Dirt is the album that put Alice In Chains firmly in the big league. It is a brutally dark album, with death and heroin lurking in virtually every corner. There is raw beauty (the haunting vocal harmonies of Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell are simply a force of nature), memorable story lines (Rooster, Down In A Hole, Angry Chair), and plenty of rock hard riffs (Them Bones, Would?) but overall, Dirt is a relentless ride through the perils of the drug life and it is a no-comprising, non flinching account of what Alice In Chains faced in the years of the early ’90’s. Is it metal or is it grunge? Who cares…it’s a masterpiece of despair with an iron core of never surrendering the fight for life…and it endures for its honesty and bravery. Art is rarely easy, and Alice In Chains found out the hard way.
Written By Braddon S. Williams