I swear that each year I have less and less time to spend listening to new music. It seems like a losing battle anymore to keep up with all the new albums coming out, but I have to keep trying. So rather than pontificate on the albums of the past year - as I've been known to do - I'm going for brevity in an attempt to get more done. And I'm adding one new feature to this year's year-end music wrapup (and future releases as well), by introducing a grading system. Here's the rundown: Dig It - You can safely part with your hard-earned money for this and not feel like a sucker. Download It - Still worth a listen, but you'll probably want to just download it and cherry-pick the best tracks. Ditch It - If you can find something of lasting value, you're a better person than I. Got
Because EMI is a bunch of tight-asses and won't allow embedding of the official video for "A Looking in View", I'm presenting a live version from an August Alice in Chains show in Berlin. Damn that's tight. A full review of Black Gives Way to Blue is forthcoming, but I need more time to absorb the return of one of the greatest bands from the '90s. I can say with full confidence, however, that this song absolutely owns and is among the best in the band's catalog. Layne is of course sorely missed, but William DuVall ain't no slouch. Love those harmonies with Jerry Cantrell.