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Not how they should be remembered
on 15 December 2003
Alice in Chains are one of the truly great bands of the ninetees and have had a major inpact on me as a teenager. This is a band anyone serious about music should not just be aware of, but really get into. Why the three stars then?
As a warning. Buy any other Alice in Chains record instead (i don't mean to be negative but most people here review the albums they love so reviews tend to be biased).
Layne was clinically depressed since after the massive tour for Dirt. He didn't want to write music or perform. He wanted to be alone and do smack. The reason AIC released their self-titled album was because they were bound by their contract, same goes I'm afraid for this live unplugged. For the show to happen Layne was drugged to his eyeballs. It's understandable then that this is not his best performance. Jerry does well to cover him but still, for a band of their magnitude, this is most certainly not how they should be remembered.
I felt necessary to write this as many friends and people I know felt that by buying this they had AIC covered as the tracklist seems flawless. The performances however are flawed. Even if you only want to buy one AIC cd, get Dirt or Jar of Flies. And for a glimpse of how AIC looked and sounded on stage watch Singles.