Unplugged Alice in Chains Yes, the Seattle grunge-metal band that took unvarnished morbidity to the top of the charts with 1992's Dirt — an album that was essentially an… Unplugged Alice in Chains Yes, the Seattle grunge-metal band that took unvarnished morbidity to the top of the charts with 1992's Dirt — an album that was essentially an… 1996-07-30 Alice in Chains Rock
Music Review

Unplugged (1996)

EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Jul 30, 1996; Lead Performance: Alice in Chains; Genre: Rock

Yes, the Seattle grunge-metal band that took unvarnished morbidity to the top of the charts with 1992's Dirt — an album that was essentially an extended paean to drug addiction — is back, minus electricity. Dressing up their sludgy dirges in shimmery acoustic finery does little to counteract the prevailing mood of Unplugged's junked-out despondency in songs like ''Down in a Hole'' and ''Rooster.'' One emerges from a listening session with an unclean feeling. The last words on the album are singer-guitarist Layne Staley telling the audience, ''I wish I could hug you all.'' Buddy, keep your hands to yourself. C

Originally posted Aug 09, 1996 Published in issue #339 Aug 09, 1996 Order article reprints
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