ALICE IN CHAINS — Sap (review)

ALICE IN CHAINS — Sap album cover EP · 1992 · Non-Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
Pekka
In late 1991 Alice In Chains gathered together in a studio to record demos for their upcoming second studio album, but one thing led to another and soon they had an EP's worth of mostly acoustic material, which they decided to release after drummer Sean Kinney had a dream of them releasing an EP called Sap. Better not mess with fate, they thought.

Sap saw AIC joined by several guest stars on the mic, Ann Wilson from Heart appearing on many tracks. The great opener Brother has her joining Layne Staley in the chorus and she also has a big part in Am I Inside, perhaps the least good track of the EP. Got Me Wrong is another really good tune and the only one where AIC is alone, along with Brother this song would appear on their Unplugged live album being given a great treating. Right Turn is credited to Alice Mudgarden as it features the Mudhoney and Soundgarden lead singers Mark Arm and Chris Cornell. This is a decent tune most notable for the chorus where Chris Cornell displays the capacity of his lungs. All of these songs are built on acoustic guitars with some electric spices here and there, I personally don't very much like this somewhat off-balance sound and prefer the completely acoustic renditions of the first two tracks on the Unplugged album. I think I won't say much about the hidden track Love Song. Let's just say that the members switch instruments and Sean Kinney handles piano and megaphone. Listen for yourself.

A nice little mouthful, but they would take the same formula and produce much better results a couple of years later with Jar of Flies.
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