Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

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by Alice in Chains
     
 

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Always the most shadowy of the original generation of grunge bands, Alice in Chains have spent the past several years couched in a darkness deep enough to prompt fans to wonder if they'll ever emerge again. While that's still open to debate, this powerful retrospective -- in essence a distillation of 1999's career-spanning box set, MusicSee more details below

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Always the most shadowy of the original generation of grunge bands, Alice in Chains have spent the past several years couched in a darkness deep enough to prompt fans to wonder if they'll ever emerge again. While that's still open to debate, this powerful retrospective -- in essence a distillation of 1999's career-spanning box set, Music Bank -- makes for a fine backward look at the catalogue of Layne Staley and company. From the crushingly despondent, riff-driven tones of "Man in the Box" to the weary, but compelling musings of "Would?" and "Heaven Beside You," this ten-song compilation deals all of the AiC calling cards: squalling guitars, a punishing bottom end, and the haunted vocals of Staley, who's become one of hard rock's more tragic figures in recent years. Still, with the rangy riffing of Jerry Cantrell at the fore of songs like "Angry Chair" and "Them Bones," these Chains are certain to bind.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Greatest Hits is not, alas, the antidote to the botched Nothing Safe: Best of the Box compilation, but rather a lower-priced, ten-track sampler of Alice in Chains' career. The songs are mostly excellent and well-chosen, but unfortunately, there are simply too few of them. Greatest Hits will serve the needs of casual fans who just want ten of Alice in Chains' best songs on one disc without shelling out too much money, but there are too many other good moments in the group's back catalog to make this a good buy for anyone else.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998592223
catalogNumber:
85922
Rank:
21843

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