Alice in Chains
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here


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by PsychicChris USER (52 Reviews)
August 6th, 2013 | 13 replies | 1,237 views


Release Date: 05/28/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Alice In Chains's second album with William DuVall upholds the band's expectations but is a much safer listen than its oddball title would suggest.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Four years after Black Gives Way to Blue blew the rock world’s collective mind, Alice In Chains has come back with their fifth full-length album and second to feature guitarist/vocalist William DuVall. That album’s success and ensuing tours gave the band the right to be complacent. But while The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here upholds the band’s expectations for excellence, it’s a much safer listen than its oddball title would suggest.

For the most part, the album doesn’t stray too far from the one before it and could be described as a “typical” Alice In Chains effort. Jerry Cantrell continues to dominate and define the sound as his riffs provide a murky atmosphere and his vocal harmonize well in the rare moments when he is not singing lead. Fortunately, the other members still stand out as DuVall is a little more prominent than before and Mike Inez’s bass playing is as prominent and powerful as ever.

But in an odd twist, this album is somewhat brought down by it lacking the depressing mood that the band has thrived on since the days of Dirt. The tone is certainly morose and would be absolutely melancholic with a lesser band, but the ballads don’t tear your heart out as badly and there isn’t a heavy track that truly makes you want to crawl in a hole and die. It’s as if the band exorcised their last demons with Black Gives Way To Blue and is still figuring out what to do with their newfound freedom.

Fortunately, the band’s songwriting prowess ultimately prevails and the songs continue to showcase their signature variety. The heavier songs prove to be the strongest as the sludgy riffs on “Hollow” and “Stone” make them obvious choices for singles, the title track serves as a smooth successor to “Love, Hate, Love,” “Phantom Limb” is an doomy update of “Sickman” and “Junkhead,” and “Lab Monkey” dares to be among the slowest songs under the Alice In Chains name. The ballads are also put together well with “Voices” being a particular highlight.

If Black Gives Way To Blue was the glorious comeback that no one expected to be good, then The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here is the great album that everyone expected to be glorious. They’ll certainly never get to the same mindset as their early 90s reign, but this album is cut from the same cloth as its predecessor and should please a good bulk of its fans. Now where’s another acoustic EP? You bastards are way overdue…

Current Highlights:
“Stone”
“Voices”
“The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”
“Lab Monkey”
“Phantom Limb”

Originally published at http://psychicshorts.blogspot.com



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Comments:Add a Comment 
PsychicChris
August 5th 2013



210 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So apparently it is possible to write an Alice In Chains review without mentioning Layne Staley.

Oops.

SitarHero
August 6th 2013



4645 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good job on the non-Staley mention. Good review too. Pos.

YoYoMancuso
August 6th 2013



10994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

You really take this album for what it is. Pos.

tempest--
August 6th 2013



13012 Comments


Jesus don't like a queer.

Digging: Kimbra - The Golden Echo

BigPleb
August 6th 2013



35264 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

T/t is still my jam.

Gwyn.
August 6th 2013



14987 Comments


2.0 poor porch | May 27th 13

rockin stuff, if you're in the demographic that puts their birthyear in their username or have a photo of a guitar or drums in your profile pic you gotta acquire and 4.5 this shit

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ksoflas
August 6th 2013



359 Comments


Pos'd for sure.

BigPleb
August 6th 2013



35264 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

gwyn :D

NagasakiBombers
August 6th 2013



25 Comments


The devil put dinosaurs here, Jesus don't like no queer

Gwyn.
August 6th 2013



14987 Comments


yah, sup leb

amemento
August 6th 2013



1425 Comments


i got a photo of porch as my facebook profile picture i hope that gives me licence to rate this lowly

hiyabootchie
August 6th 2013



342 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Some good tracks on this but it wore off on me quicker than I anticipated. Maybe be cause they played it "safe" as you suggest.

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Sciroccu
August 6th 2013



758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

one of their best for sure !



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