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THE GRUNGE MATCH - 016

Match 016:

Alice In Chains "Am I Inside?" (1992)
Nirvana "Breed" (1991)
Pearl Jam "Dissident" (1993)
Soundgarden "Circle Of Power" (1988)

"Am I Inside?" has an amazing vocal line.  The key they picked for thisis otherworldly .  And the piano adds just the right element that was missing from something like "Right Turn".  The bongos out of nowhere in the chorus threw me a bit, but hey, it's still a cool chorus, and once again, Ann Wilson does backing vocals.  It's a spooky tune with a more anthemic chorus than you might imagine, yet somehow they make it fit.

"Breed" is gnarly.  It manages to be upbeat, yet its sound is undeniably "grungy", helped along by the fuzzed the fuck out bass of Krist Novoselic.  It has minimal vocals, as the lone verse is replicated for the second, and the chorus is the same all three times, but what Cobain's saying isn't the important part.  It's a song far more concerned with adrenaline, and it pumps that at full force.

"Dissident" is laid back, in spite of Eddie Vedder sounding like he's trying to scrape bones clean on a battlefield during the chorus.  A lot of these songs have Eddie shrieking like he has a problem with all life in his vicinity, insert angry young man archetype and pressures of fame and blah blah, as Vedder might even hand wave away if you asked him about it now.  But that's what he was going through then.  That's what makes it retain its power these many years later, is the dude pulled no punches and wasn't trying to be pretentious (even though at times he may have been on accident). 

Holy shit old Soundgarden keeps finding new ways to annoy me.  You could tell they didn't give a flying fuck what they were doing on this album, and this is supposed to be a comedy track about macho metal imagery, but it just comes off as DUMB.

"Breed": 4
"Am I Inside?": 3
"Dissident": 2
"Circle Of Power": 1

TOTALS:

Pearl Jam: 55
Alice In Chains: 42
Nirvana: 39
Soundgarden: 24

Alice In Chains did better than usual, but they've still lost a point to Nirvana.  Thankfully for them, "Dirt" isn't too far off.  Then things really get interesting...

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