Alice in Chains is sometimes unfairly maligned as "hard rock for numbskulls" by folks who can't see past the sludgy distortions, but their mid-'90s songs were easily among Seattle grunge's most sophisticated—particularly those with intricate acoustic arrangements and unpredictable harmonies. All of the above came courtesy of madcap-genius guitarist Jerry Cantrell, who decided to regroup and soldier on after the fatal overdose of frontman Layne Staley in 2002, recruiting shameless sound-alike William DuVall for last year's... More >>>