Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Alice in Chains: Jar of Flies

Although technically not a full album, Jar Of Flies (1994) by Alice In Chains features some of my favorite songs they ever wrote, and certainly contains more great music than many proper length albums, then or now.

There is something about the primarily acoustic flavor of these songs that bring out elements that Alice In Chains truly excelled at, like the supernatural beauty of the way Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell harmonized.

Sometimes 2 voices blend together and somehow create a third voice, something that kind of becomes its own entity.

It is hard to explain, but I have always heard Layne and Jerry as just one voice, one spirit.

Whatever you call it, or however you hear it, it is simply a glorious thing, and it is all over Jar Of Flies.

Check out Nutshell, Don’t Follow, No Excuses, and I Stay Away.

Alice In Chains kind of channeled that kind of spookiness and mystery that Zeppelin perfected on some of their acoustic based material, but filtered through their own version of the Seattle sound.

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