Alice in Chains
Greatest Hits


3.0
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Review

by Green Baron USER (110 Reviews)
March 17th, 2013 | 17 replies | 3,107 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pure dirt.

6 of 8 thought this review was well written

Greatest hits collections are often a pain in the ass to review, because they're always nothing but the biggest singles from a band's career. Recently, bands have added a new song to the hits album, so there can be something new in the album along with the previously released songs. However, greatest hits albums are always nothing but the most popular songs slapped together in one album, meant only to attract new fans, as current fans will already have their material.

With that being said, Alice in Chains' greatest hits collection is disappointing. The Layne Staley era of the band consisted of three albums, two EPs and one unplugged album. With nine years of material, they managed to scrape together ten songs for their greatest hits. All of Alice's albums had more than ten songs, and their greatest hits album only has ten songs. Why couldn't they just make a singles collection? They released tons of singles during their career.

Alice's first album, Facelift, was released in 1990. We get one song from Facelift, "Man in the Box" which is arguably the most popular song by the band, and their breakthrough hit. Opening with a thundering, addictive riff and pounding drums, it kicks off the album with a bang. This song is notable for Staley's cries of "FEED MY EYES!" in the chorus, and propelled them to stardom. However, we aren't given anymore songs from Facelift, even though there were three more singles, "We Die Young", "Bleed the Freak" and "Sea of Sorrow". The exclusions of the latter two are justifiable, as they weren't that famous, but "We Die Young" was one of the band's most popular songs, and should have been included.

Dirt, the band's second album, is the best represented here. Often called one of the finest albums in the entire genre of grunge, four of the album's five singles show up on this compilation. "Them Bones", "Rooster", "Angry Chair" and "Would?" all are included, and they're all great songs. One must ask, though, where is "Down in a Hole"? The band's big ballad, one of their more melodic songs, and one of their biggest hits, it is surprisingly absent from this album. Overall, the Dirt section is pretty decent.

After Dirt, we get two tracks from the Jar of Flies EP, the first EP to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts, and often regarded as one of the best EPs of all time. Two of the four singles from the EP are included, "No Excuses" and "I Stay Away", leaving out "Don't Follow" and "Whale & Wasp". The exclusion of these two are understandable, as they were nothing but small blips on the Alternative charts.

The last three tracks, "Grind", "Heaven Beside You" and "Again" are all from the band's eponymous third album, and they luckily didn't leave anything out from there. However, the fact that Alice in Chains' greatest hits consists of nothing but ten songs baffles me. It's not that the quality of the songs aren't good; in fact, they're all great. It's the poor choice of song selection that's disappointing. Songs like "We Die Young" and "Down in a Hole" should have been included on the album, as well as something from the Sap EP or the Unplugged performance, preferably "Over Now".

This album isn't for anyone. If you're already a fan, there's nothing new here for you. If you're just getting into the band, just get their CDs. It's a better representation of the band than this pile of dirt.



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Topaz
March 17th 2013



324 Comments


greatest hits albums suck because singles are the worst songs by a band

record companies and bands just give them praise so they can match up with the rest of the tracks

ViperAces
March 17th 2013



12394 Comments


2.5? Why not focus in what IS in the album instead of what ISNT?

FearOfNapalm
March 17th 2013



80 Comments



Why not focus in what IS in the album instead of what ISNT? [2]

intotheshit
March 17th 2013



3639 Comments


You apparently don't understand the concept of what makes a greatest hits album

intotheshit
March 17th 2013



3639 Comments


You apparently don't understand the concept of what makes a greatest hits album

Green Baron
March 17th 2013



19512 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I do, and they're always like this.

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intotheshit
March 17th 2013



3639 Comments


So why do you think songs that got no airplay should be included?

Green Baron
March 17th 2013



19512 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

We Die Young and Down in a Hole got airplay back in the day.

intotheshit
March 17th 2013



3639 Comments


I've never heard "Don't Follow" and "Whale & Wasp" once on any radio station.

Green Baron
March 17th 2013



19512 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I know that. Look at Nirvana's greatest hits. They included songs from freaking Incesticide and Unplugged. I doubt those got any airplay.

demigod!
March 17th 2013



44130 Comments


the essential alice in chains >

Digging: Failure - Magnified

KjSwantko
March 17th 2013



9277 Comments


Track list is kinda retarded (the lack of specific songs, as you mentioned).

Green Baron
March 17th 2013



19512 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I rate my greatest hits collections based on song selection. An example of a good greatest hits album would be Green Day's International Superhits (and no, I'm not biased). Heard any "Stuck With Me" or "JAR" on the radio? Didn't think so.

Green Baron
March 17th 2013



19512 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I rate my greatest hits collections based on song selection. An example of a good greatest hits album would be Green Day's International Superhits (and no, I'm not biased). Heard any "Stuck With Me" or "JAR" on the radio? Didn't think so.

CutMan
March 17th 2013



1778 Comments


The songs not included were not on the level of success that qualified them for the status of "greatest hits".

People who make these reviews annoy the crap out of me. You seriously fault them for actually having a standard for selection? You prefer some other collection because they didn't?





DominionMM1
March 17th 2013



9786 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

greatest hits sux cuz no damn that river, rain when I die, down in a hole, sickman, dirt, godsmack, hate to feel, sea of sorrow,
bleed the freak, confusion, the real thing, i can't remember, sunshine, brush away, head creeps, god am, nothin song,
brother, got me wrong, right turn, rotten apple, nutshell, or don't follow.

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undertakerpt
July 26th 2013



1263 Comments


Good idea = connect 4

Bad idea = connect 1



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