Alice in Chains
Sap


4.0
excellent

Review

by warningpunk USER (3 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 10 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist


Alice in Chains - Sap EP (1992)

Released in 1992, Alice in Chains' second release on Columbia and first EP was only supposed to be a throw-away type album of a few acoustic ballads, but turned into a musical bridge between 1990's Facelift, which was a very energetic debut, however, the songwriting and music was not yet developed, and 1992's Dirt, the band's magnum opus which showcased the band at their artistic peak. The general mood of the album is a somber one, uncovering the band's softer, more meloncholy side, and features some classic Alice in Chains tunes. As underrated as it gets, Sap has an amazing feeling to it that can never be duplicated. Not quite as depressing as Dirt but not as uplifting as Jar of Flies, Sap served to show everyone that they were capable of writing beautiful songs without skimping on their signature sound.


Track by Track Review

Brother - Quiet acoustic intro, sweet vocal harmonizing between Layne & Jerry, with a sitar-sounding guitar part to start the song. The verse features Jerry's vocals sung through a processor and builds up into the chorus, which is beautiful and bruised in its own right. The solo is great, not too long or frantic, matching the pace of the song perfectly. The lyrics are a plus as well, written about a long-lost brother/friend. 4.5/5

Got Me Wrong - More fast paced than Brother, Got Me Wrong kicks off with a short chord progression and some solo guitar, then proceeds into the verse. The verse is sung softly by Layne, showcasing his vocal abilities and also features some bouncing bass courtesy of Mike Starr. The chorus explodes into distortion and the breakdown is downright brilliant, making you want to sing along. This is one of Alice in Chains' best songs and this version is the best. 5/5

Right Turn - The most beautiful song on the record. Features Chris Cornell, Mark Arm, along with Jerry & Layne's signature harmonizing, so you know the vocals are excellent. Acoustic guitar, tambourine percussion, and just before the song finishes, a nice finale with Chris. Very solid song, could have been better. 4/5

Am I Inside? - Meloncholy and scarred, the song features piano and a very depressed guitar part, with some nice vocals by Layne. The chorus picks up a bit, then the single best part on the album, the coda of "Man's beside himself! Man's below himself!" with Layne and Jerry harmonizing. Very underrated, listen to it all the way through! 4.5/5

Love Song - Stupid, pointless, but simply Alice in Chains' goofing around. Probably shouldn't have been included on the album, but it is. The song is worth listening to if you want a glimpse into the band members sense of humor. 2/5

Summary - Ranks among AIC's finest, behind only Dirt and Jar of Flies. If you're a fan of Alice in Chains, this makes a very intriguing listen, if not, it's a good introduction to their softer side.

Score - 4.25 out of 5


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Werny
March 25th 2005


148 Comments


Even amongst hardcore AiC fans this Ep is highly underrated.

It's not metal, it's just rock.

I always end it before Love Song, because it's a funny song but it's on a beautiful album.

I have no idea who the female vocalist is, but she has a farking beautiful voice and adds so much to the songs that it's not funny.

Every song is deep, gorgeous and simply perfect.

The quality of the sound makes you feel like you're in the room with the gang.

If your local record store has Jar of Flies/Sap (they usually never have Sap by itself), buy it now.

I give it 5/5, best song is probably Brother.

Temple of the Dead
March 30th 2005


3 Comments


Great Album. The singer on Brother is Ann Wilson from Zeppelin fanatics Heart. It is also great to see Cornell( my favourite singer of all time) singing with Jerry and Layne.

warningpunk
April 12th 2005


10 Comments


Nice to see someone has "Singles".

f_u_c_t
August 23rd 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i dont why i didnt buy this. I was really looking for Facelift, or Jar of Flies, but this was the only one there. oh well.

metallicaman8
August 23rd 2006


4677 Comments


I like this album, I think I may review it.

f_u_c_t
September 19th 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

although it only has 4 songs, those 4 songs a really good

Filbz
February 10th 2007


12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

people bitch about their favorite "metal" bands today, about how "hardcore" bands like avenged sevenfold or my chemical romance are, but someone tell me they have more talent than jerry cantrel posesses in his index finger with a straight face. i treasure this album, and album to me it is, because the quality of the art, and it is art, demands such aknowledgement. this review could not be more spot on or perfect, excellent :]

sba4life
June 18th 2008


363 Comments


brother is one of my fav aic tracks. yes very underated. Got me wrong is on Clerks

Rugter32
December 18th 2008


754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Never was a big fan of Brother or Am I Inside. And Love song is a mess. Still, Right Turn is great, and Got Me Wrong is easily top 10 AiC material. 3/5, would give it more if not for love song.

ArsMoriendi
June 2nd 2014


4374 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Stupid, pointless"

Those aren't necessarily bad thing, but okay.

Digging: Stanley Clarke - School Days



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