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Media Type: CD
Artist: ALICE IN CHAINS
Street Release Date: 07/30/1996
|Audio CD Release Date:||July 30, 1996|
|Number Of Discs:||1|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 290 reviews|
|3. ||No Excuses|
|4. ||Sludge Factory|
|5. ||Down In A Hole|
|6. ||Angry Chair|
|8. ||Got Me Wrong|
|9. ||Heaven Beside You|
|12. ||Over Now|
|13. ||Killer Is Me|
|Average Customer Review: ( 290 customer reviews )
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46 of 49 found the following review helpful:
Amazing Band, Amazing Performance Apr 04, 2007
By Justin G.
The Unplugged acoustic series is one of the best concepts to emerge from MTV in recent years, and Alice in Chains' performance ranks among the best of the MTV Unplugged series.
Alice in Chains was one of the heaviest bands to emerge from the Seattle grunge scene in the early 1990's, and listening to albums like Dirt and especially Facelift it's hard to imagine the band in an acoustic setting, stripped of all of the pummeling heaviness of those two albums. But when you consider the more melodic direction the band took with their Sap and Jar of Flies EPs, you knew the idea had potential.
To sum up the band's Unplugged performance in one word - powerful. As much as I love the Alice in Chains studio albums, once you strip the songs down to the acoustic level it exposes just how good these songs really are, and showcases the incredible songwriting talents of Jerry Cantrell. Layne Staley's emotional vocals are another key element of this album's power. The late vocalist had the ability to channel so much of his self-destructive energy into his performances, and this is no exception. No matter what your opinions on addiction, it's hard not to be moved by Staley's singing, particularly on songs like "Down in a Hole" and "Would". Ultimately, I think this MTV Unplugged album is the best of what Alice in Chains had to offer. With few exceptions, I prefer the acoustic songs on this album to their studio counterparts. They just seem to resonate more in the acoustic setting.
In the end, Alice in Chains Unplugged serves as the band's crowning achievement as well as a testament to wasted potential and what might have been. All Alice in Chains fans should own this album, as should anyone who's into alternative rock, grunge, or hard rock in general.
NOTE: While the CD and DVD versions of Alice in Chains Unplugged have been available separately for some time now, in 2007 they were reissued together as a budget-friendly CD/DVD set. If you missed one (or both) versions the first time around, this affordable collection is a great way to remedy that.
88 of 99 found the following review helpful:
One of the finest Unplugged Albums! [A highlight of the 90's] Apr 12, 2006
By Sunshine the Werewolf
ALICE IN CHAINS - Unplugged
Emotion is something that is difficult to fake, (Even though 90% of the music industry attempts too...) but this CD was full of it. Everything about this album is so real, so sincere... From the beginning of Nutshell you know you are in for a treat... Cantrell's masterful guitar work, with the subtle yet still effective rhythm section of Mike Starr (bass) and Sean Kinney (drums), and then the crooning of the late Layne Staley....
This CD, to this day, still gives me chills when I listen to it... Everything about this CD is amazing... It was played with precision and beauty.
I have to say this CD is as good, if not better than Nirvana's Unplugged album and is up there with Clapton's Unplugged for the best Unplugged Album of the 90's.
If you have never heard this, I highly recommended. Or if you're like me and you've put it down for a few years put it in your CD Player, Now!, and remember this timeless classic...
Favorite Songs: Brother, Nutshell, Over Now, Would?, and Heaven Beside You,
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44 of 49 found the following review helpful:
Top 5 Unplugged Jan 25, 2002
By Luis C. Diaz
Alice in Chains music is a dark but emotional experience and this unplugged setting instead of downplaying the music brings it to a new level. In fact this is one of the best unplugged albums from the 90's in terms of performance. Hard rock bands have a tendency to sound cheessy in an unplugged settings as the songs structure is most sensitive to the acustic instruments and bad songs sound even worst without the electric setting. In this case AIC's songs come through as powerful and hypnotic showing the excelent quality that they have.
In a way, the overall feeling is that of deep delta blues band in an intimate concert. Every band members contributes to this recording with a flawless performance and the songs arregements are inventive and interesting.
14 of 14 found the following review helpful:
The pinnacle of acoustic rock music in the '90s Dec 29, 2000
By E Neum
This is the arguably the closest people can ever get to hearing this band at their very best. MTV saturated the airwaves in the '90s with the term 'Unplugged.' Bands like Nirvana, Bon Jovi, Oasis and more have sat on MTV's stage with acoustic guitars in hand - ready to delight all eager listeners. This album is an accoustic storybook beginning with the first song "Nutshell" and softly ending with the song, "Killer Is Me." With new renditions of hits like "No excuses", "Rooster", "Heaven Beside You" and "Over Now," the band redefines itself as not only a great grunge band but also rock icons of the '90s. Between the hit songs lie those that could have been hits - every single song on this album is that good. Alice In Chains "Unplugged" is easily one of the best albums of the decade. Pop it in the CD player, sit down in your favorite chair because the show is about to begin!
8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Why does this album get such a bad rap!?! Feb 14, 2005
By Andrea David
Alice in Chains Unplugged is hands down one of the most moving compositions I have ever listened to. Its honestly one of the few albums that I can keep in my car CD player for weeks and weeks without feeling tired of it. I get chills from listening to Layne's wails and the acustic brilliance that this album initiates. It starts off with an AIC classic - Nutshell.... its such an underlying outlet for Layne's personal sufferings. All the songs on here seem to be handpicked pieces that were their best work. All of them flow together so well, and all of them are easy to get hooked into. I just think this album is a work of art, to say the least. Most people think its merely mediocre because AIC is known to be a hard-rock/"grunge" type of band. This album, along with Jar of Flies, which is also on the mellow side, are their best work, I believe. Its obvious that there is tension within the group, if you listen closely to Unplugged, and if you've listened to the album enough times (as I have) then it becomes more and more apparent, but it doesn't take away from the level of under-estimated beauty that is displayed. When I was younger, my twin brother owned Jar of Flies, but I never really gave it a chance. Years later, my boyfriend popped in Unplugged into the car CD player and I was hooked on the opener - Nutshell. Ever since then, I got my own copy of Unplugged and Jar of Flies, and I have not been let down.
Aside from my rambling on and on about the importance this album is in any classic 90s rocker collection, I think, whoever you are, do yourself a favor and get this album - sit down with it - chillout to it, and then you'll begin to understand why its such a statement and why I feel that this is a great album for Layne Staley (RIP) to say goodbye with.
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