Sap is a 5 song ep by the legendary Seattle band, Alice in Chains. An album surrounded in darkness with layers upon layers of color, depth, and sadness. It is truly a wonderful gem in the discography of one of my favorite bands of all time. It is a beautifully haunting melancholy experience, and while it is short lived, I find myself constantly hitting the repeat button just so I can fucking cry again
This band makes me feel on a consistent basis and my heart always yearns for more.
Sap has so many things going for it. Beautiful chord progressions, harmonies, and top notch song writing that all feel very personal and real. On top of having all these awesome things it even has guest appearances from Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Chris Cornell (Soundgarden), and Ann Wilson (Heart).
Stand Out Moments:
• The song “Right Turn” has Mark Arm, Chris Cornell, Layne Staley, and Jerry Cantrell all singing together. Chris completely goes balls to the wall at the end with his insane range while everyone harmonizes and it’s just incredible. For this one song they called the band Alice Mudgarden. GEE I wonder how they came up with that?
• “Brother” is a very personal song. Jerry wrote it about his younger brother who moved away to live with his father after his parent’s divorce. Ann Wilson joins in on the chorus. You can hear the desire for Jerry wanting to reach out to his family.
• “Got me Wrong” is about a relationship Jerry once had. It has a very big chorus with a nifty acoustic riff. On top of the acoustic rhythm it has some very stylish electric guitar licks that over all enhance the quality of the track. (that’s the shit I live for) Here’s some insight from the man himself on the song. “That’s about a girl I was dating in between one of the times I broke up with my true love. A lot of times you’ll tell someone how you don’t want to be in a relationship and why, and what kind of person you are, and they hear all that but think that they can change you. That’s what the song’s about, getting me wrong and the different ways that men and women see each other.” –Jerry Cantrell
A delightful little journey and an interesting step into a more mellow direction is just one example of how diverse and creative Alice in Chains really is as a band. They have everything at their disposal to make the listener feel something so legit. It truly is a magical thing.