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EDITORS’ NOTES

Seventeen years to the day of the release of their most successful album, 1992’s Dirt, Alice In Chains return. The band suffered internal conflicts with their lead singer Layne Staley that severely limited their production. Then in 2002, Staley fatally overdosed and the band was seemingly left for dead. However, in 2005, the band played a reunion/benefit show that started things in motion, leading to a return to form, 2009’s Black Gives Way to Blue. Vocalist/ guitarist William DuVall completes the quartet and guitarist Jerry Cantrell picks up half the vocals. The sound is classic Alice In Chains, caught up in minor keys, alluring choruses with slightly demonic-sounding harmonies. The album’s first single, “Check My Brain,” and “Your Decision” establish the band’s heaviness within the pop realm; “When the Sun Rose Again” shows their folk side; while “Last of My Kind,” “A Looking In View“ and “Acid Bubble“ stick to the band’s metal/ grunge roots. The album’s title track closes the album with a moving tribute to Staley that features an early Staley hero, Elton John, on piano.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Seventeen years to the day of the release of their most successful album, 1992’s Dirt, Alice In Chains return. The band suffered internal conflicts with their lead singer Layne Staley that severely limited their production. Then in 2002, Staley fatally overdosed and the band was seemingly left for dead. However, in 2005, the band played a reunion/benefit show that started things in motion, leading to a return to form, 2009’s Black Gives Way to Blue. Vocalist/ guitarist William DuVall completes the quartet and guitarist Jerry Cantrell picks up half the vocals. The sound is classic Alice In Chains, caught up in minor keys, alluring choruses with slightly demonic-sounding harmonies. The album’s first single, “Check My Brain,” and “Your Decision” establish the band’s heaviness within the pop realm; “When the Sun Rose Again” shows their folk side; while “Last of My Kind,” “A Looking In View“ and “Acid Bubble“ stick to the band’s metal/ grunge roots. The album’s title track closes the album with a moving tribute to Staley that features an early Staley hero, Elton John, on piano.

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