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4 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great..., June 6, 2006
This review is from: Jar Of Flies (Audio CD)
Just a few minutes ago i wrote a review of STP's "Core", where i mentioned something about cherishing songs for all your days to come. This is a pure example of an album that i will cherish for all my life.
It is simply amazing, mind-blowing, breath taking, you name it. All of it's songs are excellent. Starting off with "Rotten apple", a very, very beautiful song that has those amazing vocal harmonies between Layne and Jerry and a true sense of intimacy. My favourite!!
Then, there's "Nutshell", also very beautiful and giving you a mixed feeling. You can feel both happy for it's beauty as well as sad because it is truly a "preety-sad" song.
"I stay away" reminds me of good times spent in a place in Lisboa called "Bairro Alto", where me and my friends used to hang out and there was this joint that played this album over and over. So this song always reminds me of those great summer nights spent there having loads of fun, preety much s***faced but for those who know the place, you know that's the feeling. And for me it's the optimistic "lift up" of the album!
"No Excuses" is probably the most known song of them all, but that doesn't take away the credit that it has for being an awesome song. Hypnotic as only Alice in Chains knew how to make'em. "Whale and wasp" is a very curious song, because i picture it as a wave of light, with peaks and falls. The funny thing is that i relate the peaks to the wasps and the falls to the whales. If you listen to it, see if any of this makes sense...
"Don't follow" is to me the weakest song of the album, because it is very much clean cut, without that depressive edge that AIC gave to their songs. But it is still a great tune, although from all the 7 it is probably the one i would skip. The lyrics also feel like "Over now", a statement of Jerry's feelings towards Layne's addiction, and that's where the true value of the song is.
"Swing on this" sounds a bit like "Hey guys, aren't you tired of nice songs?" "Yeah, let's do something weird and agonizing again!" "YEAHH!!". Again, those criptic harmonies and the sense of heroin on the lyrics, plus a faster pace make it a sore goodbye for the album. Very good, especially the chorus and it's cynicism. "Let me be, i'm alright/Can't you see, i'm just fine/Little skinny, okay/ I'm asleep anyway!". The whole song sounds like a reply to "Don't follow" I won't reccomend this album for the fans, because i believe they have it (and i was lucky enough to get "Jar of flies" and "Sap" in the same pack!) I reccomend this album for all who like good music. This is great music. And sadly it seems that i rated this as a 1, when i wanted to rate it as a 5!
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Initial post: Oct 6, 2008 11:19:41 PM PDT
Excellent review....but it's never too late to change a rating as long as you haven't submitted anything. You obviously mentioned this, so I don't understand why you couldn't click on the last star before you clicked on the Post button.

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 7:33:52 AM PDT
is it that difficult to move your mouse to a five star rating??

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 3:55:36 PM PDT
Jose David says:
You can always copy your own review and delete it.
Then paste it again but with a different rating.

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 9:29:26 AM PDT
OLA, AMIGO PORTUGUÊS!!!!! Sou um Brasileiro que ama HEAVY METAL e ALICE IN CHAINS..... Camarada, por favor troque essa 1 estrela por um 5 estrelas....JAR OF FLIES não merece reviews ruins,,,,,Como você mesmo falou, THIS IS GREAT MUSIC!!!!!! ( Isso é ótima música!!!!!) Até mais ver!!!!!!
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