Alice in Chains
Crude or Profane Language
Drug and Alcohol Content
Other Negative Elements
Quite a bit of soul-searching is evident. On "Them Bones," "Sickman" and "Down in a Hole," the group explores themes of man's mortality and the "dirty and diseased" condition of the soul. "God Smack" opposes drug use ("Can't get high/or you will die"). "Rooster" is a tribute to guitarist Jerry Cantrell's father, a Vietnam veteran.
"Junkhead" and "Hate to Feel" undeniably set forth the mindset of the drug user. "Dirt" graphically conveys suicidal leanings ("I want to taste dirty stinging pistol/In my mouth, on my tongue/I want you to scrape me from the walls").
In interviews, the group argues that it attempts to examine these life choices. But some young fans may take lyrics out of context and act on the wrong cue. There's also a heavy dose of profanity on this unstickered album.
Yet another Seattle alternative metal band, Alice in Chains has made inroads with solid musicianship and thoughtful but dark lyrics. However, if placed in the wrong hands, Dirt could inspire drug use or even suicide.