Black Gives Way to Blue

Alice in Chains - Black Gives Way to Blue
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2009 Ratings: #401 / 856
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Based on 77 ratings
2009 Ratings: #145
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September 25, 2009 / Release Date
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Virgin/EMI / Label
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Alice In Chains' first record in fourteen years after the release of their 1995 self-titled album, and their first album to be released without former lead singer Layne Staley after his death in 2002. This is also the first record to include future lead singer William DuVall who, on this record, actually focuses primarily on rhythm guitar and only has lead vocal duties on one of the tracks.

I really didn't know what to expect from modern Alice In Chains. I think it's safe to say that, just ... read more
Alice in Chains will never be the same without Layne Staley - and sometimes I often think they're still at their peak with Mike Starr on bass too, but Mike Inez is more than a great bassist and makes up for the space. With DuVall on vocals, is the void filled? I don't think so. I don't think they're ever going to be as good as they once were, but truth be told, on Black Gives Way to Blue, they shine brightest and best they can with their current frontman. 96 is the score I've given this and as ... read more
Alice in Chains are back after over a decade and when they're not as good. They not bad but they are trying to sound like they did in the 90's but yet not doing anything to reinvent the sound leaving just an alright album for their new record with their new lead vocalist. There are some tracks which are good but they don't compare to any songs on Dirt.


All Secrets Known 5.5/10
Check My Brain 7.5/10
Last Of My Kind 6/10
Your Decision 6.5/10
A Looking In View 7/10
When The Sun ... read more
Almost cool.
Just good. Not great.

With Jerry Cantrell still involved, everyone knew this album would at least be competent. This album is "good" in that there are a few keeper tracks ("Check My Brain", "Your Decision" and "Private Hell") and that it manages to avoid any embarrassing ones, but that's about as much praise as I can give Black Gives Way to Blue.

It doesn't hold a candle to Facelift or Alice in Chains, let alone Dirt.
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Track List

  1. All Secrets Known
  2. Check My Brain 
  3. Last Of My Kind 
  4. Your Decision 
  5. A Looking In View
  6. When The Sun Rose Again
  7. Acid Bubble
  8. Lesson Learned 
  9. Take Her Out
  10. Private Hell
  11. Black Gives Way To Blue
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Added on: December 15, 2012