Alice in Chains
Dirt


3.0
good

Review

by Apathy USER (11 Reviews)
November 19th, 2005 | 38 replies | 13,244 views


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist


2 of 8 thought this review was well written

Alice In Chainsí Dirt is the coolest album ever. Not the best, but the coolest. I mean, the songs just reek with cool. And superb gloom, which is why some days when you listen to this album, you feel like Dirt. The depression, suicide, drugs and beer definitely found their way onto the disc. Just look at the track names. Hate To Feel is about AICís singer, Layne Staley, getting into drugs when he was a teenager. God Smackís lyrics seem vague and drugged-up:

Quote:
Originally Posted by God Smack
Care not for the men who wonder, straw that broke your back youíre under. Cast them all aside who care, empty eyes and dead end stare.
But thatís not to say that all of the songs are spacey, melancholy and depressing. The two openers, Them Bones and Dam That River are brimming with grungy angst in the lyrics and music. Thatís the style of music on Dirt, though. Easily one of the best grunge albums ever (in fact, I canít think up of one that measures up to it), the disc is overflowing with raw emotion.

The instrumentation is enjoyable; there is clearly talent in the group. Every song on here has a rippiní solo, and as guitarist Jerry Cantrell said himself in Guitar World: ďEvery solo on Dirt is prime, smoking ***." Thatís a rather well put statement, although a little immodest, because there is next to no difficult soloing. Obviously Mr. Cantrell puts more effort into feeling than he does technicality. This is a good thing in this case, as a John Pertrucci-type guitarist would take away from the general feel of the album. Thatís what AIC and grunge is all about, too: feel.

But as my good friend Something Vague once said: ďThis album is good, but it also sucks." Thatís a very true statement for two reasons: Junkhead and Angry Chair. Thatís not the only reason why it partially sucks, though. All of the tracks, including the mediocres, have a very immediate effect, but seem to wear off more and more every listen. But every once in a while, you canít resist picking this baby up and popping in the old speaker system. You could even just switch from classic to classic (which is what I usually do) or listen to the whole thing. Itís irresistible.

The album on the whole is decent, but there are two songs that are virtually journeys through the swamp of suicide in themselves. Rooster is the song that got me interested in AIC, so I suppose I have something of a bond with it. The heavy-on-effects chord progression at the start brings a tear to my eye every time, and that heavy chorusÖwow. If you just skip Junkhead in order to get to the title track, it will pay off. As Cathedral said, ď[The title track] is the song you want to hear last if you are trying to get into AIC." You just wallow through it, and the entire time you feel depressed and grungy.

Alas, sometimes this album is a 91%, but others it is worthy of a 64%. Donít listen to it in a good mood, ever. One day youíll say you love it, and the other you will wonder what is so good about grunge anyway. So those opinions balance, and the album gets a:

75%

Pros:

(+)Gloooooooooomy as death itself
(+)Tight instrumentation
(+)Love it sometimesÖ

Cons:

(-)Hate it others
(-)Overrated
(-)Mood-ruiner

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Storm In A Teacup
November 19th 2005



12702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I must say that I don't like this review to much.

and I don't think Something Vague is your friend.

Apathy
November 19th 2005



645 Comments


Well, am I supposed to call him my enemy?

Storm In A Teacup
November 19th 2005



12702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and as Something Vague would say...


hey, it's that easy

pulseczar
November 19th 2005



2385 Comments


haha, I guess it's cool to namedrop SV now.


btw SV is my good friend[/attention whore] :upset:This Message Edited On 11.19.05

Neoteric
November 19th 2005



3243 Comments


yes, copy what I review will ya.

And Vague is annoying and spammy.This Message Edited On 11.19.05

Storm In A Teacup
November 19th 2005



12702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, he tends to be sometimes, but he's a good reviewer.

Though he's on his last strike with the mods.This Message Edited On 11.19.05

Apathy
November 19th 2005



645 Comments


How did I copy anyone's review here? Derek (Cath) you gave it 4.5 and I gave it 3...so wtf?

Neoteric
November 20th 2005



3243 Comments


No, like, I reviewed this and then you reviewed it soon after >_>This Message Edited On 11.20.05

Zebra
Moderator
November 20th 2005



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Your review was very brief, which isn't a bad thing but you never talked about the vocals or the real sound or feel of the album, you just mentioned the guitar.

Ouch
May 23rd 2008



546 Comments


this is a reallly crappy review, you don't mention the music much.

Brylawski
April 20th 2010



709 Comments


awful review

PearlDrummer20
June 5th 2010



1089 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Easily one of the best grunge albums ever (in fact, I canÔŅĹt think up of one that measures up to it)"

*Ahem*Superunknown*Ahem*

Counterfeit
June 5th 2010



17819 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

*Ahem*Badmotorfinger is waaaayyyy better than Superunknown*Ahem*

PearlDrummer20
June 5th 2010



1089 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

*Ahem*I was just giving an example, there were a few grunge albums better than Dirt*Ahem"

*Ahem*Also I do agree that Badmotorfinger is better than Superunknown*Ahem"

Counterfeit
June 5th 2010



17819 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

*ah-fuck this.
Really? I would like to hear what ones, please. (If that sounded snobby it wasn't supposed to) Cause I fucking love this album.

Maniac!
June 5th 2010



26250 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Dirt > BMF > SU

PearlDrummer20
June 5th 2010



1089 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love this album too.

hmm.... Temple Of The Dog?

I guess that would be it

Maniac!
June 5th 2010



26250 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

no.

just, no.

Dirt > BMF > ToTD > SU

Counterfeit
June 5th 2010



17819 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Love Temple but nah man. Dirt reigns supreme.

Prolapse
June 5th 2010



4370 Comments


i like the grunge



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