Nut Suite. Mini reviews of albums old and new. Minimum words. No fuss. No spoilers [?]. Occasional smugs.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

ALICE IN CHAINS / Black Gives Way to Blue (2009)

AIC without Layne.  I know what you’re thinking, I was too but it’s surprisingly good.  New vocalist William DuVall fits in well.  I’m not sure if he’s trying to replicate Layne or if he naturally sounds like him at times but his voice is a good fit with the pitch and tones of Jerry Cantrell’s guitar work.  The classic sludge / grunge sound is the same.  Cantrell can still produce some killer riffs that feel like a head full of drug.  Reminiscent of Dirt and even Jar of Flies on occasion, there are moments where it feels like they’d never gone away.

Songs of Note: Check My Brain; A Looking In View

3½ desperate plans out of 5

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