Alice in Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

We all acknowledge the fact that the age of grunge music has long ago come and gone. You might be scratching your head as to why bands like Pearl Jam are still touring and why Alice in Chains has a new album out. This is doubly so perplexing since lead singer Layne Staley died in 2002. Well, for those who are not tried and true fans this is actually Alice in Chains second album since his death. The band has a new singer named William DuVall and while he is no Staley there are still a couple of reasons to enjoy the band’s music. One is the guitar playing of Jerry Cantrell. I sat there listening and was blown away by the quality. Was also thinking “Where were you before, Jerry?!” The guitar riffs are some of the best I’ve heard in a while. It is a good twenty years since the band started recording music and they have convinced me that there is still space in the music world for an aging grunge band as long as they continue putting out music of this shaking the earth quality. Proves that they are one of the few remaining pure rock bands around. Amazingly (since long tracks are never my favourite as they tend to be terribly self-indulgent), my favourite track is the seven-minute humdinger “Phantom Limb”. Listening to it you see that the band is almost as good as it was with Layne Staley and that is good enough for me.

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