While their music obviously touches a lot of very dark and depressive themes which is very easy to zero in on, for me it also just a testament to how powerful music can make individuals feel in a given moment.
To think that these two guys with troubled childhoods and severe mental issues managed to create all this great music and get up on the biggest stages and perform with intensity is quite incredible.
Well, i think that photo is obviously photoshopped. They hardly knew each other. But Kurt was positive about Alice in Chains and Layne always appreciated Kurt. Hell, even his favorite Nirvana song was Heart Shaped Box.
Listen to bleed the freak with layne in his (relatively) healthy dreadlocked prime, that man is quite possibly the greatest singer of all time, yet I still feel during unplugged when he was wasting away, he had a different kind of power transmitting which was just as moving, I think it's because it was the same man singing and I understood why he sounded different, he was completely fucking wrecked.
The magic of Alice in Chains is in combining amazing harmonies with strong lead vocals. Almost all their new songs are sung by harmonies, no lead vocals. I wish William had more lead vocal time for he's an amazing singer. Unfortunatelly, the only time to hear him sing lead vocals is when he's performing classic Alice in Chains songs live.
Rainier Fog is a really great album. One of the best 2018 albums; truly unbelievable how Jerry Cantrell writes such a great music after all these years. I find some criticism on the album superficial and unfair.
The One You Know
All I Am
Hope AIC next album is as good as Rainier.
Dude, what I'm trying to say (with a lot of words) is: this is just a figure of speech, a hyperbole, etc. Just a way to express emotion and praise. Yes, it's their jobs and a lot of them lost its passion and just play for money - think about forced reunion tours and shit like that. In my eyes, this is not the case with AIC. And to express my admiration (based on my taste and comprehension, of course), I use this kind of word. That's it. But OK, we are fucking with this shoutbox. I got your point and I hope that you get my idea as well.
I really don't understand the point of the discussion. I never said that only Cantrell has ever made a musical comeback or that he is the only artist to ever compose a great album after 30 or 40 years in the musical industry. Others have done it too, like Santana indeed. This has nothing to do with being professional musician. This is a matter of inspiration. Anyway.
Since I'm bored I'm going to list my favorite songs from every AIC project
Facelift: Love, Hate Love although I love We Die Young
Sap: Got Me Wrong although I love Right Turn
Dirt: Them Bones by a landslide
Jar of Flies: Nutshell / No Excuses (too hard to choose to be honest)
Alice In Chains: Again / Over Now (DOOT DOOT YEAH)
(my favorite Alice In Chains song is Get Born Again, which technically wasn't on a studio album, so crap)
Black Gives Way To Blue: A Looking In View by a mile to be honest
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here: didn't like this one much but if I had to choose I'd go with Voices, once again by a mile
Rainier Fog: Red Giant / Never Fade (once again really enjoyed this album so too hard to choose)
Rainier Fog is not only awesome, but also it moved me to relisten Alice In Chains once again. So thanks for this release, I finally appreciated "Black Gives Way To Blue", found some new favourites from "Jar of Flies" and did impossible, liking at least one song from "Sap" EP. And some albums still wait.. what a beautiful journey Rainier Fog made for me.
So just to recap.
Black Gives Way to Blue debuted at No. 5 on Billboard 200
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here debuted at No. 2 on Billboard 200
and Rainier Fog debuted at No. 12 on Billboard 200
The biggest detail here is that Rainier Fog has got more #1 charts lead outside of the US, they are leading 3 of them: Rock, Alternative and Hard Rock.
So basically the album is having a really good feedback from long time fans, new fans and everyone in general. They’ve managed to make amazing music in the past 10 years which very cool!
Yeah I guess I'm out of the boat. This album sounds incredibly uninspired. I'm kinda done pretending that this, or their previous album is better than it is, just because if I don't - I will be called Layne's fan who can't move on or something.
I understand... Idk sometimes listening to more music will get the person to listen to some music, but some music for real is not your cup of tea. People can always give several chances if they want to like something.
"Uninspired" is exactly what I thought after I heard it the first time. I'll have to get around to listening to it again and see if my opinion changes, because a lot of my favorite albums were growers.
Rainier Fog was quite solid. For me the standouts were Rainier Fog, Drone and So Far Under. Never Fade was mediocre by AIC standards - makes me wonder how that even made the album, let alone become a single
It took me a while to get into Never Fade. Mostly because it sounds like Dickeye (from Jerr’s solo projects and so) and the sound he has in his solk stuff is completely different from anything he’s done with AIC. I do wonder too how they’d choose Never Fade over Rainier Fog or Drone to drop it as a single. Maybe is huge stand out too imo.
For those who are interested. :]
TuneIn Conversation: Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains leader Jerry Cantrell doesn’t take for granted that his band is still operating under the same ethos after 30 years. In a Conversation with Anthony Valadez, the rock legend talks about his musical upbringing, satisfying the fan kid in your head and the importance of finding your tribe.