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One of the “big four” of Grunge, Alice In Chains’ sophomore album Dirt is recognized and acclaimed as one of the mainstays of grunge, influencing countless others of the genre. It is the band’s highest selling album to date, selling over five million copies worldwide and being certified four-times Platinum.
Rolling Stone has the album listed at number 26 as one of the greatest metal albums of all time, and the album spawned five major singles; ‘Them Bones’, ‘Rooster’, ‘Angry Chair’, ‘Down In A Hole’ and ‘Would?’ each of which with an accompanying music video focusing around the themes of death, war, depression, drug addiction and the like.
Comparatively, vocalist Layne Staley (who died of a drug overdose in 2002) was reported to have been using heroin and marijuana during the recording process, resulting in some of the most emotional honest vocal cuts of the band’s career, especially on the finished recordings of ‘Down In A Hole’ and ‘Angry Chair’.