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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good album, 5 Aug 2005
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P. Philips (Sutton Coldfield UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Above (Audio CD)
As others have said, this album deserves to be better known.
The 4 musicians together produce a warm, mellow album that sounds quite unlike anything by their usual bands. I feel that
Layne Staley is the real star of the album since he wrote virtually all the lyrics and plays a fair bit of guitar, whereas with Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell wrote most of their material.
The standout tracks I think are Wake Up(the opening track), River Of Deceit, Long Gone Day and Lifeless Dead.
As well as the excellent guitar work of Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and drums by Barrett Martin of the Screaming Trees,
'Above' serves as a worthy tribute to both Layne Staley and bassist John Baker Saunders who both later died tragically of drug overdoses.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it!!, 29 May 2013
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This review is from: Above (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
A brilliant mix of blues, rock and grunge...The "new" Mark Lanegan songs stand up to the rest of the album (although the haunting voice of Layne Staley is sadly missed)....Probably Mike McCready's finest hour?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Above light, 6 May 2013
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A truly honest piece of work from four men with severe sensitivities and a great level of artistic creativity. One of the groups i would always put on a "would have liked to have seen live" list.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic, 4 April 2013
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Mr. P. Moore "pm" (uk) - See all my reviews
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The original album was great, but this is fantastic, live at the Moore, more previously unseen footage, and the three new songs featuring Mark Lanegan are the icing on the cake, they really stand out. Just buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle, moving, and simply beautiful, 28 Sep 2007
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It's hard not to be completely in awe of Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley's vocals and lyrical ability. This singer as well as the troupe of Screaming Trees and Pearl Jam members that make up this album, were the voices of my twenties. The recording, made after an extended Jam session at a Seattle cafe with Staley and Peal Jam went exceptionally well, features vocals hewn from pain, sorrow, and remembrance of things past. At times it feels like a jam more than a directed recording, but why should that be a bad thing - the opening "Wake Up" is unmatched for its cascading chorus, the mellow tints - it's so engulfing you fancy the light in the room might be dimming in time with the quieter moments. Screaming Trees fans will enjoy Mark Lanegan's guest appearance on 2 tracks. It is a sad testament to the march of heroin that 2 of the band (Baker and Staley) have died from an overdose. There is one more song (a John Lennon song cover) on the Lennon Tribute Album "Working Class Hero" called I don't Wanna be a Soldier." Other than that, these songs are all we ever got.

Rest in Peace.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly obscure, 27 Feb 2005
This review is from: Above (Audio CD)
It's unlikely that your after this album unless your familiar with the works of Alice in Chains (Layne Staley) or Pearl Jam (Mike McCready), the two main 'stars' of this side project. However 'Above' is not reminiscent of either of the above bands in terms of sound; rather it has a much more subdued, Jazzy/Bluesy feel to it. Why this album is not more widely acclaimed is beyond me, perhaps because its probably the least commercial album to come from the grunge era. Don't expect a continuous masterpiece as with Pearl Jams 'Ten', although it would be foolish not to own this album. The opening track 'Wake up' is worth the money alone, alongside a handful of other undiscovered works of art. Skip through the distinctively ordinary tracks and be inspired.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ----- -- ---- ------, 23 Jan 2005
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This review is from: Above (Audio CD)
This album is really really good.
The opening track epitomises Layne's vocal abilities, harsh and beautiful. It sounds so soulful that you can't help being sucked into the world of the music. It's not samey (appart from maybe Mike's solos, which at times sound all too familiar to previous efforts) and thusly makes it always interesting and always great to listen to. I think Layne Staley is one of the greatsest singers and this is no exception. Best songs?
... 'Wake up', 'River of deceit' and 'i'm above'.
Buy it if you like any of the artists involved or even if you don't!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ephemeral, mad season..., 3 Jun 2004
This review is from: Above (Audio CD)
Mad Season - existence of the band was a season, indeed. "Above" is the first and simultaneously the last album of this ephemeral project. Mad Season's specific sound was due to Layne Staley (Alice In Chains) and Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) who - when played together - emitted an incredible dose of energy (what can be seen on their concerts). I strongly recommend MS. In my opinion, "Above" is one of the most mature grunge albums ever - an absolute must-have! Season bands (or rather projects?) are the best - consider the example of Temple of the Dog ;)...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 18 April 2013
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This review is from: Above (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
Live at the Moore concert on dvd alone is worth it. I can finally delete the VHS rip!
Get the deluxe edition!
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic re-issue., 4 July 2014
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late grunge era classic - great package all together. DVD is great.
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