Dirt is the second studio album by the American rock band Alice in Chains, released on September 29, 1992, through Columbia Records. Peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart, the album received critical acclaim. It has since been certified four-times platinum by the RIAA and gone on to sell five million copies worldwide, making Dirt the band's highest selling album to date. It was also the band's last album recorded with all four original members, as bassist Mike Starr was fired in January 1993 during the tour to support the album. The album spawned five singles: "Would?", "Them Bones", "Angry Chair", "Rooster", and "Down in a Hole", all with accompanying music videos. Dirt was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. The music video for "Would?" was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film, as the song was featured on the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's 1992 film Singles. The songs on the album focused on depression, pain, anger, anti-social behavior, relationships, drug addiction (primarily heroin), war, death, and other emotionally charged topics. The track "Iron Gland" features Tom Araya from Slayer on vocals. Most of the music from the album was written by guitarist Jerry Cantrell, but for the first time vocalist Layne Staley wrote two songs by himself ("Hate to Feel" and "Angry Chair"), both also featuring Staley on guitar. In retrospect, the album has continued to receive acclaim, with Rolling Stone placing the album at No. 26 on its list of the 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time. Dirt was included in the 2005 book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. It was voted "Kerrang! Critic's Choice Album of the Year". Guitar World named Dirt as the best guitar album of 1992. Loudwire named it as one of the best Metal albums of the 1990s, and Rolling Stone ranked it at No. 6 on its list of "50 Greatest Grunge Albums" in 2019. Alice in Chains' fourth studio album, Black Gives Way to Blue, was released on the 17th anniversary of Dirt, on September 29, 2009.Wikipedia
An album like Dirt is catnip to critics because the music seems to match the life experience of its creators, which gives them an opening to talk about personalities instead of music. And sure enough, Dirt is relentlessly queasy, claustrophobic and tortured. But I can say that without having listened carefully to the lyrics--it's all in the music. How does Alice in Chains pull it off? They create disorientation through odd and shifting time signatures and sections which border on the atonal. The queasiness comes from guitarist Jerry Cantrell's guitar tone, which is typically swathed in reverb and flange, and the almost melismatic singing style of Layne Stanley, which is compounded whenever he doubles or triples his vocals in parallel voicings. The claustrophobia is achieved by allowing almost no empty spaces in the music. Even in the quieter moments, Dirt is a non-stop assault. When you add in the killer hooks from singles like Would?, Rooster, and Angry Chair, and you have the recipe for one of the great rock albums from the grunge era.
The perfect album to put on when I just want to feel like shit.
Classic album from the grunge era. Excellent song writing with great melodies, harmonies, and heavy guitar sounds. The whole band sound fantastic on this record. Also one of the greatest opening riffs to any album, ever.
really not my thing, cringy vocals paired with boring, rigid and unvaried instrumentation.
knew i liked it - didn't remember how fucking much i liked it - shit was dope
A fuse of metal and grunge that brought Alice In Chains to the mainstream. For a mainstream record in the 90s though, this was a pretty stark and gnarly album. I do like Layne Staley’s voice and quite a few of the songs, but some of them just don’t have the memorability that I thought they might have. I still tend to prefer Nirvana and Soundgarden over AIC. Favorite song: Rooster Least favorite song: Hate to Feel
This is pretty great and wished I'd heard it when I was younger; heavier than I was anticipating (sort of a sludge metal/grunge hybrid) with some absolute monster riffs - the opening 1-2-3 of Them Bones, Dam That River and Rain When I Die is unstoppable. Being an hour-long album largely about drug addiction with pretty grimey production, it can often be a bleak and difficult listen - especially knowing the eventual tragic fate of the lead singer Layne Staley. It may have been better being slightly shorter, but I honestly don't know what I'd cut - in isolation, there's not really a bad track here and it does flow very well. A strong 4/5. Favourite tracks: Them Bones / Dam That River / Junkhead
I remember being scared of Alice in Chains when I was a kid, and having listened to it now, I was right to be scared. This is dark stuff, but I can appreciate them so much more now. Drugs suck. Them Bones is a perfect opening track. Really great work on that song. Sets the tone, awesome licks and the chorus is solid. Dam the River is an angry song. Then Rain When I Die is one bummer of a song. It could be taken to mean that he'll die right be fore the "rain" that could have saved him. Or it could just grunge angst about death and rain and darkness. As I read, I see that the two main songwriters, Jerry and Layne had a tumultuous relationship to say the least and Layne tended to write the darker, sadder, drug related stuff, and Jerry wrote about girls. Also, a girl named Demri apparently had quite a grip on Layne in some way. Down in a Hole sounds like a Layne song, and it's excellent. Great rock song that has elements of grunge, ballad, and alternative styles. As I write this I discovered I am wrong and Jerry wrote this about a girl named Courtney, but Layne singing it certainly fits his persona. Oof, Sickman is a drug song. Jesus, to be so aware of your addiction and express these thoughts only to inevitably fall victim to them is just so tragic. This song is so segmented; I think the idea here is to mirror the manic wildness of the high and then follow it with the self-loathing low afterwards. The video for "Rooster" tells you everything you need to know. Very important song for the band, and one that makes you think about war, parents, life, everything. Junkhead - another drug song, but a totally different take than Sickman. Sickman can be seen as a metaphorical journey, but Junkhead is on one hand an honest account of a user and on another an admittance of helplessness. Either way, it's dark as hell. What I did just read though makes this album amazing. A theory is that Junkhead, Dirt, God Smack, Iron Glad, Hate to Feel, and Would? are all an interconnected mini-concept album on the cycle of drugs. Listening to it that way made for a hell of a trip, and if it is indeed the point of this final suite, it makes the album far more epic.
Murky, sinister and sounds massive. Also rocks
The grungy sameness of it all makes for difficult listening.
Not as bad as expected but still awful.
Omg ooof. It's one of my sister's favorite bands but good lord oof.
🤢 no. Not for me.
Listened to it once, will never probably listen to it again.
Most depressing album ever? At least of the grunge era which is not a small thing... A masterpiece in any case...
Yeah, Alice in Chains is always cool
I was about to go to sleep, but this album had me just so hyped that I wasn't able to for another 2 hours, I love it, possibly the best grunge album of all time, yes, I think it's better than nevermind.
Such a classic album. Everything is on point here from the singing to the drums. One of the best grunge albums of all time
Cantrell and Staley are the single best 2-man combo in music, and this album is their peak (except maybe Facelift or Jar of Flies, depending on the day). 5/5.
Loved every second of this album. Always thought Alice in Chains would be too heavy for me and didn't give them a chance, but this was the perfect blend of eerie, dark, intimate, and foreboding. Just truly fucking epic and awesome. This is the kind of album I had hoped to discover through this platform
Too much, and not enough to say.
I remember taking a trip to Romania back in the mid-nineties with my best friend Frosty Ian. After guzzling at least a dozen dark beers, we found ourselves in the backroom of a dingey, smoked filled bar. Alice in Chains was playing which really brought the mood down. Ian was in a bad way and sank deeper into a battered up old sofa with every swig he took. I was slurring my words and dribbling all over the ear and neck of a washed up barmaid with a pair of tits like a broken accordion and a fanny like a crow's deathbed. She must have been desperate for some action, because before we knew it she was straddling Ian's rigid length, whilst I tried to thumb my soft cock into her cesspit of a gob. This broad loved it and squealed as we both jizzed in her eyes. She scrambled round like a maltreated Stevie Wonder, as Ian and I high fived and wiped her blood from our faces and penises. We headed off into the night laughing and making wise cracks about the monstrous rogering we just gave that disgusting troll.
Alice In Chains nous prouve encore une fois que faire du heavy metal tout en ayant une belle voix nasale, c'est possible.
Metal meets grunge!
Somehow I missed out on this band during their heyday. I got into the other bigger ones from the Era (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden) and must have figured I was all set. But I saw Singles a million times and knew "Would" from that movie. It's bizarre, I love Nirvana and Pearl Jam and like some other grunge acts. But this one for me is just OK. Two good songs.
You would think someone who likes Pearl Jam as I do would also like this, but I've never been a fan. Something about the vocals and the style of guitar playing. Similar to the reasons I don't like Metallica. I can see the appeal of this for some, but not for me. 2 stars.
i dont like these album choices, every album i listened to i didn't like or hated probably gonna stop with this website
Couldn’t get through this. Not a fan
I'm learning that my 90s instinct was not wrong. I knew of this album. I'd heard "Would?" and quite liked that. But I steered well away from the album. Listening to Dirt now, it's really full-on, the loud Jerry 'n' Layne's loud chiming voices powering in unison, emphasising things that don't need emphasis. At times there's a camp delight to the lyrics, the earnest adolescent subject matter. But the whole album was a lot to consume in one sitting and it doesn't inspire a repeat listen.
This heavy rock (metal) has never been my cup of tea. One or two redeeming songs I thought.
Not for me. A hard listen.
Love this album. It was helping me trhough my Bachelor thesks.
Un imprescindible del rock, de principio a fin es un disco perfecto.
Wow this is so emotional
Definitely a classic and one of my faves from this era
Een album dat ik al lang heb willen luisteren maar er nooit van is gekomen. eerste twee tracks lekker riff based, mooie gitaar solo's. - rain when I die : is "she" de dood herself? "Did she call my name? I think it's gonna rain Oh, when I die" EPIC vocals wel in de chorus. voor de rest weer lekker gitaarwerk en mooie basintro. - down in a hole: heerlijke harmonies tussen lead guitar en lead vocal, both can sing. Een meer rustig nummer dat de emoties en de boodschap mooi meegeeft. standouttrack so far. - sickman: "I can feel the wheel but I can't steer When my thoughts become my biggest fear" --> relatable. zeer lekkere riffs man. speciaal nummer maar wel echt graaf. -rooster: grave opbouw, zang heeft iets speciaal als hij uithaalt en het rauwe in zijn stem naar boven komt. mooie tribute naar de papa rooster. - junkhead: drug abuse addict to addict. zanger is jammer genoeg zelf overleden aan OD. - dirt net zoals de rest raw vocals en instrumentaal sterk. - god smack: einde van de drugtrilogie ( junkhead, dirt en godsmack) -iron gland : enter SLAYEEEEEEEEEEEEEER -hate to feel: zet de toon verder van de rest van het album: STEIREK. - angry chair: ze zijn duidelijk boos.. sterke vocals met sterke instrumentals. - would? : het enige nummer dat ik al kende van AiC. THIS IS IT. verses gezongen door lead guitar, chorus door lead singer. prachtig nummer. MI MA MASTERPIECE? ik twijfel nog. al denk ik wel dat het nog groeit hoe vaker je luistert. JA het moet in den boek SOWIESO must listen, dus daarom de 5.
Love this album. Digs deep and the music is masterfully done. The album just bangs through and rocks on. 9.3/10
The absolute best.
Like Bones, Junkhead, Rooster.
Il miglior disco dell'era grunge.
5/5 - love this album
Killer. Several great hits and pretty much every other song holds up well. A lot of them do sound similar, but that's really my only criticism... And what's wrong with that when they rock so hard?
One of my favorite albums.
Det är så bra!! I ren lyssningsvolym måste detta vara på min topp 10 all time-lista. Men Layne Staley är ju så *otroligt* deprimerad, väljer att inte reflektera över vad det betyder för mig. Them Bones, Rooster, Would? Kanonriff på kanonriff! Älskar Jerry Cantrells gitarrspel så mycket. Inte en tråkig stund, varje låt är ägig
Iconic Grunge record. Layne Staley's voice gives me goosebumps
Absolutely one of the best
This album is a HUGE part of my late teens/early 20's. The one-two punch of Them Bones then Dam That River might just be my favourite opening to an album ever. Then it just keeps going. So many incredible tracks here, where both the playing AND songwriting are immaculate. One of the best rock albums ever. Absolutely loved revisiting this behemoth.
Donker, ietwat bombastisch, zo heb ik mijn muziek wel graag. Topalbum
5/5. 👍 Kinda sad doe
I haven't listened to this in maybe 7 or 8 years and wasn't sure how it would hold up... ooh boy it holds up. Dirt is certainly the right word, everything about this is pure grit and filth The swaggering riffs! The dense, enveloping vocals! The sheer power of the lyrics and songwriting! Is it grunge? Is it metal? Who cares - it absolutely slaps
The best grunge album. Period.
Damn this has so many good songs on this. Them Bones is sUCH a good opener.
how dare they even ask, fucking 5
Fucking love it
Tja, niet de meest vrolijke of lichtvoetige plaat, maar wat een gewelsige energie en drive! Echt alles is raak. Fantastisch album, waar heel veel herinneringen aan vast zitten.
Ja, eindelijk weer eens 5 sterren, het is jammer dat ik niet meer sterren kan uitdelen, want dit is echt een geweldig album waar ik veel herinneringen aan heb.
Another great one from high school, I've listened to this album countless times
A pretty damn perfect album
A grunge masterpiece.
A kick-ass grunge classic with a focus on heavy subject matter lyraclly. Outside of some tracks in the middle, all of the songs here could pass as singles for how heavy and memorable they are. Favourites: "Them Bones", "Rain When I Die", "Down In A Hole", "Rooster", "Angry Chair"
Such deep sorrow and hurt can be felt in this music. Such a good album - one of my all-time favs.
I know it’s grunge and that’s it. I’am a bit if a newbie to grunge only knowing nevermind and ten before this but still lets see how it is: The album starts with the song them bones, arguably a strange song to open off an album but still a good song with a killer guitar solo. Dam that river is quite good, really choppy guitars, and another good solo. Does show how good the singing is for what it’s meant to be. Rain when I die has these really strange guitars, not too sure if it works to be fair, the intro is a little long but I know longer ones. The song is alright, it has a nice chorus which really complements the guitars. The short bridge is cool too. Down in a hole slows down the pace of the album significantly which is good as it shows the verity of the band. It’s really good though just not one that will probably stick out in the future. Stickman is another slower one it’s cool there is an angrier bit as well but it dwells in the slower sludgier side honestly what a song! Rooster is good too, really slow and great lyrics another favourite alongside stickman! Junkhead goes back to the heaviness of the earlier tracks. It’s still fairly nice but just overshadowed by the rest of the tracklist. The title track has a really cool guitar riff so sludgy and heavy. I’am not too sure about the slowness of the singing on the verses on here but still passes overall for me. Next is god smack, the only reason why I’ve herd of this song before is because there’s a not very good band with the exact same name. The song itself is alright the singing is a bit odd on the verses but it’s good just like junkhead it isn’t as good as the others. Then is an untitled track it’s alright just some yelling and an alright lead in to… Hate to feel is one if the sludgier songs in the verses then completely breaks into a pre chorus that slowly leads into the simple but effective chorus. Great outro too. Now the penultimate track angry chair another sludgier song, one I really enjoyed! Great lyrics, great singing, great guitars all you need. The album ends in would?, a great closer not necessary a slow song but slow by their standards what a song honestly!,and the lyrics fit for the closer too! Yeah, I liked it has to be a 5/5 even with two weaker songs.
The darkness and pain at the core of this album emanate aggressively outwards. It grabs you in a vicelike grip and doesn’t let go, immersing you in a world of unbearable raw agony, even after the album is over. It lives in the exact point of intersection between metal and grunge. It’s a tragic listen when you’re already very familiar with Layne Staley’s unfortunate story. But it is ultimately cathartic. And it fucking bangs. Would? is my all-time favourite AIC song; the way it builds is fucking flawless. And it closes the album perfectly. Goddamn magnificent album.
¿Por qué nunca les puse la atención que merecen? Este disco es una joya, de pies a cabeza. Pesado, movido, buenos riffs, una delicia. Va cayendo un poco al final pero Would hace un cierre enorme del disco. Songs: Would?, Rain When I Die, God Smack
Really great album throughout and hits hard. "Down in a Hole" is the best song on the album, IMO. 9/10.
Sempre preciso. Fundamentalmente foda.
So many epic songs and no junk filler.
Super album, een van de gaafste in het grunge album
I grew up on 90's grunge and it is by far my favorite genre of music. Of the big 4 (AIC, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Sound Garden), I'd rank AIC as my 3rd favorite. I like the dual vocals of Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell. It's a shame that the same addictions that fuelled such powerful lyrics and themes of their songs ultimately led to the deaths of multiple figures in the grunge scene. This album is packed with hit after hit. I would say that this is their best album.
A classic. Bought this on cd when I was in middle school. Not a bad track on this album
1992 was a crazy good year for music, and Dirt is a strong contender for best album of 1992. Every song on Dirt is a banger, there arent ANY weak tracks. Its also one of the clearest "cries for help" you'll ever hear. 5/5
This album could've just been 30 minutes of white noise and Rooster, and It'd still be great. Instead, you get to hear an hour of sick riffs and self-deprecation through a haunting voice. What an album.
Love this album so much!
A grunge masterpiece. Every song memorable. “Would?” is the perfect ending!
Yeah! Seen these guys 6 times. Always an opener, and weird pairings too. Van Halen, Aerosmith. I saw them open for Poison in '89, a last minute replacement for Warrant in Portland, Or. Someone said find me a replacement Now! and someone else said there's this band in Seattle making waves. AIC got booed off the stage. Poison fans were not ready for this. Pretty sure they thought hair metal was going to be around for ever. But then flannel became en vouge. Anyway. Great album. Facelift was better. Fucking love these guys.
Dark, heavy, badass, angry. I loved AIC and this album as a teenager. Bone crushing guitar work, awesome vocals, really cool use of vocal harmonies to darken the sound even more. Favorite song: Would?
love Alice in chains
Incroyable que ce soit le premier album proposé alors que je l'ai écouté des dizaines de fois!!!
Slaps. Has some funky rhythms. Conveys the message and the emotions behind it really well.
Capolavoro triste e avvolgente. La voce di Staley è una meraviglia ultraterrena.
Still as good as ever. Musically Alice in Chains were head and shoulders above all of the other 'grunge' bands. The song writing is spectacular. It, of course is not going to be everyone's taste. There are arguments that can be made that Layne Stanley was not as an accomplished vocalist as Chris Cornell, and these I could agree with. Nevertheless the finished product is better than that of Soundgarden, Nirvana, Mudhoney or even Temple of the Dog. Yes there is some filler on Dirt (Hate to Feel and God Smack) but very little. For me this is the exemplary album for grunge - a solid 5 stars
[admit that grunge hits wheelhouse] [reference lead singer’s death from overdose] [list other grunge and grunge-adjacent artists who died from overdose] [short aside about 27 club] [back on topic about constant energy of album] [mention awesome guitar work by guitarist] [allude to depressing topic of most of the songs] [concede to compulsion to rate album five stars]
90's grunge was jam packed with incredible bands. I used to say that "Alice in Chains are the most underrated grunge band" and then I would say "Stone Temple Pilots are the most underrated grunge band" and then I would say "Nirvana are actually the most underrated grunge band" "No wait it's Pearl Jam- yes, the massively famous band Pearl Jam are underrated". All of those statements are true. I have so many great memories with this band and this album. Track 1- "Them Bones" was the first guitar solo I ever learned. Accomplishing it was a true euphoric moment in my life. Track 4- "Down In A Hole" was the teenage depression anthem in my house for both my brother and I in those early teen years. I think it's one of the best songs ever about depression. Track 13- "Would" is so heavy and catchy and MASSIVE sounding. It's also a song that is serious yet the music video has this one funny moment in it - at 3:20 when Layne turns to the camera and says "WOULD" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nco_kh8xJDs) and my friends and I used to mimic it every time we would say the word "would" There's so much weight in the songs, such a heavy production that compliments the arrangements so damn well. The melodies are genuinely catchy like pop songs, but are in minor keys and covered by distorted guitars and raspy voices. The vocal harmonies are SO impressive and different for grunge/rock music. I have yet to hear a rock/metal band do harmonies like Alice in Chains. Dirt is a 5/5 for me and possibly one of my top 10 albums of all time. Layne was a gift, Jerry Cantrell is a gift, Sean Kinney is a gift, Mike Inez is a gift. AIC is a GIFT!
I love this album, one of my favorites of all time!
Hard Heavy prog perfection
One of my all time favorite grunge albums. I have this artwork hanging on the wall of my apartment.
With arms swinging right out the gate, Alice in Chains brings us to a hell unfathomable and unceasingly catastrophic with this grunge masterpiece. It is not hard to understand why this is frequently heralded as a classic of its era and beyond, what with very few concessions to the mainstream and a neverending quest to delve deep into the grotesque centers that they've become very accustomed to. A 1990s cornerstone and a essential listen.
Never listened to an AIC album all the way through. Impressive sound, harmonies. Songwriting is unique in the grunge mold. And a lot of hits on this one.
This is my favorite flavor of 90s metal. The music is massive. Super crunchy. And Cantrell's solos are face-meltingly good. Add to that lyrics that are self-aware and intelligent and it's hard to find anything to fault. Yes, I know that the vocals are polarizing. They don't bother me in the slightest, however. Especially given the fantastic harmonies at play here. These ain't your usual 3rd-step harmonies. These vocal lines were clearly written by folks who understood how to construct complex melody lines. And I just can't get past the sheer intelligence of the songwriting. There's not a dumb song in here. Every one of them deals with serious stuff and does so with a poeticism, awareness, and maturity that just adds to the gravitas. I thought it was brilliant. Immediately listened to it twice through.
I discovered Alice in Chains in my teenage years, during my grunge craze. They were easily one of my favorite discoveries to come out of that phase, and this album is a big reason as to why. This is grunge that maintains a metal edge, and Alice in Chains are masters at making it work. This album starts with a bang with "Them Bones", and in my opinion, does not let up. Every track is a dirty headbanger. Even the slower tracks have capturing, gritty guitar and substantial vocals and harmonies. Rooster has one of the greatest musical build-ups of all time with some of the band's most prime instrumental and vocal oddities. It's irresistible. Overall, the band deploys a lot of other unique vocal and instrumental tricks and styles that I don't have the musical knowledge to describe, but it creates a very specific Alice in Chains signature style, and that signature is in its prime and peak on this album. Suffice to say, I never have to wonder or guess who I'm hearing when Alice in Chains comes on. I wouldn't say this is a perfect 5 for me, but it's such a high 4 that I just may as well round up at this point.
alice in chains is an artist whose music i only know from the radio--so only their biggest hits. i enjoyed what i knew, but i wasn't quite prepared for this album. alice in chains go so hard! every song is different yet masterfully crafted. dirt is a great combination of metal and grunge; it's gritty and it's dark. there is a heavy purpose in the songs combined with meaningful lyrics. while a lot of their songs have a focus on drugs, there's a lot of relatability regardless of your drug status. "hate to feel" must be about heroin ("pin cushion medicine") but covers the pain someone can feel at any given time ("hate to see (wish i couldn't see at all)/hate to feel (wish i couldn't feel at all)"). and alice in chains shows somewhat of a softer side--as much as you can with grunge and metal, anyway. "down in a hole" isn't soft per se, but as one of the softer songs on the album, its lyrics hit home and are beautifully written. it's no surprise this song endures to this day. there hasn't been as much metal on this list as there probably should be. dirt is definitely a prime album and its place on this list is well deserved. i will definitely enjoy listening to this album more and more.
Levy/bändi jonka tiesin olevan suuri aukko omassa musiikkisivistyksessä. Ihan täysin tämä ei vastannut korkeita odotuksia, vaikka erittäin mielellään levyn muutamaan kertaan läpi kuuntelikin. Biisit olivat ehkä keskenään hieman liian samankaltaisia, joskin keskimäärin laatukkaita.
Perfect album to celebrate Fat Riff Friday
That whole album is tops
Maybe it's because I was frustrated today but damn I've always thought alice in chains was overrated, but really enjoyed the tracks of this album that weren't always on the radio when I was growing up. Hits still were exhausting, but the stuff in between was way better than I ever would have expected!
Bon album grunge, 4*
Boa, melhor desses rock que ouvi até agora
Its the more metally side of grunge (for me) and was a few years before i really gave a shit about music but I enjoyed this album. Some great guitars and decent tunes on this. 4/5
Never listened to them before. a lot better than I thought!
Great album! So many bangers. Stands out as more metal than grunge
Solid album. Really enjoyed it. I think I would have given it a 5 if it was either slightly shorter or less repetitive but great overall.
I could write lots about Alice in Chains. Been listening to them since I was... 11? Listening to this album in full, as an adult... Holy crap, the content is a new level of heavy. Some seriously strong music here, classic Alice in Chains, amazing vocal harmonies, hugely influential album.. Okay I'll stop. A 4 but not 5 as I don't think this is their strongest album, but it is a classic.
Alice in Chains redore le blason du metal, jusque la sali par des groupes minables pratiquant le desormais tristement celebre trash metal
Solid, have listened to multiple plays in the past. Rooster is a well done song.
Lot of nostalgia tied up on this album.
Mitte bis Ende des Albums ist sehr gut!
overall thoughts: oh yeah this sum good 90s hard rock right here. I've always heard of this band yet hadn't listened to their material until now. the first track is SICK with those AHHs in the beginning lol. lotta goodies, & tho I do like his voice he does pronounce some things funny. lyrically, pretty sick too. 4/5. fave tracks: them bones, dirt, junkhead, untitled, angry chair, would?
Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Them bones, Dam that river, Rooster, Would?
Ja ga ik nog eens beluisteren
This album rules. New workout soundtrack
I have always needed a great excuse to listen to this album and here we are! Well, I’ve got to say, I loved this album. It’ll definitely be on high rotation.
Very grueling in the right ways. Gritty, Angry, frustrated. Missing the pump up to a 5, but a damn fine mood album.
4.5 for sure. So many good tracks on here and pretty much the quintessential grunge sound.
An underrated grundge record, but hella, hella cool! 4/5
Seriously miss the grudge sound...solid album from a time when I was just discovering "my own" music as opposed to just what my parents had on the radio
solid grunge album, jerry cantrell riffage
Not my favorite 90s grunge band but this album has some great guitarwork and powerful vocals.
Strong 4 stars. Best Album Opener? YES. Another collection of great 90's hard rock and grunge.
Bit hard, but iconic
This album is one of my top 90s picks.
An interesting experience re listening to this album now I don’t dye my hair and am reasonably mentally healthy.
OVERALL I liked this one a lot! I think it's similar to a lot of stuff I listened to when I was smol Chlo, so there's a bit of nostalgia in there for me, but I think it's a good version of what it is (if that makes sense??) Somehow I missed Alice In Chains when I was in my grungy phase...lets go Them Bones: c r u n c h y (also did NOT age well in the context of Layne Staleys death aaaaaaa don't Google it its bloody tragic) Rain When I Die: I like the melody in the chorus where he goes \"I think its gonna raaAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIyaaaiyaaaaiyaaaaiyaaaaainnnnn\" Down In A Hole: props for rhyming \"hole\" with \"small\" Sickman: really like the twisty time change (not sure this song needed to be as long as it is though, it's getting a bit repetitive now) Rooster: I'm a sucker for an intro with this floaty guitar effect on it (what's it called?? Music people help pls??) ooooo I also like this guitar about 3 mins in that goes WHA WHA WHA WHAAAA (I did listen to the rest of the album eventually but I didn't write as I went)
4.0 - All the hits off this record still grab me with their intricate guitar work, soaring vocals, surprising harmonies and hooks. I like some of the deeper cuts that I wasn’t as familiar with, especially “Dam That River.” A couple of the late-middle tracks, “Dirt” and “God Smack”, seem to keep pounding in themes of drugs and despair, and I find myself lulled by too much of the same. But “Angry Chair” and “Would?” round out the album perfectly.
Think this will grow on me. Heavy chugging and irregular times usually do it for me. Would? is a highlight. High three/low four.
I'm not a big fan of the grunge, but this album is quite nice- it even has some metal overtones. 4/5
Man, I hated AiC growing up, but as an adult, this album has got to be one of the high points for grunge. I've always been more of a Soundgarden man than a Nirvana man (and don't even think about bringing up Pearl Jam), but this ranks up there with some of Soundgarden's best.
Very solid emotional grunge. Very moody in a good way. Pain and depression comes across in every track.
Classic! Just listened through this album for the first time in ages a couple weeks ago. Alice in Chains were so great because they were a grungier, more metal inspired grunge band from the era. All these songs take me back.
Considered to be the album that established grunge as a genre.
Geweldig album. Was in die tijd iets minder van Alice In Chains en toch meer van Pearl Jam en Nirvana, maar nummers als Them Bones, Down in a Hole en Would? zijn echt fenomenaal.
Mid 90’s at its finest. 4.75 if I could. So only 4
ah, grunge. otkrivanje ovog benda isto kao i nirvane je bilo odlično u to vrijeme, samo je što se tiče ovog benda ostalo u tim godinama, nisam ih dalje slušao kao što tipa znam nirvanu tu i tamo pustiti. dost dobar bend, sa dost dobrim stvarima, ne znam zašto, al sjećam se da sam si ovaj album pustio kada sam imao onaj sobni bicikli i onda sam opleo po tome (poput Mladena do Dubrovnika). uglavnom, najbolji njihov album, no cap. pjesme poput Them Bones, Down In a Hole, Rooster, Would? obilježile dio moje srednje.
Wasn’t a huge fan of music in this era but this is an exception.
This album manages to combine some of the best hard rock melodies and prolific yet subdued vocals. Where metal is high octane and delivered in shots in rapid succession, what we have here is high octane delivered in a steady IV drip. This type of rock is some of the best to work out to, fast enough to maintain a disciplined rhythm, slow enough to keep focused on what is being done. Hard enough to be motivated, and soft enough to sing along without attracting too much judgment. Granted, none of the aforementioned qualities a great album make. Outside of the context of a great day in the gym, "Dirt" is simply a good album. It is heavy, it is melodic, the vocals are solid, the ingredients of a solid album are all here and they pull it off. The album ages well, as the reviewer was still in grade school when this album came out in 1992. First impression guess would have placed it much later, and while the sound of the album could sound a bit dated in 21st century, there is reason to really complain here.
Sounds a little like Nirvana, a little like Tool, but not too much like either. Some nicely written grunge
I really liked this one. Hadn't heard any Alice in Chains that I remember (maybe I have) but this reminded me of a mixture of Korn, Nirvana and maybe Pantera even. Cool hard rock and I think the vocals are what elevated it for me. There is a time and place for screaming and shouting but I liked that the singer here chose less of that so his words could come across.
Wow, zaskoczyli mnie. Potężny, grunge'owo-rockowo-metalowy krążek. Pozamieniałbym trochę kolejność, żeby bardziej przepleść te mocne kawałki ze słabszymi, ale jest tu dużo solidnych utworków. Mocne riffy, koncepcja za tym jakaś stoi, niemniej jednak też przesłuchałem niemało z gatunku i nie siedzi mi na tyle, żeby dać 5.
Heavy. Dirty. Consistent. A recipe for a good album. Had much fun listening to it. Highlight: Would
Very good heavy metal.
A cool slice of grunge that I missed the first time around. Great vocals and guitars.
Var på tide med litt grunge Ikkje hørt heile før Ganske bra
Perfectly blends 80s and 90s hard rock into something fresh and pummeling
Grungy like I expect from Alice in Chains. Mostly newer songs to me with a couple old classics I knew.
Amazing that an album so angsty and introspective can be so listenable. Amidst all the gloom there is some serious musicianship going and a tightness and structure to the music that avoids the excesses, speed and maximalist sound of equally gloomy traditional heavy metal, say. I kind of dug it.
Best: Rain When I Die / Rooster / Would? Worst: God Smack / Hate to Feel
'Them Bones' is a top-5 track in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. 'Rooster' is also a song. Also: most ypt (yeah's per track) - Layne Staley or James Hetfield?
I'm fully shocked at how good Dirt is. As expected, the slower, acoustic cuts lost me a little. In more of a surprise, Would? didn't do much of anything at all. But the rest of the album is extremely good, a metallic take on grunge which affects me much the same way Skunk Anansie's funk did at first blush. The choice to integrate doomy sounds was inspired, and the writing I caught, especially on Rooster and the title track, hit hard.
Don’t really like hard rock so I had low expectations, but those vocals went kinda dummy. Had me sitting at work at 10 am on a Wednesday wanting to kill myself, but in a good way.
The vocal combo really draws me in, despite the lyrical content.
I've listened to this one a few times before. It holds up as a classic grunge album. Favorite: Them Bones
Classic album with a lot of heavy hitters
Huge mountains of sound It amazes me how pretty the guitar solos are Beautifully written lyrics allow me to hear voices from a unique perspective Thematically, it's so dark The singles all ~smack~
One of the darkest, most depressing albums I've listened to. Highly recommend.
Very good grunge album with some very iconic songs.
One of the essential grunge albums, a harrowing portrait of the destruction and misery wrought by drug addiction. Sludgy guitars and yowling, pain-filled vocals combine to make this a memorable listening experience, if not an especially pleasant one.
banger, definitely one of the best Seattle grunge albums, 4/5
Good metal album.
Early 90s in a can!
Some solid tracks, great to run to. Bit long. 7/10
No soft introduction to this album - right away you're launched into a screaming 7/4 odd time signature heavy guitar riff. Welcome to the album if you've never heard this before ha. It was always a bit fascinating to me how big this band got - not because I didn't like them - which I did quite a bit - but they seemed a band that could only have gotten huge at that particular point in musical history. Grunge had just taken hold so abrasive/angry music was the sound of the times but this took it to a new level - this album was everywhere in 1992. There was really nothing like these guys and this album was their peak - bizarre and unsettling vocal harmonies, thickythicc guitar sound, great dynamics, sludgy-stonery in a Black Sabbath kind of style yet much better musicianship, angular and unpredictably dissonant chord progressions that could then resolve into something gorgeous - all the hallmarks of the best of this band. They got the singles right on this album: "Rooster" "Would?" "Down In A Hole" are definitely the three best tracks - "Them Bones" "Dam That River" and What keeps this down just a bit is the overly-dissonant songs - which sounds like a total contradiction from what I'd just praised this album for - but some of them just don't resolve well at all (e.g. "Sickman" "God Smack" "Hate to Feel") - Although...now that I'm listening again I might be off on this critique because those are the moments that likely make the gloriously-melodic resolutions shine even more. e.g. would the album be as dramatic and awesome if those ugly moments didn't exist? hmm maybe not. But they also make the album feel a bit longer than it is, which is a shame - knock like 3 songs from this album and it would have been pretty much flawless. It's not a pretty album by design so I'm sure it's not going to be in everyone's wheelhouse, but I love it. 8/10 4 stars.
Hard hitting powerful rock. Amps you up! And incredible use of vocal harmonies. Really takes it up a notch.
Bra början, gillade att det kändes lite sorgligt men samtidigt inte.
An incredible album. There are a few clunkers that could have been dropped and brought the runtime down away from an hour. Overall, an incredibly heavy and introspective album with some of the best vocal harmonies in rock music.
Not all songs great, but a few good ones.
Classic grunge. Rooster, and Would are great tracks off this album.
It is actually dirty. But that's just fine. I managed a very deep sleep whilst trying to listen to this. I'll have to give it another go sometime.
Great rock album
I feel in love with Alice in chains as a teenager. I don't think I realized at the time how deep his addiction was. That being said this album wasn't my favorite one but lots of his songs.
I like this album but it gets a little drone-y and sounds a little repetitive at times...
So many good angry songs on here.
Didn't think I liked Alice in Chains but apparently I do.
This album was heavy without me feeling like I was being screamed at, so I really like it this. Would be good to listen to while at the gym or cleaning the house. They lost me a minute for “Godsmack” and “Untitled” but brought it back for “Hate to Feel”. Great bass and drums in this!
This is the kind of music I can't listen to for too long. Musically and lyrically...it's intense. But it should be heard.
I preferred this album to "Facelift" both then and now, it has a little more range and depth to it. I liked the quote from the producer that described them as Tommy Iommi slowed down (vs sped up for Metallica). Unlike, STP, Alice in Chains seemed authentically great and not there to capitalize on a trend driven by music companies. I had the good fortune of seeing them in concert, even helping to hold up Layne Staley while he sang from within the crowd.
Don't do drugs kids.
Clearly a big influence on QotSA, Incubus etc.
I literally just bought this on vinyl a few weeks ago, just to see what the hype was about! I'm a little familiar with some of their hits but the non-singles on this album really rock. The guitar work is sublime as well. Excited to give this another listen today. Update: This record rocks! I think some of the guitar work and effects are a little dated but the core songwriting is still phenomenal. Really great album, I'll have to spend more time with AiC's other work.