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Black Gives Way To Blue [CD]

Alice In Chains Audio CD
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Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley. Although widely associated with grunge music, the band's sound incorporates heavy metal and acoustic elements. Since its formation, Alice in Chains has released four studio albums, three EPs, two live albums, four compilations, and two DVDs. ... Read more in Amazon's Alice In Chains Store

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  • Audio CD (28 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B002LTY1KI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,693 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. All Secrets Known
2. Check My Brain
3. Last Of My Kind
4. Your Decision
5. A Looking In View
6. When The Sun Rose Again
7. Acid Bubble
8. Lesson Learned
9. Take Her Out
10. Private Hell
11. Black Gives Way To Blue

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BBC Review

This is only the fourth studio album from seminal-to-many grungers Alice in Chains. For a band held in such high esteem, you’d expect this to be somewhere closer to double figures. But no, and this record makes it clear why with numerous nods towards lead singer Layne Staley’s tragic death in 2002, over seven years after 1995’s self-titled third LP. This is business that the Seattle-based troupe is clearly keen to persevere with.

New singer William DuVall – a hardcore singer from Atlanta, Georgia – is almost indistinguishable from Staley in terms of pitch, tone and delivery, but his involvement is far from a simple exercise in rock karaoke. While Staley was always the undisputed frontman of the band, it was the vocal dynamic between him and lead guitarist Jerry Cantrell which really carried the band to the heights they ultimately reached.

While Cantrell and DuVall have been friends and touring buddies on the guitarist’s occasional solo jaunts, the heartfelt harmonies of old have made way for alternating vocals with one or the other more likely to take duties at any one time. The subject matter is just as honest, bitter and fuelled by self-hatred and despair as old fans of Alice in Chains could have hoped for.

While half of the album is delivered in the trademark snarling fashion of second single Check My Brain and the relentless but melodic chugging of Last of my Kind and A Looking in View, the title track is wholly indicative of the record’s musical flipside. Featuring tinkled ivories from none other than Elton John, the touching ballad serves as a fitting tribute to the band’s late friend and colleague.

They slip into the gentle balladeering more frequently than you might expect, but with a songwriter of the calibre of Cantrell there are always surprises and, in this case, they’re more than welcome as the band showcase their all of their talents with ease, and often overwhelming elegance.

The fact that Alice in Chains still sound like Alice in Chains means that Staley’s tainted talent will never be forgotten. Every single one of their fans from a decade ago should be able to slip seamlessly back into the routine of this fantastic band. Despite the most monumental of obstacles, Black Gives Way to Blue is an overwhelming success. --Raziq Rauf

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4.0 out of 5 stars New AIC fan is impressed 10 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
I am one of those music fans that follows 'rock family trees' so am constantly stepping backwards and finding new bands I like ... or at least experimenting with those I think I might. Sometimes I make a mistake, but this is certainly not the case with Alice in Chains: on the strength of one track on a compilation, I bought not just this album but also a triple pack containing three of their early albums (and there was a fair gap between those and their latest, let's be fair). Surprisingly, I find that I like all four. Their 2009 offering is certainly impressive and consistently good (there are no duff tracks here), so the passage of time certainly hasn't dulled their powers or ambition. The vocals (from the 'new guy') are strong, the rhythm section is full of driving power, and the guitar work runs the full gamut from hard rock riffs to melodic, almost balladic strains that pull at the heart-strings. Old fans will certainly be rewarded for the long wait, while this collection is as good a place as any for any potential new fans to start.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As heavy as ever 5 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
I've found the critical rehabilitation of Alice In Chains both bizarre and long overdue. Not that long ago they seemed to be considered a footnote of grunge, every mention of them either passing or derisory, (their loyal fanbase excepted of course). But their return with a new frontman and album seems to have been greeted with a response akin to the second coming. All of a sudden they are being hailed as legends.

They were always going to have a harder time with the critics than other Seattle bands. They lacked the crucial Subpop lineage, and their blend of glam metal, southern rock and Sabbath sludge was always going to be resolutely unfashionable. However, history has proved them a great band. A quick look at the pages of Kerrang! reveals a legion of downtuned doomongers influenced by them, while the legacy of bands like Nirvana seems much more preserved in aspic. Crucially, of course, albums like Dirt and Jar of Flies still sound every bit as good today as back then.

With Black Gives Way to Blue, they return pretty much without missing a beat, still sounding every bit like the band they were before. There are no concessions to the trends of the intervening years here, in the manner of say, Chinese Democracy. The blend of crushing, sludgy riffage, twisted harmonies and confessional darkness that they patented remains largely unchanged.

If anything, this is slightly more commercial sounding record, (although someone listening to a track like the multi-part, unhinged epic Acid Bubble may find this a slightly contentious statement). In particular, Check My Brain's massive chorus sounds made for the FM airwaves. Some of the extremely dark weirdness of their third album isn't really replicated here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite classic AIC - But what a return! 12 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
After a LONG break (14 years!) Alice in Chains have made a welcome return. As a fan since the heady days of Dirt and Facelift, I was a little concerned that sad passing of Layne Staley meant the band would never record again. However, AIC had other plans.
The introduction of William Duvall (who I had not heard of until he started working with AIC) has led to a new album, but not a new direction. As other reviewers have stated (better then I could), there are strains of the sounds that made them famous, with strong riffs and heavy undertones. Duvall does share the vocals really well with Jerry Cantrell, although he does not demonstrate the vocal range that we had with Layne. However, he is rarely given the chance to shine on this album. It's almost a tentative "toe-in-the-water" to see if the fans take to him. If so, then the next album may showcase his talent a little better.
Jerry, Mike and Sean seem to have lost none of their edge, and this album is brilliant in so many ways. Jerry shows the drive and energy that made AIC so distinctive in their early days. That said, his own sound is a little more prevalent. Some tracks would sit just as well in Jerrys solo albums as they do here.
The slower ballads, such as When the Sun rose again, are more akin to the Jar of Flies sound - which I love. The soft strings and coarse vocals seem to work beautifully, showing that AIC can still produce those wonderful melodies.
Although I would not say there are any really weak tracks, there are moments when you feel they have lost their way mid-song. The most obvious case is Acid Bubble. This track has a fantastic verse / chorus structure, but for no reason suddenly jumps up a few notches and becomes much heavier and we are "treated" to the lyrics "Intent obsolescence, built into the system" .
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No need to be concerned 21 Sep 2009
By Joky
Format:Audio CD
Having been a avid fan of AIC from their grunge days of the early-mid ninties, I was spectacle about this new album as i was concerned that Layne was irreplaceable. That remains true, however in DuVall they have great new singer who captures the AIC sound.

The album has a good mix of heavy and distinguished grooves intermixed with slower material. The slower material is more akin to acoustic "jar of flies" pace.

If you are a fan of AIC than you can buy this album in confidence, if you are a fan of dam good music you can also buy in confidence. If you are a fan of Girls Aloud then steer clear.
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1.0 out of 5 stars bad product
sadly the product was used, despite the fact that i chose the new category.

i am not satisfied with the product.

Published 3 months ago by Nikoletta Huszar
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Received item in the timescale as indicated and in good condition. first album ive brought by this band and really enjoying it.
Published 4 months ago by HiHo
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest comeback album of all time
For many Alice in Chains fans, life was never the same after Layne Staley's death. But for me, this album represents a new direction for AIC, and it surpasses anything previously... Read more
Published 8 months ago by c89
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!!
This is a great Album with good quality heavy tracks, especially like "Check My Brain" which has a great Heavy riff!!!
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Joel S. Greenhalgh
4.0 out of 5 stars Death Gives Way To New
I was unsure about listening to Alice In Chains without their timeless frontman Layne Staley, but when I listened to 'Your Decision' by accident one day I was pleasently surprised,... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Will. B
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome return
Since the demise of Layne, I never expected another album from AIC. I'm pleasantly surprised that it still sounds like AIC. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by loony767
4.0 out of 5 stars When the sun rose again...
Not an immediately welcoming album and very much in the same vein as their debut, strangely, albeit far better. Read more
Published on 13 July 2011 by ratmonkey
5.0 out of 5 stars If all their albums are like this, I want them all.
This is my first AIC album. But if all their albums are like this, I want them all.

There is something very unique about AIC sound, their approach to songwriting, the... Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2011 by Vaclav Smerda
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice will blow you away once more
Fantastic new album, that just gets better and better with every listen. This album pulls together the best elements of their last albums and produces as complete an album as you... Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2011 by R. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars A great return to form.
Alice in Chains have, over the years, produced some magnificent records. Rooted in the grunge scene they ploughed a succesful furrow that culminated in the brilliant Unplugged... Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2011 by Mr. M. L. Hawes
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