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Black Gives Way To Blue

28 Sept. 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 25 Sept. 2009
  • Release Date: 28 Sept. 2009
  • Label: Virgin Records America
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 Virgin Records America, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 54:13
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  • ASIN: B002Q1JRWI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,542 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gary Atkins on 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 By J. Jenkins on 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 By Mr. C. K. Adamson on 12 Jan. 2010
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wattsenhausen on 1 Oct. 2009
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Alice in Chains are back, with a big fat guitar sound backed by the best rhythm section in rock, searing harmony vocals, brilliant production and a host of dark melodies. But it is unmistakeably Alice - this isn't a Jerry Cantrell album with the old band, and equally it isn't a nostalgia-fest; there's a certain natural feel about the album, you feel that if they'd been around for the last 13 years, this would still have been the album they'd have produced.

It opens up big and powerful with "All Secrets Known", segues into "Check My Brain", a classic crawling Alice second-track (you know what I mean, it slots straight in with "Brush Away" and "Damn That River"), and in time finds its rhythm with some dark heavy rock and some delightfully melodic and winsome ballads, most notably "When the Sun Rose Again", my stand-out track of the album.

It's not perfect - the album feels one-paced at times, and a bit more switching between light and shade on the guitar in the heavier songs would have improved them. And I suspect that I'm not alone in feeling that William Duvall's voice could have been showcased a little more; his main role here appears to be as harmony to Jerry Cantrell's lead, when he is well capable of taking Layne's role as the searing heartfelt lead vocal. That said, it's the best album I've heard this year.

I can't make the UK dates, which is a real regret for me. Here's hoping they tag a few dates on at the end, or get to tour a follow-up album soon - very soon.
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