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Facelift
     

Facelift

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by Alice in Chains
 

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When Alice in Chains' debut album, Facelift, was released in 1990, about a year before Nirvana's Nevermind, the thriving Seattle scene barely registered on the national musical radar outside of underground circles (although Soundgarden's major-label debut,

Overview

When Alice in Chains' debut album, Facelift, was released in 1990, about a year before Nirvana's Nevermind, the thriving Seattle scene barely registered on the national musical radar outside of underground circles (although Soundgarden's major-label debut, Louder Than Love, was also released that year and brought them a Grammy nomination). That started to change when MTV jumped all over the video for "Man in the Box," giving the group a crucial boost and helping to pave the way for grunge's popular explosion toward the end of 1991. Although their dominant influences -- Black Sabbath, the Stooges -- were hardly unique on the Seattle scene, Alice in Chains were arguably the most metallic of grunge bands, which gave them a definite appeal outside the underground; all the same, the group's sinister, brooding, suffocating sound resembled little else gaining wide exposure on the 1990 hard rock scene. Neither hedonistic nor especially technically accomplished, Alice in Chains' songs were mostly slow, oppressive dirges with a sense of melody that was undeniable, yet which crept along over the murky sludge of the band's instrumental attack in a way that hardly fit accepted notions of what made hard rock catchy and accessible. Although some parts of Facelift sink into turgid, ponderous bombast (particularly over the erratic second half), and the lyrics are sometimes immature, the overall effect is fresh, exciting, and powerful. While Alice in Chains would go on to do better and more consistent work, Facelift was one of the most important records in establishing an audience for grunge and alternative rock among hard rock and heavy metal listeners, and with its platinum sales certification, it also made Alice in Chains the first Seattle band to break through to a wider, less exclusively underground audience.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/1990
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644607529
catalogNumber:
46075

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Tracks

  1. We Die Young
  2. Man in the Box
  3. Sea of Sorrow
  4. Bleed the Freak
  5. I Can't Remember
  6. Love, Hate, Love
  7. It Ain't Like That
  8. Sunshine
  9. Put You Down
  10. Confusion
  11. I Know Somethin (Bout You)
  12. Real Thing

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alice in Chains   Primary Artist
Jerry Cantrell   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Sean Kinney   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Layne Staley   Vocals,Group Member
Mike Starr   Bass,Background Vocals
Kevin Shuss   Background Vocals
Michael Starr   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Ronnie S. Champagne   Engineer
David Coleman   Art Direction
David Daoud Coleman   Art Direction,Logo Design
Dave Jerden   Producer,Engineer
Michael Starr   Composer

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Facelift 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
R . I . P . Layne Staley This is my favorite AIC album of all time...the song ''we die young'' is so appropriate for now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
By far, this is my all time favorite AIC album (Music Bank doesn't count). I'm listening to this right now. It really captures the sound that AIC would become known, but not known enough, for. Dirt was good, but this just destroys it. I didn't enjoy AIC's material this much until their self-titled album. Buy this album, you won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD. It is a classic A.I.C. CD because it show the raw power of the early years of grunge, before it was all commecialized and corporate like Nirvana's Nevermind.Songs like 'man in the box' were great singles that are still played tody, and There are songs like 'we die young' and ' I ain't like that'that have heavy riffs, with Staley's rhaspy voice. I love this CD, and RIP Layne Staley 1964-2000
Guest More than 1 year ago
The vocalist has an excellent voice, kinda spooky. The guitars and drums are very very excellent! The first tracks "We Die Young" and "Man in the Box" are true classics and so is "Love, Hate, Love" which one has very sad lyrics. "Sea of Sorrow", "Bleed the Freak" and "It ain't like That" are also true Alice in Chains! Different kind of metal! The rest of the songs are too simple ones and that's why this album doesn't make an effection for me.
johnnyd More than 1 year ago
For the price of about est. $20.00 I got both Facelift and Dirt. The sound quality is excellent and both albums have all of my favourite songs. Music is the real gift that keeps on giving.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the beginning, most individuals would not have thought that a band like "Alice in Chains" would have attained popularity like it did. Starting from the Seattle scene, Alice in Chains proved these people wrong (Critics, and so called music experts). With Layne Staley's voice, and Jerry Cantrell's guitaring talent, the band managed to become a name in the music business. Songs like "Man in the Box" and "We Die Young" helped to establish a basehold for Alice in Chains. Other songs such as "Sunshine", "Love Hate Love", and the spiffy "Put you Down" layed the cement to the groundwork that is this CD. All the songs are well done, and one can clearly distinguish the talent that the band broadcasted as they played there music. Definitly a must have for any Alice in Chains enthusiast and a good start for anyone new in the Alice in Chains genre.
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