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    Alice In Chains ~ Black Gives Way To Blue

    Release Date: September 29, 2009

    Genre: Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, Rock (whatever)




    Hope, A new beginning. Time, Time to start living -like just before we died. There's no going back to the place -We've started from.

    That is the opening line from the first track off AIC new album without Layne Staley. The song All Secrets Known should speak to every AIC fan out there. The band knows where they came from, and knows now where they are going. Forward, and quite creatively. I had mixed feelings of anticipation for this new album. I wanted very badly to like it, in fact I wanted to love it. I’m a huge Jerry Cantrell fan, and hoped that he wouldn’t release an album he wasn’t proud of. After hearing the singles, I was feeling pretty confident that the album would be good. I pre-ordered the album, but also received a copy online when it leaked early. This is definitely an album to sit down and listen, and enjoy all the way through. I gained new appreciation for the singles I had heard, after listening to how all of the songs flowed together on this album.

    Cantrell and Kinney invested their own money for this album, and I think that speaks volumes to the kind of people they are. This album is not a product. It is meaningful to them, and in my opinion will be to anyone who truly listens to it. I've lost track of how many times I've listened to this album in the past few weeks, but it's been played a lot.

    All Secrets Known: Is a perfect opening track for this album both lyrically, and musically. Written by Cantrell, and sang by DuVall, with Cantrell harmonizing.

    Check My Brain: You’re taken to a slightly different AIC place with the sound of this song. I like the guitar riff, and a hooky chorus. This song was written by Cantrell, and is apparently about moving from Seattle to California. Since he’s currently living in L.A. I get the whole “check my brain” perfectly.

    Last of My Kind: This song was co-written by Cantrell and DuVall. This song shows how Duvall can standout as a individual vocalist. You can clearly hear his own singing style on this song. I read a description somewhere of DuVall style being a combination of Layne Staley and Sebastian Bach’s singing styles. It's interesting to have that in your head when you listen to this track.

    Your Decision: This song builds around a very nice acoustic guitar intro, and it’s Cantrell singing lead vocals on this one. Excellent.

    A Looking in View: This is the one song on the album where song writing credit is given to all band members. Pretty heavy song…heavy-slow. And, it has a cool fade out at the end. When do you hear that now a days?

    When the Sun Rose Again: An acoustically driven song, and the dual vocals of DuVall/Cantrell takes a steady roll through a different sounding tempo and chorus. Loved this one for how different it sounded to me.

    Acid Bubble: This song flows back and forth between a melody that is sweet and slow, and has some pretty chunky guitar riffs. \m/

    Lesson Learned:
    The tempo of this song feels like classic AIC to me, and the part of the chorus (refrain) that goes “Just another lesson learned” repeats over and over in my head long after the song finishes.

    Take Her Out: A satisfying song, and good placement on the album.

    Private Hell: This song’s darker theme, and feeling work well against the haunting style of the vocal melody.

    Black Gives Way to Blue: A simply beautiful ballad. As unlikely a collaboration between AIC and Elton John would seem to most people, here we have it. The piano portion is played by John. Cantrell has said that he has been influenced by John’s songwriting (who knew?) This song was written by Cantrell, and is a emotionally moving tribute to Layne Staley. The song is a sang as a solo by Duvall, with Cantrell joining him on the last part of the song. The last line goes: Tomorrow is haunted by your ghost, laydown, black gives way to blue. Laydown, I’ll remember you.

    Loudest of Love

    I'm tied within
    I'm luck's last match struck
    In the pouring down wind

    ~Chris Cornell~

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    I would say good review but i havent listened to the album yet, just heard Check My Brain.
    Ill be listening to it in full tomorrow though, reading your review made me more excited so if im disappointed, its your fault!! lol jk.

    DuVall does sound like a great singer though, im glad Seb Bach didnt get the gig full time.
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    Excellent review Trey, like you I just can't get enough of this album. Cantrell and the rest of the band definitely didn't disappoint me with this one (which is good because Idk if I could stand one more let down). I didn't know the story behind the lyrics of Check My Brain but had been wondering, so thanks for that. Anybody who hasn't heard this album and is an Alice In Chains fan, is really missing out, they proved they still have their old sound and still have something to offer. Great job, Trey.

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    Great AIC Album - Layne Staley = Good AIC album.

    I really like the album musically, but without Layne, there really is something missing there, and to me it shows. There are some really awesome songs on it though.

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    Great review!

    I like how you said that the album is not a product, which is very accurate... I have to admit that I've only listened to this album the whole way through a few times times but now I'll definitely be listening to it more often...


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    Thanks for reading guys. Obviously, I like and highly recommend the album.

    This is the first long album review I've done here. I read most of the reviews that are submitted, and I have to say I'm always impressed by how much detail is given. Now that I've done a review I have gained even more respect for all the reviews that have been written, and shared here.

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    Great review, Trey.

    I love this album. Every single song off of it is just amazing.

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    i think i set my expectations a bit too high for this album, which is completely my fault. although its a pretty fun album to listen to, it seems to be missing something. i don't hear any alice CLASSICS like i would any other album.

    again, could be my unfairly high expectations though.

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    I think it's totally fair to have high expectations for an album from the three original AIC members, and who they chose to join them in the lead vocalist position. It's obviously subjective if you think those expectations were met, or not.

    Cantrell, Kinney, and Inez are all excellent musicians. They waited, and did this album when it was the right time for them, and for the right reasons. In my opinion it's one of the best albums of 2009. The more I listen to it, the more I love it.

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    Yeah Trey, this is definitely one of the best (if not THE best) albums of 2009. I love it.

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    believe me, i wanna feel that way. i actually listened to about half of it last night, and i noticed that there are some really great moments. it may grow on me.

    i have a feeling.

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    I feel like I'm the only one who doesn't totally love this album. To me it's just, decent. Every time I hear it, I can't help but think, "wow, AIC was so much better with Layne" I guess I find it hard to accept that this is still AIC, to me it's not that same band, not without Layne. DuVall isn't bad, but he has one major problem; he isn't Layne Staley!

    Don't get me wrong, I still like the album. Just not in the way that I like say Jar of Flies or Dirt...or Facelift

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    ^

    Don't worry, you're not the only one... DuVall has a good voice but I don't like it as much as Layne's... Compared to indie vocalists, he has a very nice voice... Still, he's no Layne... I still haven't gotten the album but I've listened to it a few times...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreeTime View Post
    Compared to indie vocalists, he has a very nice voice... Still, he's no Layne...
    ditto. Layne had this amazing, haunting harmony, but DuVall, who does have a great voice, can't fill that void in alice.

    but that's just my opinion.
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    Do we need to have the "DuVall doesn't cut it...it's just not the same without Layne discussion" on my Black Gives Way To Blue album review? No we don't. That discussion has been done (and done, and done again) on many discussion threads in the Grunge sub forum. Feel free to take it there.

    If you can't get into this album, I'm not sure what to tell you except stop listening. If you like it, but not as much as the AIC back catalog, it is understandable. However, If you think this album fails because DuVall is the singer, then I'd have to strongly disagree.

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