ALICE IN CHAINS — Sap (review)

ALICE IN CHAINS — Sap album cover EP · 1992 · Non-Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
5/5 ·
siLLy puPPy
After their slow burner “Facelift” had made ALICE IN CHAINS a fairly huge band after a lengthy tour, they set forth to start recording material for a follow up album but in the midst of it all ended up recording five acoustic songs. Following a dream of drummer Sean Kinney that told him they must release an EP called SAP, they did. And in the process not only surprised a newly found fan base by their different dark folk sound but also by the fact that this was some damned good material. Beneath the grungy aggressive metal sounds this band had some serious soul and Layne Staley proved his vocal versatility. The band also incorporated some guest vocalists on this little gem. Ann Wilson from Heart lends her voice on “Brother” and “Am I Inside” and Chris Cornell also makes a few appearances as well a few other less knowns.

There are four beautifully constructed acoustic tracks here that are melodically brilliant but really fit into the depressive downer style that ALICE IN CHAINS was so adept at. There is also a hidden fifth track that sounds more like something off a Mike Patton related project as it sounds like a group of musically gifted ghosts with a megaphone rockin' out. I have always loved this EP as much as the much more popular symphonically oriented “Jar Of Flies” EP. The guitars are unplugged but this is definitely ALICE IN CHAINS and in retrospect a perfect little creation in between their debut and their magnum opus “Dirt.” Don't miss this one!
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siLLy puPPy wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Actually many of my favorite albums were growers. Sometimes you have to let an album unleash its magic in you and let it incubate for a while.
siLLy puPPy wrote:
more than 2 years ago
It was a grower. Many years of letting it sink in
Unitron wrote:
more than 2 years ago
I listened to this EP once and thought it was okay, but it has been awhile since. Maybe I should take another listen.

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