Dirt [International Edition]

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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. [The 2002 international edition cuts "Iron Gland," the 43-second intro to "Hate to Feel."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2008
  • Label: Columbia Europe
  • EAN: 5099747233029
  • Catalog Number: 472330
  • Sales rank: 94,319

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 Sickman (5:29)
  5. 5 Rooster (6:14)
  6. 6 Junkhead (5:09)
  7. 7 Dirt (5:16)
  8. 8 God Smack (3:50)
  9. 9 Hate to Feel (0:43)
  10. 10 Angry Chair (5:16)
  11. 11 Down in a Hole (4:47)
  12. 12 Would? (5:38)
  13. 13 [Untitled] (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, Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Alice in Chains Producer
Bryan Carlstrom Engineer
David Coleman Logo
David Daoud Coleman Logo
Steve Hall Mastering
Dave Jerden Producer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Layne Staley Artwork, Logo, Icon
Lee Johnson Accounting
Mary Maurer Art Direction
Susan Cowan Management
Eddy Scheyer Mastering
Curtis Kelly Management
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