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Album Review

Three studio albums, two EPs, one live album, and a few European B-sides seemingly is a scant body of work to provide the basis for a box set, but that proves not to be the case with Music Bank, a three-disc retrospective of Alice in Chains' decade-long career. In many ways, the very release of Music Bank and its single-disc distillation, Nothing Safe, is a roundabout admission that AIC is no longer an active proposition for any of its members. But even if the group makes a comeback sometime in the next century, the two compilations are good snapshots of an era when Alice in Chains was one of the best bands in metal. By its very nature, Music Bank is for the hardcore fan, since it spans three discs, but this is one box that gets it right. It does feature all the hits, but they're surrounded by so many rarities — including an abundance of demos, 12 previously unreleased cuts, live tracks, and alternate mixes and takes — that it never seems like a hits compilation. More impressively, Music Bank has a real narrative drive; it's easy to hear the band evolve, even if the set begins with the newly recorded "Get Born Again." True, the box set really isn't for casual fans — they should stick with Nothing Safe or the band's masterpiece, Dirt — but the dedicated will not be disappointed with this fine set, since it does deliver more rarities than expected.

Customer Reviews

It's sad iTunes could'nt incorperate disc 4...

Make no mistake...this is an insane compilation filled with all sorts of kick-a*s b-sides & rarities, as well as most of AIC's more well-known radio hits & other note-worthy album gems. But, there are actually 4 discs to the hard copy of the music bank. The video for "Get Born Again" & a click-based adventure game based on rescuing the dolls from the "Grind" video are tooo over-the-top to miss out on. If you can manage to find a hard copy of this box set, DO IT!!! But...if you just want the tracks & don't care about the add-on stuff, then I can't help but say that you're missing out on something... Long Live Layne.

Box Is Great, Of Course, But...

As an avid fan of Alice In Chains I'm gonna tell you that what you really need is every cd they released instead of a box set. They are all too good to settle for less than the whole experience. Still, for the b-sides and demos, there is plenty to make this box set worthwhile. But as the previous reviewer said, the hard copy is the way to go if you can find it. Disc 4 is a treat.

This is an ESSENTIAL addition for any fan!

I live this set so much. I've listened to it so many times I think my iTunes play counter is broken. ;-) Honestly, you get the best of everything in the AIC discography. There are even some things you've probably never heard, depending on how big a fan you are of the band.

I bought the physical set, for much more than iTunes is charging. While the box has a great book to go with eerything, having the music is what's really important (I've actually never even read the whole book, only parts, & most never even do that much). This is a great deal for some four albums worth of material or more. I would definitely encourage any fan to buy this set without hesitation. You'll surely live it as much as I do, especially being reintroduced to the less popular initial studio album & it's harder, metal edged music, with the young Layne arguably at his vocal best.

Buy & enjoy! Believe me, you won't be disappointed.


Formed: 1987 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In many ways, Alice in Chains was the definitive heavy metal band of the early '90s. Drawing equally from the heavy riffing of post-Van Halen metal and the gloomy strains of post-punk, the band developed a bleak, nihilistic sound that balanced grinding hard rock with subtly textured acoustic numbers. They were hard enough for metal fans, yet their dark subject matter and punky attack placed them among the front ranks of the Seattle-based grunge bands. While this dichotomy helped the group soar to...
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