|1. Them Bones|
|2. Dam That River|
|3. Rain When I Die|
|8. God Smack|
|9. Iron Man|
|10. Hate To Feel|
|11. Angry Chair|
|12. Down In A Hole|
The influence on current bands like Staind can't be underestimated..... Layne Staley's vocals are easy to praise, but Jerry Cantrell's song writing is equally noteworthy. With the self-titled follow up album having few high points.
An essential part of rock/metal history.
The music is of excellent quality throughout, founding member Jerry Cantrell's guitar playing is often inspirational and the the rhythm section is also superb.
Best of all, however, are Layne Staley's beautiful and heartfelt vocals. Truly one of rock's greatest vocalists, his singing really sounds emotional and personal, unlike the false angst of the post-grunge wannabes.
The tone, both lyrically and musically, is moody and depressing throughout, generally dealing with the likes of death and drug abuse. Until, perhaps, the final song (and standout track) 'Would?'. Although the verses are still slow and brooding, to me, the chorus seems to suggest a sense of hope.
'Dirt' is a must have album, and one of the stand out moments of the grunge era. It is almost impossible to listen to it without fealing at all moved, particularly after Layne Stayley's tragic death.
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