8. Alice In Chains – Don’t Follow
This is tied with “Down In A Hole” for my favorite AIC track. It’s beautiful, melancholy, and Layne Staley’s vocals here are as raw and powerful as they ever got. This song holds a special place for me because it was the last song I heard on my local rock/metal radio station in 1994 as I was driving south through Indiana to move to North Carolina…made me cry then, and often still does.
After all, you really can’t go home. Ever. I know that, because I went home, and it’s not the same. Many of the free spirits with whom I shared some of the best times of my life are now calcified crazies who think abolishing the EPA will make them free. It’s kinda depressing.
Musically, the guitar sound is rich and full and haunting, with Staley’s harmonica work adding just the right note of blues to carry the emotion home. Highly recommended.