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THE GRUNGE MATCH - 065

Match 065:

Jerry Cantrell "My Song" (1998)
Nirvana "Plateau" (Unplugged) (1994)
 Pearl Jam "God's Dice"
Soundgarden "Exit Stonehenge" (1994)

"My Song" was the other ubiquitous single from "Boggy Depot".  It's more mellow, but still on the electric side.  That's one thing about this album: not much acoustic guitar.  Every other Alice In Chains album has notable doses of it, save for "Facelift".  "My Song" is a weird case for me because I heard the crap out of it for two years, got sick of it in spite of liking it a lot, and...never really went back to it.  This song really only has the one riff and the pre-chorus melody going for it.  Everything else is pretty underwhelming.  It's not horrible, but...eh, you'd think after all this time hearing the song again would bring...something.  But nah.  It's merely okay.

"Plateau" is the first of three songs on "Unplugged In New York" that feature The Meat Puppets as guest musicians, which is fitting since they wrote all three songs they're on.  "Plateau" is a groovy tune.  No, actually, it has a groove.  Which is interesting because the guitar riffs are all super high on the neck and the bass feels non-existent.  Just Dave Grohl holdin' it down with a phat beat.  (Hey, this was the 90's.  Phat beat wasn't nearly as cliché as it is now.)  Points off for Cobain utterly failing to hit any of the high notes, though.

"God's Dice" is a song that sounds like it could have fit on "No Code" as a more rockin' number that hit the cutting room floor.  It's got a neat, yet too short by half, middle section that gets dreamy for just a second.  One heartening thing about "God's Dice" is Eddie Vedder seems to be adjusting to his new vocal limitations and making the best of them.  That's part of aging gracefully in rock and roll, and it's not always easy to do.

"Exit Stonehenge" is bullshit.  It should never have been released.  It's about not being able to touch your penis, exit stonehenge.  Throw in wanky guitar and this is something that would've been right at home on "Ultramega OK", which is NOT a compliment.

"My Song": 4
"Plateau": 3
"God's Dice": 2
"Exit Stonehenge": 1

TOTALS:

Alice In Chains: 171
Soundgarden: 165
Pearl Jam: 165
Nirvana: 149

Alice In Chains is beginning to pull away a bit, and Pearl Jam has re-tied Soundgarden for second!  Nirvana scores another three to pull them up all the much more.  Keep it locked for another block of rock, because I seem to be good for naught but clichés this morning!

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