resignation of a self-aware yet powerless addict. Cantrell's technically limited but inventive guitar work is by turns explosive, textured, and queasily disorienting, keeping the listener off balance with atonal riffs and off-kilter time signatures. Staley's stark confessional lyrics are similarly effective, and consistently miserable. Sometimes he's just numb and apathetic, totally desensitized to the outside world; sometimes his self-justifications betray a shockingly casual amorality; his moments of self-recognition are permeated by despair and suicidal self-loathing. Even given its subject matter, Dirt is monstrously bleak, closely resembling the cracked, haunted landscape of its cover art. The album holds out little hope for its protagonists aside from the much-needed survival story of "Rooster," a tribute to Cantrell's Vietnam-vet father, but in the end, it's redeemed by the honesty of its self-revelation and the sharp focus of its music. [Some versions of Dirt feature "Down in a Hole" as the next-to-last track rather than the fourth.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/1992
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074645247526
  • Catalog Number: 52475
  • Sales rank: 6,320

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Them Bones (2:30)
  2. 2 Dam That River (3:09)
  3. 3 Rain When I Die (6:01)
  4. 4 Down in a Hole (5:38)
  5. 5 Sickman (5:29)
  6. 6 Rooster (6:15)
  7. 7 Junkhead (5:09)
  8. 8 Dirt (5:16)
  9. 9 God Smack (3:50)
  10. 10 Iron Gland (0:43)
  11. 11 Hate to Feel (5:16)
  12. 12 Angry Chair (4:47)
  13. 13 Would? (3:27)
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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 Starr Bass
Technical Credits
Alice in Chains Producer
Jerry Cantrell Composer
Bryan Carlstrom Engineer
Steve Hall Mastering
Dave Jerden Producer
Sean Kinney Composer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Layne Staley Composer
Michael Starr Composer
Mike Inez Composer
Mary Maurer Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of the best Grunge CDs you'll ever buy.

    Except for Soundgarden, Alice In Chains was always the heaviest of the Grunge bands. In fact they were more heavy metal than punk and grunge. Unlike Nirvana, Alice In Chains relied not on sloppy playing and raw power but on virtuosity and emotion. Of course, I guess Nirvana was pretty emotional too but their commercial success somehow diluted it. Grunge and alternative should never be about commercial success, image or style. They should be strictly about the music. Alice In Chains shunned commercial success and instead created music that appeals primarily to serious rock listeners. In other words, this is not pop and therefore is not something you're gonna find at the top of the charts. If you like a more emotional brand of heavy metal then this album is for you. If you like this album than try their earlier releases like Facelift which contains the immortal anthem, "Man In The Box". You could also try a Soundgarden or Pearl Jam album since they often relied on similar aesthetics.

    The Sound quality on this album is top notch...of course so are most albums that were recorded with 90s technology. This is a good rockin; album with a message so both fans of metal and grunge should find a lot to enjoy here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Bleak, Beautiful Message

    One of the most important, essential albums of all time, Alice in Chains' "Dirt" is a bleak, but beautiful album, making clear that drugs have been a terrible and painful experience. Starts out with a bang and ends with one, too. All the emotions never fail to get across. Anger, sadness, etc. All of it is amazingly clear. One of the most essential albums of the 90s, albeit all time, "Dirt" is an amazing album with a powerful message. If you can't spare 10 bucks for this album, then you need help.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Most Unique, Creative, and Hauntng Cd EVER!!!

    The Dirt albumn is like no other albumn ever realeased. There is not a single band that can release such a powerful line up kicking butt! Layne's voice along with the rest of the Chains group is a complete all star line up!!! Greatest Cd evven till this day. ROCK ON

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Why Would I Give This Album Less Than 5 Stars...

    ...because this is a great album. You can find almost all the Alice in Chains -classic songs in this album: "Would?","Angry Chair", "Them Bones" and a well-known ballad song "Rooster". Maybe there is no more 'hits' than these four tracks but the whole thing is perfect. There is no tracks that would be annoying. When I listen I this album I have to listen it through from the first one to the one. The vocalist couldn't sing better these songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must Buy CD

    Most defenftinely Buy this cd the rooster is the best i Ever heard ijust can get the sweet gutair riffs out my mind this is a must have cd Also the jars of flies is a must have cd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the greatest albums created!

    Dirt is a classic Alice in Chains album that has proved that grunge music from Seatle has lasted to this day. Dirt is probably one of Alice in Chains best albums. Listening to the album is wonderful, there is a number of hits that still go onto to this day on the radio. I am not all about raidio hits but this album has to be one of the greatest musical performances ever. Jerry Cantrell is a guitar legend and the late: Layne Stayley is at his best as the vocalist on this album. Songs to listen to are, Well ....All of them. My favortite is probably Roster and Would.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the greatest albums ever recorded.

    This is by far one of the greatest albums ever created. I could listen to every single song on it and not get bored by a single one of them. Songs that stand out: Them Bones, Dam That River, Rain When I Die, Down In A Hole, Junkhead, Rooster, Would? and Angry Chair.

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