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Media Type: CD
Artist: ALICE IN CHAINS
Title: FACELIFT
Street Release Date: 08/28/1990
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Genre: ROCK/POP
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 28, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: August 28, 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CBS
  • Run Time: 54 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000272N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Facelift(1990). Alice In Chains' First Album.

In 1990, when Hair Metal such as Nelson and Slaughter still dominated the charts, a drastic change was about to happen. In Seattle, Washington, four bands(Soundgarden, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice In Chains) were about to change the face of music forever, giving a slap in the face to the happy-party attitude of previous music, and dishing out depressing songs that appealed to teen rebels(sort of like myself!). Alice In Chains, after the release of their debut album, 'Facelift', became the first band to achieve minor success, scoring the minor rock radio hits "Man In The Box" and "Sea of Sorrow". Although the album and the hits later became legendary, fans, including myself, typically overlook 'Facelift', instead buying a compilation or 'Dirt'. Is it a mistake that many fans overlook 'Facelift' or not? Read on to find out!

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We Die Young- 'Facelift' starts off with "We Die Young", a psychotic rocker that resembles early Soundgarden and Black Sabbath, but even heavier and darker. Layne Staley's emotion, as always, leaves me breathless. Great start!

Man In The Box- What hasn't been said before? Along with "Rooster", "Man In The Box" is Alice In Chains biggest hit, and it's no surprise. Cantrell's pounding, sinister power chords, combined with Layne Staley's eerie, yet catchy harmonies raises eyebrows everywhere. Not to be missed.

Sea of Sorrow- Basically a classic metal song, "Sea of Sorrow" brings back the sound of classic bands like The Scorpions and Aerosmith. Cantrell's riff is reminiscent of retro-Scorpions, while putting in influences from Joe Perry. Layne Staley sings the twisted morals of the song quite well, and it's obvious this is a fan favorite.
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When FACELIFT was released, the metal scene had started to become stale. Everywhere you looked, hair bands where the dominating scene so when this rocking, sometimes dark and dreary album was released, music become good again. This album is full of classic songs that to this day continue to get a good amount of airplay on various radio stations. WE DIE YOUNG, MAN IN THE BOX, SEA OF SORROW, BLEED THE FREAK, LOVE HATE LOVE, I CANT REMEMBER, IT AINT LIKE THAT are some heavy songs that rock and suck the listener right in. When I came back from the Gulf War in '91, MAN IN THE BOX was a huge hit, being played all over the radio and MTV. Remember this album was released before NEVERMIND and TEN the success of this album helped to pave the way for the future success of Nirvana and Pearl Jam. I have always thought that AIC blew those two bands away with only SOUNDGARDEN coming close to them. I highly recommend this album to serious hard rock fans. AIC is more metal than grunge and this album shows the future promise this band had and prepared us for the future great albums they made. RIP Layne. Every track rocks
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Along with Soundgarden, Alice in Chains was the heaviest of Seattle's grunge scene, and their music was simply the best of the genre. The opener, which is the haunting, stripped-down "We Die Young", is surprisingly fast for grunge music, while remaining very heavy and showcasing the best of Jerry's guitar work. "Man In The Box", the second track, is a bouncy, slow song about a guy with a seriously bleak outlook. The rest of the album is typical Alice, with elements that composed Dirt, their next and best release. This is, in a nutshell, the foundation that made Dirt great. It you know Alice, get this one and you'll love it. Otherwise, get Dirt.
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If you were to ask most people on the street what genre Alice In Chains were part of, they'd probably respond by saying "grunge." While Alice In Chains could be described as grunge; with their Sabbath-like sludgy guitars and growling vocals, they could just as accurately be labeled hard-rock or metal. While Nirvana and Soundgarden were influenced by Iggy and the Stooges and Black Flag, Alice in Chains paid just as much homage to Van Halen, albeit with heavier, more grinding riffs. Alice in Chains debut album "Facelift" makes this abundantly clear.

Released in 1990, "Facelift" has an 80s feel to it. Like many other rock albums released in the late 80s/early 90s, "Facelift" is heavy on melody and sing-along-choruses. That is not to say that "Facelift" doesn't have the classic AIC sound; it's just that "Facelift" has some of the staples of the time in which it was released.

"Facelift" pays equal homage to both Black Sabbath and Van Halen. It has the slow, grinding riffs and downbeat, nihilistic themes of Sabbath, but also the screeching solos and urgency of early VH. It's no small wonder why AIC opened up for Van Halen in the early 90s.

While "Facelift" isn't the strongest album in the AIC catalogue, it is still a fine album. It contains some of the bands best songs, and ultimately some of the best rock singles of the 1990s. And even the songs that aren't quite up-to-par are still pretty good.

The first half of "Facelift" is quite strong with the intense "We Die Young," and "Man in a Box." Both songs, which are usually played back-to-back on the radio, are two of the band's best, most memorable singles. The highly underrated mid-tempo "Sea of Sorrow" and "Bleed the Freak" slow the album down a bit, without causing it to loose momentum.
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