Friday, May 8, 2015

Song of the week: "Anger Rising" - Jerry Cantrell

Talking about grunge usually involves some kind of discussion of the enigmatic frontmen of that era.  Kurt Kobain, obviously, but also Eddie Vedder, Layne Staley, and others.  

With Alice in Chains, it's fair to focus on Layne Staley, since he was mezmerizingly tortured and obviously going through a fairly horrendous heroin addiction.  But a major part of Alice in Chain's sound were the harmonies with guitarist/song-writer Jerry Cantrell.  It's Cantrell more than anyone else who's allowed the band to come back in recent years and be taken seriously.

Cantrell's done some solo work as well, and it's worth listening to for fans of Alice in Chains, even if it's not quite the same.  

I had a pretty easy time of it when I got my wisdom teeth removed, except that I had a hell of a headache immediately after waking up from the anesthetic.  After struggling to eat a piece of pizza, I retired to the basement I inhabited and played solitaire while listening to "Anger Rising" on repeat (not because I was angry, just because it's a great song).

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