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This is a great 1st album that any band should have been proud to make. Although it's production is more understated than "Dirt", It still is in my opinion on a par with "Dirt" for songs. "Dirt" has more peaks and troughs, with of course some standout classics. "Dirt" is a darker and can leave you yearning for hope album. This is perhaps it's only slight flaw, but then again this is only my opinion. Facelift on the other hand has more lyrical subject matter variety. I don't think that in all the years of listening to rock vocalists I have heard anyone with the artistry and flair that Layne Staley had - truly amazing! He pretty much covers all the human emotions there are to sing in this record. There are influences, namely Black Sabbath through to Led Zeppelin Listen to the similarity between Zepps classic "Since I Have Been Loving You", on Led Zepp III and Alice in Chains classic "Love Hate Love" and you can hear the influences. "Man in a Box" is the other real standout track on this, but apart from these two, their are a lot of good tracks with excellent guitar playing from Jerry Cantrell to compliment Staley's remarkable singing talents Very recommended!
This is Alice In Chains debut album. And it's a heavy, hard rock/metal affair. While not as lyrically dark as their second album, and ultimate masterpiece, Dirt. It nevertheless establishes Alice In Chains outside of the underground. ALice In Chains were more metallic than their contemporaries and it's noticeable throughout the album. Top songs include: Man In The Box (which was heavily rotated on MTV), Sea Of Sorrow, Real Thing, We Die Young. They became regulars on college radio in America, but didn't breakthrough until their second album DIRT. Which I recommend you buy as well. I just love this album to bits. This is one of the most important breakout records from the early 90's that helped establish grunge (and Seattle) as a force to be reckoned with. It will be looked back years to come as one of the defining rock albums of the nineties.
Brilliant Album! Every track a winner! Not as good as their follow-up album, the seminal classic that is Dirt, but a great fore-runner in establishing that formidable AIC sound! Fans of the band will not be disappointed and newcomers should likewise be drawn in to AIC Grungy, heavy metal sound with which we all love! Standout tracks are album opener We Die Young, with it's cool groove and Crushing riffs, follow on track Man in a Box,another great tune and the Amazing Bleed the Freak, which you'll either be singing along with or humming for weeks! Great album. Highly Recommended. Get it in!
This is a very good re issue of this album. The original album is spread over 2 LP's which make the sound quality even better. The wrapping was excellent this time, so the album arrived in mint condition.