Jar of Flies: Alice In Chains

Rating: 85%

alice_in_chains_jar_of_fliesReleased in 1994, “Jar of Flies” was another EP by Alice In Chains. This EP boarders the same style as the 1992 EP release “Sap.” It’s a collection of mid tempo songs that are acoustically based with some electric guitar. It features more musical influences besides the genre of Grunge. One will hear more Blues as well as a touch of Country music that is clearly heard on “Don’t Follow” and “Swing On This.” The instrumentation of electric and acoustic never takes away from each other.

This EP is very soulful with regards to the melody of the music. The slower and mid paced tempo is such a great touch. Overall, this EP is good. The flow of the tracks to the production of the entire album really showcases the talent each musician. Musically and lyrically, this album is very dark, but at times, the music tempo that is more upbeat such as “Swing on This” is a welcomed change in pace.

Vocally, Layne Staley is so good. He has a decent range with his vocal style. You will notice that on the song, “Don’t Follow.” Jerry Cantrell again, just nails the nail on the head. He proves that acoustical is just as good as electric. His leads are beautiful on this EP. Again, I love the harmony of the vocals between Jerry and Layne. Mike Inez’s bass lines and Sean Kinney drums are also spectacular.

Track Listing:

  1. “Rotten Apple” 6:58
  2. “Nutshell”   4:19
  3. “I Stay Away” 4:14
  4. “No Excuses” 4:15
  5. “Whale & Wasp” [instrumental]   2:37
  6. “Don’t Follow” 4:22
  7. “Swing on This” 4:04
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