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A real one-off,
This review is from: Above (Audio CD)
In the so-called dying days of 'grunge', it couldn't have come at a more worse time than it did: 1995. Yet it was one of those albums that shocked any grunge fan, just like the Temple of the Dog project when it was re-released/unleashed unto the world.
Especially for Staley and McCready, this album proved to be a catharsis (they met up while in rehab, but already knew each other socially) as well as a blessing. With both Staley & bassist Baker Saunders now gone, I can safely say we'll never get an album quite like this ever again: heavy, dark rock music (X-Ray Mind, I Don't Know Anything, the instrumental November Hotel), clean guitar ballads (River Of Deceit), duets with the under-rated Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees), jazz (Artificial Red, Long Gone Day), psychedelia (Wake Up and All Alone).
Add arguably McCready's best guitar playing (fresher than anything on Pearl Jam's Vs. and Vitalogy if y'ask me), Staley's haunting vocals and the wonderful artwork and you've got yourself a classic!