Released: Aug 1990
Styles: Alternative Metal, Hard Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Grunge
Number Of Tracks: 12
Facelift was one of the most important records in establishing an audience for grunge and alternative rock among hard rock and heavy metal listeners.
unregistered, on may 26, 2006 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: Well, to start this review off, I'd just like to say that some of the other reviews didn't do this album justice. This is quite possibly my favorite album. My guitar teacher gave me an old Facelift tape X-Mas of '05. I'd already heard some Alice In Chains but it wasn't huge on them and I hadn't really that much on Facelift so I went home and put it on. I immediately fell in love with 2 songs, Sunshine and We Die Young. I couldn't stop and still can't listening to those songs. This album is chocked full of original and catchy riffs and some damn good solos. Jerry Cantrell is one of my favorite guitarists, not in the technical sense, but in the pure music making sense. Sure you can go a million miles an hour on the fret but does it matter if it sounds like crap? Layne's vocals are another thing that bring this album together. From eerie vibes you get from Love, Hate, Love, and I Can't Remember, to the catchy light melodies on Put You Down and on I Know Somethin' ('Bout You). The bass on drums on this album are also nothing to sneer at. I've noticed that a lot of people doing these reviews don't really touch on the awesome bass and drum work. They tend to focus more on the guitar and vocals, but give credit where credit is due. The bass and drums set a nice foundation for the whole album. All in all you'll get a nice mix of sounds from this band's first album. // 10
Lyrics and Singing: Another thing is, right above the box I'm typing this in, it says, "Singer skills?" as something I assume to help you get started. But wouldn't that go in the Sound category? Just a thought. Anyway, again the lyrics are something I just can't get enough of. Also, as you'll find with the sound, you get a nice mix of lyrics. Take for example the lyrics for I Can't Remember. "Remember identity, the visions in my mind from screaming at me, but mama, mama, my angry brains of infnacy." Then look at the lyrics for I Know Somethin'('Bout You). "I'm gonna tell your papa. Yeh I'm gonna try and ball your babe. Your gold key don't fit my crapper, ain't got no shit today." Very different, kind of refreshing to. // 10
Impression: Well, after all is said an done, this is a great album that you'll enjoy again and again. What else can I say? I can't really find one complaint about this album. It's one of my favorites, in some interviews they ask the artist, "What's the one album you can't live without?" well, if someone were to ask me that, I could safely say, "Alice In Chain's first album, Facelift." // 10
Last To Fall, on august 23, 2004 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: The band's first cd is arguably thier heaviest album. Each track on this album is chock full of great riffs and shredding guitar solos, but even with such great guitar work by Jerry Cantrell the vocals stand as the most impressive part of the album as with most AIC albums. Layne Staley's vocal tone throughout the album is filled with anger and pain. Each line that he sings, serious or not, stings with emotion. Even though few of the songs on this album stray from the heavy metal genre, each song seems quite fresh from the last song. // 10
Lyrics and Singing: Alice In Chains is known for thier depressing lyrics and melodies and this album certainly holds up to it. While I would have to say that the lyrics that Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell wrote improved with each album after this, the lyrics written here are no less than exceptional. The only thing this album lacks are the deeply personal lyrics that came from the following AIC albums. The singing and great creativity in thier writing makes up for most of that though. // 10
Impression: All in all this was an amazing start for the band. They created thier own voice and 12 quality songs with thier debut. Every song is extremely unique and never gets boring. I'd have to say that the stand out tracks would be "We Die Young", "Man in the Box", "Sea of Sorrow" and Bleed the Freak". If I lost this album I would be sure to buy it again as quickly as possible. // 10
DownInAHole., on august 07, 2006 3 of 6 people found this review helpful
Sound: Along with Nirvana's Nevermind, Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger, and Pearl Jam's Ten this album set the bar for seattle grunge rock. Everybody has their opinions, but I think this album had potential to be better. Yes, Man In The Box is an awesome tune, and yes this is a great album, but I strongly believe the guitar work on this album could be better, because Jerry Cantrell is amazing. It sounds like typical grunge music, which I love. Layne Staley's voice was at its best though during the recording of Facelift. Which brings out Jerry Cantrell's guitar work, Mike Starr's bass work, and Sean Kinney's phenomenal drums. // 9
Lyrics and Singing: Lyrically, Layne is the epitome of grunge vocalists and it really shows on Facelift. Jerry is also a great songwriter. The lyrics went great with the music, and I think that is important in a good album. Layne is an excellent singer and I think he deserves more recogntion than what he got. RIP Layne. // 9
Impression: My overall impression of this album is I think it deserves a 10. I bought this album when I was 11 years old used for $6.99 never hearing anything off of it. I thought the cover was cool and I wanted to hear their stuff. When I took it home and listened to it I was dumbfounded, it's that good. I strongly urge you to go pick up a copy. If I lost it I would definately go buy another one. If your into the '90s grunge sound (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, etc.) then I think you will enjoy this album as much as I did. // 10
unregistered, on september 10, 2004 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: The sound in this record is good, but not so well produced as efforts to come(on the same band), although it helps, cause it adds some atmosphere to the whole concept, which is very depressive. It has rock, early grunge, funk, all mixed up, in the end it turns out a very unique sound; and Layne Staley voice at his best, very powerful and dramatic, it goes straight to your soul (you almost suffer with him and his problems). Dry and dark sound. As many records and shows of that time (early 90's), this one is dedicated to Andy Wood (Mother Love Bone singer) who died from heroin overdose. Destiny and His irony wanted that 12 years after this, Jerry Cantrell dedicated his second solo album to Layne Staley, who also died from heroine and cocaine overdose. // 6
Lyrics and Singing: Great lyrics, various subjects on them: Layne's drug addiction, kids dying on the streets, some break up with ex-girlfriend, inner feelings of confusion and pain. AIC was the darkest side from an already dark movement born in the saddest and rainiest city of all, so you won't sing to happiness and joy of life with this record, but there's many ways to enjoy music, this is one of them (ask "Teeth of Lions Rule The divine" followers how they enjoy what they hear) What can I say about Layne Staley that hasn't been said before. The dude is God and His angels singing. No one sings better, everyone called him "The voice of grunge". He can make you feel his illness so well that you can almost forgive him for his problems, he's so emotional, so pasional, it makes you wanna cry. He gets very high notes without screaming, like his fella Chris Cornell. // 8
Impression: One of the albums of the decade, at least from the alternative rock movement. The other one has to be "Nevermind". The follow up to this album was "Dirt", which was very well produced, and is excellent as well; but I liked Facelift from the very first listening for its raw sound, and its emotion. Highly recommended, and of course I'd buy it again if stolen/lost, even if I had to sell something to purchase it. // 10
PsychoWolfD, on september 06, 2004 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
Sound: Alice in Chains' debut album has an awesome sound. I absolutely do not care if they use grunge distortion, those guys play heavy metal and they play it good. So far, my best favorite band of the 90's is Alice In Chains. 'Facelift' is a great start. The solos in the songs are worthy of a metal guitarist. The riffs are killer too. The lyrics are more on the dark side to me, and it goes well with the music. // 10
Lyrics and Singing: 01. "We Die Young" - My best favorite on the album. I like the intro riff and the other riffs like it, and the solo.
02. "Man In The Box" - A great hit for AIC. I favor the chorus the most. I love the solo.
03. "Sea Of Sorrow" - I liked the intro.
04. "bleed The Freak" - Great music and lyrics.
05. "I Can't Remember" - meh, Ok song.
06. "Love/Hate/Love" - I love the lyrics, especially "I live for you, but I'm not alive". I thought that was pretty catchy. The music is creepy and awesome.
07. "It Ain't Like That" - Love the chorus.
08. "Sunshine" meh, Ok song.
09. "Put You Down" - Cool song. Like the music.
10. "Confusion" - I like the chorus and how its sung.
11. "I Know Somethin (bout You)" - Awesome intro. Great singing.
12. "Real Thing" - Liked the lyrics. // 10
Impression: Layne Staley is a great singer RIP. Jerry Cantrell is a great guitarist and I like his riffs and his solos are awesome. The other members are great too. I actually bought the 12 songs off RealPlayer's music store, for 6 dollars (49 cents per song, man! But I heard they aren't going to stay that cheap so buy your songs fast!) Great album. Don't diss it because it incorporates grunge distortion. Get it now. // 10
larry jones, on september 25, 2006 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: This album, arguably, started an new era of grunge that Nirvana and Pearl Jam would eventually popularize. Alice In Chains' metallic influences are immediately noticable from the demonic and fast paced first track, "We Die Young". The most notable song on the album is undoubtedly "Man In The Box," most likely the band's biggest hit ever. The following tracks display AIC's unique sound that is only further built upon in "Dirt" and "Alice In Chains". // 8
Lyrics and Singing: Layne Staley's lyrics are very basic, but his voice is very distinguishable, aided by Jerry Cantrell's background vocals. Layne sings with a bleak and hopeless groan that is both frightening and melodic. Although lyrically bland, the sound of Alice In Chains is only improved on with Staley's brooding vocals. // 7
Impression: Alice In Chains creates a style all their own with this release. An excellent starting point for a band poised to take over rock, yet destined to fall just as fast as they rose to the top. The debut album is an impressive look at what AIC would offer with their next album, "Dirt". // 8