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Black Gives Way To Blue (Special Edition Boxed Set with T-Shirt)

Alice In ChainsAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)

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Alice in Chains(Formed in 1987, by guitarist Jerry Cantrell bassist Mike Starr, drummer Sean Kinney and Vocalist Layne Staley) is one of the most influential American rock bands in the early 90's. Drawing equally from the heavy riffing of metal and the gloomy strains of post-punk, the band developed a bleak sound that balanced grinding metal riffs with subtly textured acoustic numbers. ... Read more in Amazon's Alice In Chains Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B002QY1F02
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,197 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Includes limited edition XL t-shirt! The new Alice In Chains album Black Gives Way To Blue is the sound of a new beginning of a legendary band returning to life. Right from the album's powerful and deeply meaningful opener "All Secrets Known" through its redemptive closing title track, Black Gives Way To Blue - the first new Alice In Chains album in more than 14 years - is not just another rock reunion, but something far more inspiring. Alice In Chains in the present tense. No replacements. No substitutions. It does no disrespect to the enduring memory of Alice In Chains' late, great lead singer Layne Staley, to say that for all that he brought to the group's music in his lifetime, Alice In Chains always was - and always will be - very much a band. So after taking a more than respectful break to mourn the loss of their brother and band mate-to heal and explore music individually-the surviving members of Alice In Chains-Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez-gradually began to make music again.

Track listing:

1. All Secrets Known

2. Check My Brain

3. Last Of My Kind

4. Your Decision

5. A Looking In View

6. When The Sun Rose Again

7. Acid Bubble

8. Lesson Learned

9. Take Her Out

10. Private Hell

11. Black Gives Way To Blue

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230 of 242 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Triumphant Return of Alice in Chains!!! September 29, 2009
Format:Audio CD
When Alice in Chains released their self-titled album in 1995, it showed the band moving in a different direction from the one they'd explored previously. Jerry Cantrell was singing lead on more tracks than ever before, Layne Staley's vocals were heavily layered (double-tracked), and the grunge sound they'd had turned into a more sludge-metal type sound. Staley died 7 years after the release of that album and it appeared for a while that Alice in Chains had died with him. I worship Layne Staley, but I realize he was not solely responsible for creating the Alice in Chains sound; but, he did leave a large void when he passed away. Since Alice in Chains announced they were recording a new album with new vocalist/guitarist William DuVall, the question running through people's minds has been "Can they do it without Layne?" Well, after steadily listening to this album since it leaked, I can tell you, in all honesty, that they can.

"Black Gives Way to Blue" picks up pretty much where that last album left off. This is not "Dirt Pt. II," but Alice in Chains for 2009 and even with Staley gone, the album still retains the recognizable Alice in Chains sound. There are moments where you can not only feel Staley's presence, you can almost hear his voice. While William DuVall is technically Layne Staley's replacement, Jerry Cantrell handles a large majority of lead vocal duties...But make no mistake, this is not a Jerry Cantrell solo album. This is very much an Alice in Chains album. When DuVall and Cantrell harmonize together in the way Staley and Cantrell did so many years ago, it's pretty clear that Alice in Chains is back.

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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, it really is that good September 29, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Not much I can say that hasn't been said, but the moment I heard "All Secrets Known" and the sludgy guitar kicked in, I was hooked. Great lyrics, great way to slowly bring in the new singer, and the chemistry between everyone is still there. It only took one full listen and I can already say that "Private Hell" is one of my favorite AIC songs. And the more I listen to it, the more I'm beginning to think "Your Decision" is going rank right up there, too.
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53 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite AIC album September 29, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Very excited about this album. AIC has been my favorite band since I became aware of them circa 1994. I really didn't know what to expect with the 13 year hiatus and new lead vocalist, but this album has truly exceeded my expectations.

1. All Secrets Known 8/10 - Great opener. Slow, heavy track. Seemed kinda bland on first listen, but it's grown on me. There's more here than I first thought.

2. A Looking In View 9/10 - The first track to be released from the album back in July. Awesome song all around.

3. Check My Brain 7/10 - This is the radio-friendly rock song of the album. Catchy tune but not all that impressive for AIC. Sort of an advertisement that they have a new album out.

4. Last of My Kind 9/10 - Great heavy rock song. Very cool, Cantrell-ish opening riff. DuVall really shows off his vocals on this one.

5. Your Decision 10/10 - Amazing track. Definite radio single. Likely the "hit" of the album". Great harmonized vocals by Cantrell and Duvall, and very cool lead guitar parts by Cantrell throughout the song.

6. When the Sun Rose Again 9/10 - Very nice acoustic track with harmonized vocals by Cantrell and DuVall. Reminiscent of something off of Sap.

7. Acid Bubble 10/10 - Cantrell at his best. This is the masterpiece of this album. The most impressive arrangement Cantrell has done to date in my opinion.

8. Lesson Learned 8/10 - Catchy medium-pace rock song. Possible radio single.

9. Take Her Out 7/10 - Another medium-pace rock song. I get the feeling DuVall had a hand in this one.

10. Private Hell 9/10 - I really like this track. Another potential radio single.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING! December 10, 2009
By Jeff
Format:Audio CD
For those of you who were wondering if Alice in Chains (AIC) could do it after such a long hiatus, rest assured this album is nothing short of incredible. The album starts off with a track called "All Secrets Known," which will remind AIC fans of the song "Died." Right after that, turn the volume way up because it goes into one of the catchiest songs on the album called "Check My Brain." The guitar riff on this is just ridiculous, and the combination of Jerry and (new guitarist and singer) William Duvall singing makes this song spectacular. This song makes me want to drive fast! The song "Your Decision" will remind AIC fans of "Nutshell" from Jar of Flies. The song "Acid Bubble" is a very intense song and changes rhythm drastically a few times throughout. Turn the volume up on this one too! The highlight of the album, however, is the last two songs. "Private Hell" gave me chills the first time I heard it. Looking at the lyrics, it seems as if Jerry explains the private hell people create for themselves when they don't embrace the people they truly love. Jerry and William sing in perfect unison on this song and the harmony literally touches the soul. One of their best songs ever!!! Finally, the album closes with "Black Gives Way to Blue," which is a tribute song to the late Layne Staley. For those of us who have been fans of AIC for a long time, this song will put lumps in your throat. The length is short (kind of like Layne's life) and Elton John plays piano on it. Jerry shows his voice off like crazy on this song. This album is incredible, and I am happy to say that AIC is back. A warm welcome to William Duvall as well. You fit the band quite well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Solid
Solid album, obviously not as great as the classic lineup though.
Published 5 days ago by Matt W. Metzger
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Alice in chains masterpiece
Their new music is almost as great as their old stuff. Great cd
Published 7 days ago by Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good cd
Published 25 days ago by linda ciampa
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice in Chains have made an amazing comeback! The singer isn't Staley...
Alice in Chains have made an amazing comeback! The singer isn't Staley but now Cantrell has taken up the helm with singing with more songs than he did in previous albums. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Gordon Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Still AIC, Still Great
I wasn't sure what to expect with Black Gives Way To Blue, as I had previously listened to Dirt and AIC's self-titled album. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. Numbers
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Black Gives Way to Blue has fantastic tracks on it and is well worth multiple listens from start to finish. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Thomas B
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic record! Vinyl gives that sonud...
Maybe I will be considered weird, but for me that's the record of AIC that sounds the best. Very moody cuts. And "Check my brain" - like sound avalanche. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marcin Dolecki
3.0 out of 5 stars 4th song excellent
the 4 th song that had a official video is excellent and a few other excellent song and the rest of cd is ok-its worth it if you can get it on sale for a dollar plus $4 shipping
Published 3 months ago by Alto
3.0 out of 5 stars Real rock music
This is a straight forward rock album. You can tell that they are just getting into writing with their new singer. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alan C
5.0 out of 5 stars They are back in a big way
Every song is true to the style of Alice and Chains. This has the same grit and feel of their earlier albums, especially Dirt. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Hill
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Wow, this is not Alice in Chains, this is another Jerry Cantrell album
It's not fair to compare this album to previous AIC releases. Of course it's not going to be the same, Staley's gone and a lot of things have changed for the band to the point where not every song is about depression and drugs, and you can't expect that. If they were, the people who are unwilling... Read More
Sep 28, 2009 by Kevin Gumdrop |  See all 74 posts
Can they do it without Layne?
it will never be the same of course, but i've heard some of the stuff and it is really great. i think Layne was smiling up in Heaven when he heard it.
Sep 20, 2009 by William T. Gittings |  See all 38 posts
So was my Target the only one who ignored this release?
Agreed. I can't justify paying $9.99 for a compressed lossy version of the album when the physical cd is sold for the same price. I ordered it on amazon and got it the day it was released. If iTunes had iTunes LP + ALAC then maybe I would consider getting the Digital version.
Sep 29, 2009 by Joe |  See all 20 posts
Any word on what this is?
I heard a track today on the radio and it sounded really good...glad to hear new material from them.
Jul 1, 2009 by Michael D. Braden |  See all 28 posts
metallica or sucksica??
What's this got to do with the upcoming AlC album?
Aug 26, 2009 by Danny (metal guy) |  See all 14 posts
Will there be a DVD before Christmas/Holidays? Be the first to reply
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