I really wanted to love this album, but aside from a few obvious highlights such as 'Grind', 'Brush Away' and 'Heaven Beside You', i'd say that it's nowhere near as good as 'Facelift', 'Dirt' or 'Jar Of Flies/Sap'. The problem for me is not the material, more that as a whole 'Alice In Chains' is a tough listen. It's a very dark and murky sounding album but my biggest regret is that Layne Staley's once mighty voice is already clearly shot. The fact that his vocals are layered with different effects, and that Jerry Cantrell had to take the lead on a few songs is the biggest giveaway. It's a shame that Alice In Chains final studio album with Layne was easily their weakest, yet it's still better than what most of the bands who followed in their wake were capable of.
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