It's hard not to be completely in awe of Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley's vocals and lyrical ability. This singer as well as the troupe of Screaming Trees and Pearl Jam members that make up this album, were the voices of my twenties. The recording, made after an extended Jam session at a Seattle cafe with Staley and Peal Jam went exceptionally well, features vocals hewn from pain, sorrow, and remembrance of things past. At times it feels like a jam more than a directed recording, but why should that be a bad thing - the opening "Wake Up" is unmatched for its cascading chorus, the mellow tints - it's so engulfing you fancy the light in the room might be dimming in time with the quieter moments. Screaming Trees fans will enjoy Mark Lanegan's guest appearance on 2 tracks. It is a sad testament to the march of heroin that 2 of the band (Baker and Staley) have died from an overdose. There is one more song (a John Lennon song cover) on the Lennon Tribute Album "Working Class Hero" called I don't Wanna be a Soldier." Other than that, these songs are all we ever got.
Rest in Peace.