Facelift review by Alice in Chains

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  • Released: Aug 28, 1990
  • Sound: 6
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.9 (66 votes)
Alice in Chains: Facelift
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Sound — 6
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.

Lyrics — 8
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.

Overall Impression — 10
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.

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