7 Songs, 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Recorded after their mainstream breakthrough, Dirt, this mostly acoustic EP is actually some of the Seattle band's heaviest work. Though Jerry Cantrell's murky electric guitar work shows up on the opening "Rotten Apple," the song quickly mutates into a weighty, unplugged rumination on depression and addiction. "Nutshell" and the violin-enhanced "I Stay Away" explore alienation with finely plucked guitar arpeggios worthy of Zeppelin and beguiling vocal melodies from Cantrell and the late Layne Staley, proving the group didn't need heavy riffs to exorcise their demons.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Recorded after their mainstream breakthrough, Dirt, this mostly acoustic EP is actually some of the Seattle band's heaviest work. Though Jerry Cantrell's murky electric guitar work shows up on the opening "Rotten Apple," the song quickly mutates into a weighty, unplugged rumination on depression and addiction. "Nutshell" and the violin-enhanced "I Stay Away" explore alienation with finely plucked guitar arpeggios worthy of Zeppelin and beguiling vocal melodies from Cantrell and the late Layne Staley, proving the group didn't need heavy riffs to exorcise their demons.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
116 Ratings

116 Ratings

LedZeppeliniscool ,

Alice in Chain's Magnum Opus

This is my favorite album of all time. Here's a review of every song on the album.
1. Rotten Apple - An epic and dark opener. 10/10
2. Nutshell - A fan favorite, and one of mine too. 10/10
3. I Stay Away - This song is the epitome of amazing. 10/10
4. No Excuses - The only "hit" off of the album, but that doesn't take away it's awesomeness. 10/10
5. Whale & Wasp - A beautiful instrumental with a lot of depth. 10/10
6. Don't Follow - Hands down the best song on the album. 10/10
7. Swing on This - Surprisingly the weakest song on the album, but is still awesome. 9/10

lopezac ,

My first exposure to AIC....stills gives me the chills!

To me Alice will always be the quintessential grunge band of the 90's. Layne and Jerry's vocals in unison are hunting, and their slow songs are as equally thrilling as their faster heavier ones. This EP in particular contains 4 of my favorite AIC's songs, the aforementioned, the superhit "No Excuses", the trippy "I stay away", and "Nutshell", which everytime I hear it, specially in the Unplugged album, it makes my eyes teary, and makes me think of Layne, and the pain he had to be under during those years. Jerry's guitar playing is amazing, I mean the whole band is so tight and play so well. I love all of Layne era AIC albums, but it always comes down to this ep with me, the first time I heard them, and made me a fan to this day.

EzE0909 ,

The most underrated band of all time

Layne and Jerry are just phenomenal musicians! AiC forever! RIP Layne

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