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|Alice In Chains Ranked|
Why the heck not? I'm just looking for an excuse not to get any real work
|1||Alice in Chains|
Jar of Flies
Let's start this off with a controversial choice. While most people would probably pick
Dirt as the best AiC album, it's basically a tie and my vote goes to JoF because: a).
Even given the fact that it's an EP, there are basically zero skippable songs on JoF;
2). The band experiments wildly (by their standards) with Jazz and String sections
and harmonicas and instrumentals, and all of their experiments are pretty damn
successful. 3). Compositionally speaking, the band is at the height of their powers.
This entire album was written and recorded in a week. Most bands can't put out
material this strong over the course of their careers.
|2||Alice in Chains|
Bleak, yet beautiful. Stifling, yet cathartic. Brutally fatalistic, yet somehow hopeful.
The album is thematically and musically coherent and consistent without ever
straying in the direction of monotony. A rightful classic.
|3||Alice in Chains|
This was the album that was supposed to put grunge on the map because it's not
REALLY a grunge album you see. The first half of the album is grungy of course, but
the latter half shows traces of a band still semi-attached to its hair/funk-metal roots.
This album probably defines the pre-Nirvana early '90s and the shifting musical
landscape better than anything else you can think of. Also, most of it is catchy as
|4||Alice in Chains|
Black Gives Way to Blue
This is for all intents and purposes the average Alice in Chains album. Or maybe it's
the median AiC album. I'm not sure, my statistics is rusty. But either way, it's
incredibly consistent, hooky, heavy and harmony-y. It's everything you'd expect and
want an AiC album to be. The fact that so many supposed fans of the band can't look
past the fact that the lead singer isn't a dead white-guy makes me sad. All the racist
necrophiliacs in the world are missing out.
|5||Alice in Chains|
There are only 4 songs to choose from here ("Love Song" doesn't count), but this EP
is basically a cool breeze on a sweltering day; it's surprising, refreshing, and gone
|6||Alice in Chains|
Alice in Chains
Look, it's not a terrible album, but...it's sub-standard by AiC's standards. The
constituent parts don't gell as well as they once did. Staley is audibly a shadow of his
former self. A lot of the songs have good ideas but then kind of meander aimlessly,
which is not the sort of thing that Alice in Chains' songs are supposed to do. Sure,
there are plenty of good songs here, but the album as a whole lacks the energy of
Facelift, the inspiration of Dirt and JoF, or the pinpoint focus of Black Gives Way to
Blue, which is why it's at the bottom of this list.
|Ok, I guess it's back to work for me now. Sigh.|
1/5 (I have a 2CD pack with both of them)
|Hmmm. I'm not sure if taking JoF and Sap together weakens the impact of JoF or turns the combination into one mega-awesome album. I think i'll have to reflect on this conundrum.|
|Agree with 1, though cant agree with putting s/t last. No way its worse than BGWTB or Sap|
|Dirt is definitely my favourite, the self-titled is my second favourite (it took me about 5 years to really appreciate it..). I'm not sure how I would rank the rest|
|Bgwtb is the worst not because of the new lead singer, but because of the terrible job done while mastering the album. The album is so loud as to be unlistenable. JoF and Dirt are definitely AiC's best, and two of my favorite albums.|
|This is probably the correct ranking. "Godsmack" was probably their best song to date though.|
|Move 6 above 3 and this list is alright.|
|jar of flies is by far my favorite thing aic has done|
|2 is 1|
|i'd take 1 over 2 anyday as well|
|i should check 1|
|You owe it to yourself, it will destroy you|
|ranking is correct|
|why is bgwtb on an aic list?|
|Perhaps I've been TOO harsh on Tripod and it possibly rates better than Sap, but the album is just not as tightly written, performed or paced. BGWTB's ceiling probably isn't as high, but its low-points aren't as low either.|