Label
Sony Music Media
Release date
1992
Running length
21 tracks
Running time
57:55

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Them Bones 2:29 492,046
2 Dam That River 3:09 243,809
3 Rain When I Die 6:02 236,999
4 Down in a Hole 5:36 427,993
4 Sickman 5:29 182,338
5 Rooster 6:41 510,048
6 Junkhead 5:09 200,278
7 Dirt 5:16 209,525
8 God Smack 3:50 154,211
9 Iron Man 0:43 24,663
10 Hate to Feel 5:16 175,140
11 Angry Chair 4:48 369,216
13 Would? 3:27 606,011

About this album

Dirt is the second studio album by the American rock band Alice in Chains and was released on September 29, 1992 through Columbia Records. Peaking at number six on the Billboard 200, the album was well received by music critics and has since been certified four-times platinum by the RIAA. It is nowadays considered as one of the best / albums and is usually on many “Must have” lists.

The album spawned five singles: “Would?”, “Them Bones”, “Angry Chair”, “Rooster”, and “Down in a Hole”. The songs on the album focused on depression, drug use, war, death, and other emotionally heavy topics.

The recording of Dirt began in the spring of 1992. Producer Dave Jerden, who had previously worked with the band on their debut, Facelift, wanted to work with them again. He admired vocalist Layne Staley’s lyrics and voice, and lead guitarist Jerry Cantrell’s guitar riffs. For the songs “Them Bones”, “Rain When I Die”, “Down in a Hole”, “Dirt”, and “Would?”, Cantrell brought in his black Gibson Les Paul and an amplifier he had bought when he was 17 which had much heavier distortion than any amplifier he had used in the past. Dirt was recorded at Eldorado Recording Studio in Burbank, California, London Bridge Studio in Seattle, and One on One Studios in Los Angeles from March to May 1992.

When recording the album, Staley had previously checked out of rehab in Portland, Oregon and quickly went back to using heroin. Drummer Sean Kinney claimed in a 2005 interview that Staley had told Kinney that he was extremely high on heroin and marijuana during the recordings of “Down in a Hole” and “Angry Chair” as well as taking Oxycodone for back pain.

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  • MetalRock1989

    Awesome 5/5.

    5 May 2:59pm Reply
  • alfred129

    9.2 out 10

    31 Jan 9:08pm Reply
  • sirenonthe101

    Such a fucking classic.

    24 Jan 11:33pm Reply
  • FastWheels

    One of my favorite albums of all-time. It was my gateway to metal and I still go back to it regularly.

    29 Sep 2014 Reply
  • MartianReaper

    my first grunge album. Brilliant from start to finish. [5]

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    would is a great song. this band i like called Inure did a fantastic cover of it, ive never heard an alice in chains fan say it sucked, even the vocals are on pointe.

    9 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Pho3nix-

    I really love how different all the Seattle bands were in retrospect... even if journalists and the like love to put all of 'em together under one label that is 'grunge'. As much as I love Dirt... I have to say I find Tripod to be more complex and interesting. I'll always return to these songs every now and then of course.

    12 May 2014 Reply
  • Camillanobre

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • JackHallton

    a life changing experience indeed. this is one of the very best albums of 90s. it broke my gloomy fucked life down. thank you AIC.

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Fran_turunen

    Happy Birthday [2]

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
  • vintdoor

    Happy Birthday

    29 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Henriquecsl

    Actually i think Definitely Maybe and Dirt are the two best from the 90's haha

    22 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Henriquecsl

    Best of the 90's

    22 Sep 2013 Reply
  • BorgesGui

    Masterpiece. [3]

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    Grunge/Metal/Rock, don't care really what it is called, name it myself on my pc Hard Rock or Heavy Rock (and the first one Metal). Thing that matters to me is, this is a fabulous album, a highlight in my collection.

    9 Sep 2013 Reply
  • goldenmask5

    this album change my life...love it sooo fucking much :)

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
  • dAdriano

    ★★★★★

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • RougeOF1212

    I fucking love this album. So many good songs. <3

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Fran_turunen

    Masterpiece. [2]

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Vincent____Vega

    Masterpiece.

    19 Aug 2013 Reply
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