Rainier Fog

Alice in Chains - Rainier Fog
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2018 Ratings: #468 / 733
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Based on 92 ratings
2018 Ratings: #752
August 24, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

This is music made from a band that has been through the wringer and is happy to settle down and play, and there's an undeniable appeal to that open heart, particularly when it's camouflaged underneath such nominally heavy music.

80
NME
With their sixth album, the Seattle grungers find beauty in heaviosity to create a life-affirming statement.
80
GIGsoup

There is an underlying optimism that flows through this LP, as though they have finally put something behind them. Whatever it is, it's infectious.

80
No Ripcord

There is plenty here to suggest that the current iteration of Alice In Chains have produced a great rock record on its own merit.

70
PopMatters

The main issue with Alice in Chains' Rainier Fog is that the band never climbs from the bottom to the top of that mountain to give us all of their range. Still, a solid effort.

70
Exclaim!

Rainier Fog is more than just another Alice in Chains record; it's another step in the process of redefining their sound since their first comeback record, 2009's Black Gives Way to Blue. The band are much more than a simple grunge band these days, and their use of doom and sludge elements has come to be the best aspect of their sound.

70
Spectrum Culture

There are no clear hit singles on this album but it’s got a strength and quality throughout that is at least what we’ve come to expect.

67
Consequence of Sound

While not the strongest of the band’s second-era output, it’s a nice addition to Alice in Chains’ impressive discography.

57
Pitchfork

For all its volume and bursts of power, Rainier Fog feels like an unnecessary regression.

50
Rolling Stone

Rainier Fog ... feels as though it’s stuck between gears.

ElectricMess
69
I mean it'd be great if it came out in 1995
Plats
69
I feel that in the age where Grunge is dying, Alice In Chains are doing their best to keep it alive. But “Rainier Fog” seems like their grungiest grunge album to ever grunge their grungy discography... grunge, with plenty of sweet riffs! Fuck that’s a lot of grunge!

Edit: Eh?

Fav Tracks: The One You Know, Ranier Fog, So Far Under, All I Am, Red Giant, Fly

Least Fav Track: Never Fade

Score:
6.9
Decent
Emme_Strt
77
Mantiene con bastante esencia lo que siempre fue AIC y es bastante bueno como siempre el trabajo de las voces
JoaoSantos
48
It may not be that bad but it felt like an eternity and I was already uninterested by the fifth song
MinatoArisato
45
After all these years Jerry Cantrell still astounds me with his voice but I suppose that's the only astounding thing on Rainier Fog. Alice in Chains have made a record this is as 90's and grunge as they come in 2018. Not anything about this record is new or exciting, it's the same grunge sound the band were delivering back in the 90's except it's worse and doesn't have any of the charm of records like "Dirt" or "Black Gives Way To Blue". Rainier Fog is just serviceable ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#9/Classic Rock Magazine
#18/Kerrang!

Track List

  1. The One You Know
  2. Rainier Fog
  3. Red Giant
  4. Fly
  5. Drone
  6. Deaf Ears Blind Eyes
  7. Maybe
  8. So Far Under
  9. Never Fade
  10. All I Am
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