I'm with Andy1980s!
I also have struggled to like the last 3 albums. They are good. And it has nothing to do with the singer. I miss the crazy time changes and diving into insanity like on the 1st two albums. I want twists and turns and not drag. Drag a little, maybe...but not the whole album.
I don’t know how they do it
By Tim Goldberg
They may have peaked in the 90s but AiC are still top-tier and this album is one of the best releases of 2018.
Pains me to say...
... but this by far the most mediocre AIC record. I’ve forced myself to listen over the last few months and every time I’m left feeling pretty underwhelmed. There’s not much to make me want to return to it.
Ok, let me say, the original Alice in Chains was an all time favorite. Contrasting that band with the current iteration has really made me analyze my tastes. In a word, harmonizing. Hate it. From the first time I heard the Beatles, through the Greatful Dead and Eagles, down to the Hooters; horrible. What was so compelling about the Staley version of AiC was the contrast between the voices. One was all angst and anger, the other resignation and depression. Now we have a drone in harmony (odd, they even named a song after it). I don't know what Jerry was thinking when he hired a sound-alike, but what was the point? Sort of like Simon hiring another Simon rather than a Garfunkel. Weird.
Best album of DuVall era
By Dave Heath
The last two albums were very good. Don’t get me wrong. However, this is the first one since the passing of Layne Staley that measures up to anything they made in the 90s. It’s creative enough not to be a rip off from the music of that era, while still being of such quality that it measures up to the glory days. Definitely my favorite release by any band in 2018.
By Pussie lover
This band can’t put out one decent jam. Good thing I wasn’t holding my breath for this album. Can’t ever recreate the original band so Change the name and do something different like pumping gas or parking cars. Only band that still is holding it together and pumping out insane jams is Enuff Z Nuff. True Rockers. Only way I would go to an AIC concert is to feel up chicks.
Alice in Chains does it again...Great album!!!
By Jewels & Gems
Love, love, love, this album!!!! Can't figure out which is my favorite song. Love them all!
Still going strong
Replacing Layne is impossible. However, Jerry & Co have kept true to their AIC roots, sound and DNA while forging into new territory with Mr Duvall at the helm. You can’t compare it to old AIC though. Thank God there is still good music being made like this instead of all the formulaic, generic, and corporate bubble gum crap pop & hip-hop. Lucky to not be growing up now when music is so bad. Fortunately there are some gems like this one out there. The whole album is good. They have not disappointed with this effort.
By Riker 77734
Great album lots of refreshing guitar play Jerry holds zone and the guitar world Nice vocals there is flexibility in their song selection album is very good from start to finish from a professional he sound band that’s Alice in chainsAnd were very fortunate that they still make the music that they do thank you