Alice In Chains - Dirt


8.9 | 695 votes |
Release date: 29 September 1992
Style: Grunge , Heavy metal

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01. Them Bones
02. Dam That River
03. Rain When I Die
04. Down In A Hole
05. Sickman
06. Rooster
07. Junkhead
08. Dirt
09. God Smack
10. Iron Gland (Unlisted) [feat Tom Araya]
11. Hate To Feel
12. Angry Chair
13. Would?

Top 20 albums of 1992: 3
Top 200 albums of all time: 60

Guest review by
Nosurper
Rating:
9.7
Dirt is a cathartic classic and an album that deserves a review of some kind. Haunting harmonies encompass lyrics that depreciate and belittle. Their vocal tones can truly hypnotize the listener. Yes, Alice In Chains waste no time in shoveling the weight of their sound onto you, with "Them Bones", providing a summary of the themes of the album. "I believe them bones are me."

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published 29.09.2012 | Comments (12)

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30.01.2014 - 04:01
Rating: 10
DyingWorld
"Dirt" gets a perfect 10 from me. It's a masterpiece, through and through. One of the most nihilistic albums in rock, for sure. So much misery and sickness to behold. I refuse to use the term "grunge" because to me, that is not a genre but more of a fashion. Alice in Chains are a rock n roll band and "Dirt" is their crowning achievement.
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30.01.2014 - 06:18
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Written by Zaph on 28.01.2014 at 16:29

Well, people could explain what they think is great about it, but I doubt I'd agree.

I'd call that being wrong in the first place then, or at least being in a small minority, because you're probably the first person I've seen on the internet to outright state not like this album. Even !J.O.O.E! gave it a 7.
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30.01.2014 - 09:58
Rating: 10
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Written by DyingWorld on 30.01.2014 at 04:01

"Dirt" gets a perfect 10 from me. It's a masterpiece, through and through. One of the most nihilistic albums in rock, for sure. So much misery and sickness to behold. I refuse to use the term "grunge" because to me, that is not a genre but more of a fashion. Alice in Chains are a rock n roll band and "Dirt" is their crowning achievement.


Couldn't have said it better myself. For me, it was a great time because when the album came out I was the age you are now and saw them live in Sydney and it was a real buzz. I've never seen Alice in Chains again, although that is about to change in a few weeks when I see them again at Soundwave, albeit with a different line-up.
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30.01.2014 - 22:51
Rating: 6
Zaph
The Nothingth
Written by Guest on 30.01.2014 at 06:18

I'd call that being wrong in the first place then, or at least being in a small minority, because you're probably the first person I've seen on the internet to outright state not like this album. Even !J.O.O.E! gave it a 7.

There is no being wrong about liking and not liking an album, but yes, I indeed appear to be in a small minority
Written by Ace Frawley on 30.01.2014 at 03:20

The review by Nosurper is worth reading, but yes, I agree with you - are are unlikely to agree with someone who rates the album a 9 or 10.

Yes, I might read that review since it could at least give me an idea of why many consider this a masterpiece.
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11.08.2014 - 01:19
Rating: 8
MichaelAngeloT
Great Album...Great Layne.... R.I.P.
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11.08.2014 - 07:09
Rating: 9
Diverge
Written by Zaph on 30.01.2014 at 22:51

Written by Guest on 30.01.2014 at 06:18

I'd call that being wrong in the first place then, or at least being in a small minority, because you're probably the first person I've seen on the internet to outright state not like this album. Even !J.O.O.E! gave it a 7.

There is no being wrong about liking and not liking an album, but yes, I indeed appear to be in a small minority
Written by Ace Frawley on 30.01.2014 at 03:20

The review by Nosurper is worth reading, but yes, I agree with you - are are unlikely to agree with someone who rates the album a 9 or 10.

Yes, I might read that review since it could at least give me an idea of why many consider this a masterpiece.

Yeah I think it's very easy to see why this would appeal to a lot of people. It's widely regarded as a masterpiece for pretty obvious reasons given a single listen of the album. The engaging lyrical matter, powerful songwriting abilities, great instrumental and vocal performances pretty much speak for themselves, and it's all framed around a very harrowing concept with excellent tracks sprinkled right at the beginning, middle and end very nicely. Even the filler isn't that bad. It shouldn't really be that much of a surprise.

That being said, I personally prefer the styling of Soundgarden; I always found AiC a bit too direct and not quite as nuanced and adventurous as Soundgarden was. So maybe your dislike of the album might stem from the dynamical issues associated with it (ie. I find AiC nails the heavy metal feeling in many songs, like Them Bones, and nail the more unnerving melodic songs, like Dirt or some of their work on Jar of Flies, but have more difficulty weaving them in and developing them within a single song). I also find it grows a little tiresome over time, but they generally have enough variety for me to spin it multiple times when I'm in my "alternative metal phase".
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10.05.2015 - 02:32
Rating: 10
Ganondox
There is definately more to Alice in Chains being grunge than them being Seatle. They've got the gruff vocals, dynamics, and noisy bits that all the bands share. Still, they are of course a very different band from Nirvana.

Anyway, this album is phenomenal. Every single is different, yet very good, and very much Alice in Chains. Only bad part is "Iron Gland", but that song is great at being terrible.
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26.07.2015 - 19:42
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Masterchief
Written by Ganondox on 10.05.2015 at 02:32

There is definately more to Alice in Chains being grunge than them being Seatle. They've got the gruff vocals, dynamics, and noisy bits that all the bands share. Still, they are of course a very different band from Nirvana.

Anyway, this album is phenomenal. Every single is different, yet very good, and very much Alice in Chains. Only bad part is "Iron Gland", but that song is great at being terrible.


I would add they are most metal grunge band as other Seattle ones
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27.07.2015 - 04:36
Rating: 10
Ganondox
Written by Bad English on 26.07.2015 at 19:42

Written by Ganondox on 10.05.2015 at 02:32

There is definately more to Alice in Chains being grunge than them being Seatle. They've got the gruff vocals, dynamics, and noisy bits that all the bands share. Still, they are of course a very different band from Nirvana.

Anyway, this album is phenomenal. Every single is different, yet very good, and very much Alice in Chains. Only bad part is "Iron Gland", but that song is great at being terrible.


I would add they are most metal grunge band as other Seattle ones


Definately, though Soundgarden is also pretty metal.
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16.11.2016 - 18:04
Rating: 8
Metalheart35
I am absolutely no Grunge-Fan, but this album is damned heavy and excellent produced. It sounds very metal-like. For me the best Grunge album of all time. Even better than Nevermind from Nirvana (that is very good).
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