Review Summary: The soundtrack of the 90's grunge11 of 18 thought this review was well written
Released on September of 1992, the sophomore album called Dirt by Alice In chains is one of the finest musical masterpieces to come out of Seattle. This follow up to Facelift takes the band to new realms and to much bigger audiences. Often, it was considered to be one of the best rock records of the 1990's. The album which spawned 5 singles, primarily focused on depression, anger, drug abuse, and war.
Dirt begins with an agressive song called "Them Bones", it features a very heavy guitar riff, half time drum beat and eerie vocal harmonies from Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell setting the tone for the album. Songs like "Dam That River" and Rain When I die" expose the bands raw talent. "Down In A Hole" is a fan favorite rock ballad with lyrics that truly bring the listener into Layne Stanley's world. The realism of Layne's lyrics in "Rooster" are remarkable and arguably have some of Jerry Cantrell's finest song writing. The Chorus has a haunting harmony by Layne and Jerry, and I feel it's the defining point on the record.
Layne's extensive heroin use is laid right on the table for everyone to see on "Junkhead". Also proving that this record is the true definition of "All Killer No Filler". The album closes with what I think is the best Alice In chains song ever written. "Would" has always been the song that comes to mind when I think of the grunge era. It has one of the catchiest verse and chorus that I've ever heard and I will always think of it has the theme song of early 90's.
This album is definitely Alice In Chain's best album, though all of their albums are gems. If you have not heard it I strongly suggest you check it out. The album still seems as fresh as it did in 1992.