Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue (3 stars)

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Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue

AC/DC aside, prematurely losing your lead singer is often fatal for bands. Grunge icons Alice in Chains of course lost Layne Staley in 2002 to years of well-documented drug (mis)use, but Black Gives Way to Blue will give them belief that they made the right decision in keeping their heart beating.

‘Check My Brain’ and ‘Last of my Kind’ are plunging nostalgia trips back to their grimy sound, while the title track enjoys an Elton John guest appearance and pop sensibilities. Is it as good as their glory days? Perhaps not, but they gave it a darn good shot.

(Parlophone)

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