Alice in Chains
Sap


3.5
great

Review

by Matthijs van der Lee USER (219 Reviews)
September 24th, 2009 | 38 replies | 1,854 views


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Episode II: Sap

After the tour for their debut Facelift, Alice in Chains went into the studio to record demos for what was going to be their follow-up. As it happened, they wrote 5 predominantly acoustic tracks instead, but only chose to release them after drummer Sean Kinney, strange as it may seem, had a dream about releasing an EP called Sap. Deciding ‘not to mess with fate’, the band’s first EP was released in early 1992, more than a year after Facelift, and indeed entitled Sap.

Sap’s Alice in Chains was:

- Layne Thomas Staley (R.I.P.) ~ Lead Vocals, Drums on Love Song
- Jerry Fulton Cantrell ~ Lead Guitar, Vocals, Bass Guitar on Love Song
- Michael Christopher Starr ~ Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar on Love Song
- Sean Howard Kinney ~ Drums, Percussion, Piano and Megaphone on Love Song

Guest musicians:

- Mark Arm (Mudhoney) ~ Vocals on Right Turn
- Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) ~ Vocals on Right Turn
- Ann Wilson (Heart) ~ Vocals on Brother, Am I Inside and Love Song

Sap saw Alice in Chains taking a more softly emotional road, and that turned out very well indeed for the band. The EP features two tracks that can be accounted to their best work. Opener Brother is a strongly moody, almost melancholic, touching piece, and immediately showcases the entirely different sound the band applies with Sap. Got Me Wrong, about the rift of misunderstanding between the two sexes, is a bit more upbeat, and features a little electric guitar that, along with its chorus, makes for a less moody but more powerful outing than its predecessor.

The EP’s other half consist of less compelling, but equally worthy songs. The shortest tune Right Turn contains vocals from both Mark Arm and Chris Cornell, the latter more dominant and impressive that the former, and is a very enjoyable track despite being the simplest offering on Sap. Am I Inside is slightly slower, and dreamier than most of the band’s other work, highlighted by Staley’s very fitting vocal work, once again excellently harmonized with Wilson’s, who has the strongest presence on the latter of her three contributions.

Then you’ve also got the quirky joke track Love Song, of course, in which the band switches usual arrangements: Staley drums, Cantrell plays bass and Starr guitar, while Sean Kinney is the main man behind the song with his eclectic piano work and megaphone shouts. Fun track, of course, but not an addition to the album’s actual work.

All that makes up for a mere 20 minutes of music, which is perhaps even short for an EP, but 4/5 of the material is interesting enough to forgive the length. Alice in Chains’ new direction certainly bore some damn fine fruit, and the acoustic work is almost, if not equally strong as the band’s heavier side. Though the sound they pioneered here would be perfected on Jar of Flies, what would come next would be quite a different affair, one even heavier than Facelift...

Yoda recommends:

Got Me Wrong
Brother


To be continued...



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Nagrarok
September 24th 2009



8169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great EP is great.

Romulus
September 24th 2009



8411 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is probably my least favorite Alice album (if we're not counting that first EP), so good review. I'm looking forward to the Dirt review majorly.

lostforwords
September 24th 2009



443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great EP indeed! Very moody, too bad it's not that "extended" ;)

Another great review another pos

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2009



8318 Comments


The shortest tune Right Turn contains vocals from both Mark Arm and Chris Cornell, the latter more dominant and impressive that the former,
I think you are missing the word being after "latter". Otherwise - solid job one more. Pos

HOLYCRAP5OUTOF5
September 24th 2009



43 Comments


HEY METALFAIL STOP FAILING AT METAL FAIL

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2009



8318 Comments


Shut it HOLYFAP

HOLYCRAP5OUTOF5
September 24th 2009



43 Comments


I FAP BECAUSE IF I DIDN'T I'D GO INSANE PUTTING UP WITH YOUR CRAP

OH DAM I'M ON FIYUH

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2009



8318 Comments


jeez, I think i'm gonna SNAP

Nagrarok
September 9th 2010



8169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Relistening to this and realizing how inferior the versions of Brother and Got Me Wrong are to the ones on Unplugged.

coneren
September 9th 2010



11111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Right Turn is sooo good

Nagrarok
September 9th 2010



8169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh yes t'is.

But if I'm in the mood for acoustic Alice, I always pick Unplugged since two of the songs on here are on there as well, done 10x better.

LepreCon
September 9th 2010



3591 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Shit man I can't believe its been almost a year since you reviewed this! Damn I'm really getting old

Nagrarok
September 9th 2010



8169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can't believe it either, I'm looking back for a minute and WHOAH, there's all those Judas Priest reviews I so fantically did and whatnot.

LepreCon
September 9th 2010



3591 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And to this day I still haven't kept tabs on another reviewers work so much on this site. It must be said, well done

Nagrarok
September 9th 2010



8169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And so it must be said that I do truly appreciate that very much.

Maniac!
September 9th 2010



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

mmmmmm.... I love you nag

BigHans
September 9th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nag = Bigger Chains fan that Brandon.

Maniac!
September 9th 2010



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

NOT POSSIBLE

Counterf3it
September 9th 2010



563 Comments


Feit = bigger fan than both of them

BigHans
September 9th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh yeah, I THINK SO



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