Alice In Chains ‎– Sap

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Alice In Chains Brother 4:27
Alice In Chains Got Me Wrong 4:10
Alice Mudgarden Right Turn 3:14
Alice In Chains Am I Inside 5:08
Alice In Chains Love Song 3:44

Versions (11)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
44K 74182 Alice In Chains Sap(CD, EP) Columbia 44K 74182 US 1992 Sell This Version
CT 67059 Alice In Chains SAP(Cass, EP) Columbia CT 67059 US 1992 Sell This Version
44K 74305, 44K 74182 Alice In Chains Sap(CD, EP) Columbia, Columbia 44K 74305, 44K 74182 US 1992 Sell This Version
44K 74182 Alice In Chains Sap(CD, EP) Columbia 44K 74182 US 1992 Sell This Version
44T 74182 Alice In Chains Sap(Cass, EP) Columbia 44T 74182 US 1992 Sell This Version
COL 474913 2 Alice In Chains SAP(CD, EP) Columbia COL 474913 2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
SRCS 6886 Alice In Chains Sap(CD, EP) Sony Records SRCS 6886 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
CK 67059 Alice In Chains Sap(CD, EP, RE) Columbia CK 67059 US 1995 Sell This Version
CK 67059, 67059 Alice In Chains Sap(CD, EP, RE) Columbia, Columbia CK 67059, 67059 US 1995 Sell This Version
COL 474913 2 Alice In Chains SAP(CD, EP) Columbia COL 474913 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
44K 74182 Alice In Chains Sap(CD, EP, RE) Columbia 44K 74182 US Unknown Sell This Version

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Anesthetized

Anesthetized

January 15, 2015
referencing SAP, CD, EP, COL 474913 2

In Alice in Chains career, maturation is manifested song after song. In Facelift the band is in transformation: from classical hard rock to a deeper and more suffered sound. In Sap, an acoustic EP (with some electric sparks) composed at the end of Facelift tour, the band uses Jerry Cantrell blues compositional style in combination with slowed and introspective melodies, laying the groundwork of the future ballads of the band. Cantrell melancholy (evident in the personal reflection of Brother) is looking for a point of contact with Staley alienation (evident in the nightmare of Am I Inside). The band will reach the perfect synthesis in the following recordings (Dirt and Jar of Flies) yet Sap, enriched by Chris Cornell and Mark Arm collaboration, is a jewel that demonstrates the development of one of the most important bands of those years.
Globe199

Globe199

November 28, 2011
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Sap, CD, EP, 44K 74182

I'm only a casual Alice in Chains fan, but I've heard all of their stuff, and this is my favourite. All their studio albums sound the same to me: the first three, the Jerry Cantrell solo album, and even the comeback from a couple years ago -- all the same churning grunge quasi-metal. Not bad stuff by any means, but there's little variation.

By contrast, this EP (and to a slightly lesser extent, Jar of Flies, which is good, but which I found a little too emotionally heavy) demonstrate a respectable range of songwriting and performance capability. Cantrell's gift for melody is firing on all cylinders here, and the band moves effectively from acoustic, bluesy passages to dynamic rock. The surprising addition of Ann Wilson is just great.

As someone who was not a big fan of the overblown grunge/alternative movement of the early-90s, I think Sap is their finest moment and most enjoyable outing. There were so many lousy bands and records that came out of that time, many of them just following what other bands did. It's nice to look back, weed through the blandness, and come away with a work that stands up 20 years later.