Many bands on their debut album do not exactly know what is gonna sound good and what they are best at. Therefore, we find many debut albums where there was no focus and it ended up in a mish mash, with a lot of different things being tried out. Sometimes great bands find that they are good at most of it, and therefore the experiment is a success, but most good bands find that they are competent at most things but deadly at only one. I suppose that was the state of Alice in Chains at the time of this, their debut. They tried punk, funk etc, and most of the album drags. However, the first four songs completely rock and are classics, and should be there on any AIC compilation album. Those ones are of course in many ways the precursor to Dirt and are the stylistic origins of AIC. I have already described those in my ramblings on Dirt and Jar of Flies. However, the only song that would have fitted well on Dirt is the opener itself, “We Die Young” which is in many ways the signature AIC song, and a little disturbing seeing as what happened in the course of the following decade or so.
I can be accused of not having heard closely what happens after those 4 beauties, but I shall tell you straight up that I have hardly heard anything to note closely, other than that there is an RHCP flavour to some songs, which hardly sits well with me. I like the death and desperation style and feeling better guys. Feels like AIC. Feels metal.
Recommended Songs- We Die Young, Man in the Box, Sea of Sorrow, Bleed the Freak, and trust me, these are very, very good.
– Baba T
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