Damn. This one is hitting me just the right way.
I was always a fare weather fan of AiC. I thought they had their hits and misses, but when they hit, they hit hard. And as inconsistent as they were, at least they had a great sound.
They’re back after 14 years, and I was really hoping to be surprised. I was, but not in the way I thought I was. I guess I was expecting a reinvention of sorts. But this is classic AiC. The sound is all there, they picked up where they left off, and overall, I think it’s their most consistent album since Dirt. I don’t mind that they found a new singer that sounds close to Layne. They did what they had to do to maintain their sound. And I think he’s good.
The first time through, I was kind of disappointed, but I think that was just due to my preconceived expectations. The grunge is back, unabashedly. Good for them.
The only track that’s not sticking for me is Acid Bubble, but I’ll spin that a few more times. Solid album otherwise, IMO.
Any other thoughts on the new album, or the return of Chains?