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Released:

Sept. 29, 1992


Rating:

4.000 (average of 5 ratings)


Genre:

grunge rock


Quotable:

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Album Tracks:

  1. Them Bones
  2. Dam That River
  3. Rain When I Die
  4. Down in a Hole
  5. Sickman
  6. Rooster
  7. Junkhead
  8. Dirt
  9. God Smack
  10. Iron Gland
  11. Hate to Feel
  12. Angry Chair
  13. Would?


Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 4.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 4.0


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 6
peak on U.K. album chart 42


Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Would? (8/8/92) #19 AR, #19 UK
  • Them Bones (10/17/92) #24 AR, #30 MR, #26 UK
  • Angry Chair (1/30/93) #34 AR, #27 MR, #33 UK
  • Rooster (3/13/93) #7 AR
  • Down in a Hole (10/2/93) #10 AR, #36 UK


Awards:

Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.


Dirt

Alice in Chains

Review:

Dirt is Alice in Chains’ major artistic statement and the closest they ever came to recording a flat-out masterpiece. It’s a primal, sickening howl from the depths of Layne Staley’s heroin addiction, and one of the most harrowing concept albums ever recorded. Not every song on Dirt is explicitly about heroin, but Jerry Cantrell’s solo-written contributions (nearly half the album) effectively maintain the thematic coherence – nearly every song is imbued with the morbidity, self-disgust, and/or resignation of a self-aware yet powerless addict.” SH

“Cantrell’s technically limited but inventive guitar work is by turns explosive, textured, and queasily disorienting, keeping the listener off balance with atonal riffs and off-kilter time signatures. Staley’s stark confessional lyrics are similarly effective, and consistently miserable. Sometimes he’s just numb and apathetic, totally desensitized to the outside world; sometimes his self-justifications betray a shockingly casual amorality; his moments of self-recognition are permeated by despair and suicidal self-loathing.” SH

“Even given its subject matter, Dirt is monstrously bleak, closely resembling the cracked, haunted landscape of its cover art. The album holds out little hope for its protagonists (aside from the much-needed survival story of Rooster, a tribute to Cantrell’s Vietnam-vet father), but in the end, it’s redeemed by the honesty of its self-revelation and the sharp focus of its music.” SH


Review Source(s):


Would?



Them Bones



Angry Chair



Rooster



Down in a Hole



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Last updated March 27, 2011.