Nothing Safe

Nothing Safe

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by Alice in Chains

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Of all the so-called "grunge" bands to emerge from Seattle in the late '80s, Alice in Chains was the one most influenced by heavy-metal acts like Black Sabbath and Mötley Crüe. When metal's razor edge was combined with AIC's penchant for soaring harmonies and murky, minor-key melodies, the


Of all the so-called "grunge" bands to emerge from Seattle in the late '80s, Alice in Chains was the one most influenced by heavy-metal acts like Black Sabbath and Mötley Crüe. When metal's razor edge was combined with AIC's penchant for soaring harmonies and murky, minor-key melodies, the music captured a malevolent, yet tuneful, sense of power. Add to that vocalist Layne Staley's lyrics about drug abuse, mortality, and betrayal, and AIC was far bleaker sounding than neighbors Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden. Packaged as a 15-track, single-disc teaser for the three-CD Alice in Chains box set, NOTHING SAFE: THE BEST OF THE BOX also includes the newly recorded "Get Born Again," an eerie track built on the group's trademark foundation of dynamic guitar bluster, nasal vocal harmonies, and emotive, psychedelic solos. In addition, the disc features a 1989 demo of "We Die Young"; "What the Hell Have I," recorded for the soundtrack of "The Last Action Hero"; and the band's biggest hit, "Man in the Box." A representative collection for newcomers but also a sign that Alice in Chains may indeed get born again sometime soon.

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Nothing Safe anticipated 1999's three-disc Alice in Chains box set, which covered the group's best songs and assorted rarities. Because Nothing Safe is ostensibly a sampler of the box, not the Alice in Chains back catalog, what at first glance looks like a comprehensive best-of is actually somewhat questionable. The package is not unattractive, since nearly all the hits are present in some form; also included are the new song "Get Born Again" and the better of the group's two contributions to the Last Action Hero soundtrack, "What the Hell Have I." The problem is that "present in some form" does not necessarily mean "original form." "Rooster" is included in a live version not present on the box, while a demo of "We Die Young" replaces the studio take, and the unplugged version of "Got Me Wrong" (which, granted, received more airplay) bumps the more effective arrangement from Sap. There's nothing really wrong with these versions of themselves; it's just that their selection seems designed to make this package incomplete, so that fans who want the original tracks will be forced to purchase three different original albums (and completists will still have to buy this for the exclusive version of "Rooster"). Fans who don't mind the substitutions will find this to be a strong introduction to the group -- and it is a very impressive listen, making the case for Alice in Chains as one of the best metal bands of the '90s -- but others will be frustrated by the crass marketing gimmicks marring what could have been a great, not merely good, best-of collection.

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Nothing Safe 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
if you are an alice in chains fan this is the cd for you. if you own all of the alice in chains cd (like i do) keep in mind that all tracks are remasterd.
johnnyd More than 1 year ago
With "Man in the Box, Them Bones, We Die Young and Rooster" this was a ground breaking realease from Alice in Chains. Most of the songs on this album were listed in top ten or top five songs of the year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alice in Chains was one of the better bands to emerge from the post Nirvana Seattle/new-grunge scene, incorporating a grunge feel into a Black Sabbath induced metal trip. What set them apart was their attention to melody that was rivaled only by contemporaries Stone Temple Pilots, and which set them apart from pretenders at the time, and bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam that were already past their prime. And, just like the afore mentioned Stone Temple Pilots, AIC were a singles band without question. Their strongest tracks are collected here on Nothing Safe, making this disc the perfect buy for seasoned fans and newcomers alike. Purists beware however: one of the tracks is a demo, and two of them are live. The live "Rooster" is unreleased and worth investigating, but the stand out is the intensely popular unplugged version of "Got Me Wrong", which captures the raw side of AIC more effectively than the album version.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dude I'm a very huge supporter of Grunge bands, I like Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and Stone Temple Pilots. To be honest I have most of the AIC CD'S, and this CD "Nothing Safe" is a must-add to your grunge collection... It's a combination of their greatest hits with a couple of new songs and their unknown songs from current EP's, Track 5: IRON GLAND which was a hidden track in DIRT is on this album... Get Born Again is also new, and if you sorta want a speeded up version of the song "We Die Young" from AIC'S first album "Facelift" then your in luck, becuase this album has the speeded up version which is known as their demo of that song. Not only that you get the song "Rooster" Live! You also get "Got Me Wrong" from AIC'S MTV UNPLUGGED album... Now don't get confused with the actual AIC Greatest Hits CD(The green one that show's a boxer getting punced in the face) and the AIC Nothing Safe CD (The black one with an orange case. Shows a human in a tank) The actual Greatest Hits is great but it only has the good songs from all AIC CD's whereas the "Nothing Safe" CD has that plus a demo, a new song, a hidden song from DIRT, and a song from their MTV album... The only thing dissapointing from tjis CD is that it doesn't come with a bonus DVD... But other than that ADD IT TO YOUR COLLECTION!!!