For my money this is a better album than Nirvana's unplugged CD. Where Nirvana might have been about timeless songs, Alice in Chains were about catharsis. Be it through the unrelenting narcotised grind of Dirt to the softer atmospherics of the Jar of Flies EP, AIC is a band which shoots it's messsage deep into your heart. Unplugged is mainly compiled of material off their recent eponymously titled album, packaged by a sleeve featuring a three legged dog. However it is here, despite some superb bluesy guitar playing from Cantrell, that Singer Layne Staley excels.Songs like 'Down in a Hole' and 'Angry Chair', songs which slayed audiences with their power now leave the listener aching in the darkness the band creates. The music is bleak, opiated and haunting but above all darkly and oppressively beautiful. It is hard to transfer into words the effect this album will have on you if you are in pain, but if your not...you should buy it anyway, just to know how it feels.