Black Gives Way to Blue

Virgin Records
Release date
25 Sep 2009
Running length
11 tracks
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1 All Secrets Known 4:41 125,974
2 Check My Brain 3:59 218,159
3 Last of My Kind 5:51 115,179
4 Your Decision 4:00 161,402
5 A Looking in View 7:05 113,916
6 When the Sun Rose Again 3:59 104,164
7 Acid Bubble 7:04 96,304
8 Lesson Learned 4:16 105,473
9 Take Her Out 3:59 94,738
10 Private Hell 5:37 91,800
11 Black Gives Way to Blue 4:49 103,457

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Black Gives Way to Blue is the fourth studio album by the American rock band Alice in Chains, which was released on September 29, 2009. The first Alice in Chains album in nearly fourteen years, Black Gives Way to Blue is their first release with new vocalist William DuVall, who replaced the late Layne Staley. Black Gives Way to Blue marks the first Alice in Chains album released on Virgin Records, their first venture away from Columbia, who released all of their previous releases.

The span of nearly fourteen years between the self-titled album and Black Gives Way to Blue marks the longest gap between studio albums in Alice in Chains’ career. The band had been working on new material since early 2006,shortly before hiring DuVall as their new singer. By April 2007, Alice in Chains had been writing and demoing songs for the album,]but the band did not show further signs of progress until October 2008, when they announced that they had begun recording with producer Nick Raskulinecz (of Foo Fighters, Stone Sour and Rush fame) in the studio. The writing and recording process was finally finished on March 18, 2009, guitarist Jerry Cantrell’s 43rd birthday.

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  • ngk44

    The Black Sabbath influence is very strong on several songs.

    19 May 2:27pm Reply
  • line_genrou

    Amazing. Best comeback ever?

    18 Apr 6:39pm Reply
  • tcbp


    6 Apr 5:21pm Reply
  • Sqvoll91

    Awesome comeback !

    2 Apr 1:04am Reply
  • alfred129

    My rating 10 out 10

    1 Feb 11:19am Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    I think this album would have more people into it if the band wasn't called Alice in Chains anymore [2] It would've probably been an all around much better album because the singer wouldn't feel like he has to ape Layne and the band could have been creative without pandering to expectations from a fanbase that wants more of the same over and over. As it is, it's a thoroughly predictable regurgitation of past glory days.

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • BeNgEE4

    Beautiful ballad has been stuck in my head all day!

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Velolciraptor

    Very mixed feelings about this. It's not a bad album, but it feels sort of bland. I think I would have liked it if they'd reformed under any other name than Alice In Chains. Can't really forgive them for that.

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MartianReaper

    very good album, I don't understand people who dislike it. [9]

    11 Sep 2014 Reply

    Private Hell could be the best AIC song if Layne was the voice behind it.

    26 Aug 2014 Reply
  • cacasuicide

    unpopular (or not?) opinion: i think this album would have more people into it if the band wasn't called alice in chains anymore, most people think of layne when they think of alice in chains and of course this isn't layne.. therefore it turns them off

    24 Aug 2014 Reply
  • MaxsAddition

    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    3 Jun 2014 Reply
  • lolcatiero

    Damn, i really like it.

    10 May 2014 Reply
  • DiogoAlvim777

    The best of them. <3

    25 Mar 2014 Reply
  • rock-vamp


    21 Jan 2014 Reply
  • novarusma

    this is actually a very good album. one of the best comeback albums ever!

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    The definition of a redundant and unnecessary album. Beating money out of a dead horse isn't art as far as I'm concerned.

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • 27Vadim27

    этот альбом не стоит на уровне предыдущих

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • manubs

    Joe,que discazo... mi favorito del grupo,no hay duda

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • tishaneverminds

    One of my favorite albums of Alice in Chains tbh

    15 Jun 2013 Reply
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