The good, the bad, and the distorted.
I'm liking this album a bit more than The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. TDPDH felt a little too bloated and polished; over-produced, I suppose. This is a bit more stripped down and raw, but songs are still a bit too long overall. Only 4 out of 10 songs are less than 5 minutes long. The start-to-finish wall-o'-harmonies isn't as bad on Ranier Fog, either, but Jerry, please
let William carry the songs a bit more.
Honestly, my biggest issue is the audible distortion throughout: the typical gurgling crackling distortion I hear in the extreme left and right that I hear in a lot of tracks I download from the iTunes store. It sounds to me like it could be one of three things: 1.) digital data compression artifacts 2.) digital dynamic range compression artifacts (a certain popular multi-band compressor plug gets a bit crackly when hit too hard) or 3.) when you hit a VCA compressor too hard with the fastest attack and release settings. Of course it could also be my DAC clipping.
Regardless, I'll probably end up buying the CD and playing back on my studio rig. Will be interesting to see if that distortion is still there. So much for the loudness wars coming to an end...
By Album cover says it all!
We miss you Layne....
After you have one of the greatest singers of all time and he passes on and you try to replace him this is what you get..... boring lyrics tired guitar solos, junk that no true A.I.C. fan wants to hear. I tried to give it a chance like I did all other post Staley albums but it’s just not there it does nothing for me except remind me of what this band use to be. It’s like every other great 90’s band that is still trying to make music eventually you realize it has to be the money and no other reason because this is trash....... thanks guys what will your next masterpiece bring............
By chewey 62
Dark thats what i feel lyrics and music are
Perfect together. Very impressed by Williams influence on this one
AIC Strikes Again!!
I love this album!! “Fly” was my favorite for a while, so was “The One You Know”. “So Far Under” was also really good.
Tracks were very enjoyable. Very impressed.
Great listening Rock Album!
By Music to your ears
Spot on Lyrics and melodic guitar riffs.
Best band rebirth since AC/DC
Yeah, I went there. If Back in Black through Flick of the Switch were a great trio of albums after tragically losing their front man; I put these three AIC albums right behind them. It's the kind of music you need to soak in for a few listens and then it starts to click. Not sure this is up their with Black Gives Way or Devil...time will tell. "Maybe" is a great tune and tracks 8 and 9 are a welcome dive back into more of a classic, hard driving grunge sound.
I'm with Andy1980s!
I also have struggled to like the last 3 albums. They are good. And it has nothing to do with the singer. I miss the crazy time changes and diving into insanity like on the 1st two albums. I want twists and turns and not drag. Drag a little, maybe...but not the whole album.
I don’t know how they do it
By Tim Goldberg
They may have peaked in the 90s but AiC are still top-tier and this album is one of the best releases of 2018.