Music On Vinyl - MOVLP037 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
Audiophile Remaster - Limited Edition - Pressed at Record Industry
Alice in Chains, one of the darkest bands to emerge from Seattle in the early 90's. Their 1992 album Dirt was a milestone in the grunge-genre. Tuned down guitars with massive gloomy vocals courtesy of guitarist Jerry Cantrell and enigmatic vocalist Layne Staley proved a killer combination.
Dirt is one of those masterpieces that wasn't meant to be, as it was written while the band was on tour only to let their demons out.
After extensive tours with Ozzy Osbourne and Van Halen the album ended in the top 10 of Billboard. The album closes with the superb grunge anthem "Would?" which was also featured in the movie singles .
Unfortunately singer Layne Staley died of a drug overdose in 2002 which ended the band abruptly.
Alice In Chain's sophomore 1992 masterpiece Dirt was a milestone of the early '90s grunge-genre and it stands up against anything from the era. Dirt finds enigmatic frontman Layne Staley and his afflictions perfectly matched by the moody songwriting and tuned down guitars of Jerry Cantrell.
Alice In Chains' ability to document their torment was like no other and most of the rumors that surrounded the album and Staley's lifestyle have proven to be true which makes it as captivating a listen today as ever.
Dirt is Alice in Chains' major artistic statement and the closest they ever came to recording a flat-out masterpiece. It's a primal, sickening howl from the depths of Layne Staley's heroin addiction, and one of the most harrowing concept albums ever recorded. Not every song on Dirt is explicitly about heroin, but Jerry Cantrell's solo-written contributions (nearly half the album) effectively maintain the thematic coherence -- nearly every song is imbued with the morbidity, self-disgust, and/or resignation of a self-aware yet powerless addict. Cantrell's technically limited but inventive guitar work is by turns explosive, textured, and queasily disorienting, keeping the listener off balance with atonal riffs and off-kilter time signatures.
Staley's stark confessional lyrics are similarly effective, and consistently miserable. Sometimes he's just numb and apathetic, totally desensitized to the outside world; sometimes his self-justifications betray a shockingly casual amorality; his moments of self-recognition are permeated by despair and suicidal self-loathing. Even given its subject matter, Dirt is monstrously bleak, closely resembling the cracked, haunted landscape of its cover art. The album holds out little hope for its protagonists (aside from the much-needed survival story of "Rooster," a tribute to Cantrell's Vietnam-vet father), but in the end, it's redeemed by the honesty of its self-revelation and the sharp focus of its music.
Alice in Chains returned to the forefront with a new album and singer in 2009. At the same time we offer the original and groundbreaking sound of Alice in Chains's Dirt on 180 grams audiophile vinyl.
A1 Them Bones (2:29)
A2 Dam That River (3:09)
A3 Rain When I Die (6:02)
A4 Down In A Hole (5:38)
A5 Sickman (5:30)
A6 Rooster (6:14)
B1 Junkhead (5:09)
B2 Dirt (5:17)
B3 God Smack (3:51)
B4 Iron Man (0:43)
B5 Hate To Feel (5:16)
B6 Angry Chair (4:47)
B7 Would? (3:28)