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5.0 out of 5 stars
Real Music, Genius, A mellow Alice in Chains, 14 Feb 2005
Words can not even begin to describe as to how this album can grip your emotions, throw them about a bit, and yet when its all over, place them back just as they were. Some would say that this is not an album to listen to after a heart break, or maybe on a lonely night, though I would disagree.
This album is dark, light, and in other cases, what ever you want it to be. Jar of Flies is very different from the albums, which surround its release. This is a mellow Alice in Chains, though none of the attitude is lost. Above all else, this album is simply beautiful, with the vocals and instrumentals sweeping you away from the reality of life for 30 or so minutes.
Cantrell's guitar work is far subtler than Facelift, Dirt, SAP and the self-titled album, though the brilliance of Kinney and Inez shouldn't be overlooked.
The Vocals again are softer, where Staley (rip) and Cantrell share roles as the lead vocalist, complementing each other perfectly.
A quick description of each track can be attempted, but justice could never be done.
1). Rotten Apple: Inez kicks off what is essentially a dark track, possibly the darkest on the album, with a slow gravely base, soon accompanied by Cantrell's Guitar work (electric in this track), never excessive, never understated.
2). Nutshell: This is an acoustic number, and isn't so much as dark as emotion provoking. A fantastic track which only seems to get recognition on the unplugged album, which is such a shame.
3). Stay Away: This is one of the better known songs on the album, and is the start of the album changing tone to a more up beat mood. Certainly a track which could pick you up when your up, and drag you down when your down, though personally I find it lifts up the mood regardless.
4). No Excuses: Like Stay Away, this track is one of the better known ones off the album, though is by far the most "up beat" track on the album along with Don't Follow. Brilliant Guitar work and surrounding percussion throughout.
5). Whale and the Wasp: An instrumental track, and weirdly, despite the lack of any vocals, possibly my favourite track. This short, but deeply touching guitar solo really will change your mood, whether you want it to or not.
6). Don't Follow: The great thing about this track is the way it changes its tone half way though the track, from being slow and melodic, to suddenly faster paced / upbeat with you barley realising.
7). This is probably the closest to Alice In Chains other material this album ventures, although it is certainly not out of place on this album.
Any AIC fan should most certainly have this album in their collection, a must for any rock fan. All self respecting rock fans should own this album, forget the crap which is being pumped out these days singing about teenage struggle and strife, this is the real deal, casting all that nonsensical crap to one side. This is real music.