ALICE IN CHAINS — Dirt (review)

ALICE IN CHAINS — Dirt album cover Album · 1992 · Alternative Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
5/5 ·
Negoba
The grunge movement was unification of sorts between the metal and alternative camps. Some bands came from the punk / new wave camp, some were mixtures from the beginning, and a few definitely had their roots in metal. Alice in Chains were clearly metal. Their debut album wasn't even grouped in a new genre when it was released. It was a great start. But Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell's magnus opus was clearly 1992's DIRT.

This album has it all, the metallic riffs (Them Bones, Dirt) the amazing harmony vocals (Angry Chair, Down in a Hole) and grunge classics (Would?, Rooster). I count "Would?" as perhaps THE grunge song with its reference back to grunge forefather Andrew Wood. The bass rumble and perfect chorus give way to one of Cantrell's most economically effective solos and the grand crush of the coda.

Bottom Line: One of the defining albums of the 90's and the metallic side of grunge.
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