In 2009, Alice in Chains released “Black Gives Way to Blue,” a masterpiece that ultimately marked their comeback. It sent shockwaves through the rock world with its powerful riffs and “no filler” consistency. Clearly, the band was back and (arguably) better than ever.
“Hollow,” the band’s latest single, explores this newfound potential even further.
“Hollow” has everything that one would expect from an Alice in Chains song: a bellowing Jerry Cantrell guitar riff, reverberating, harmonized dual-vocals, and hard-hitting lyrics that are free of cliché and packed full of dark imagery.
The late Layne Staley can never be replaced. However, William Duvall has established himself as the absolute next best thing; the moment he and Cantrell mutter “turning in circles, slowing down,” it is evident that they generate a chemistry reminiscent of Alice in Chains’ 1990’s glory days.
In a world of copycat artists, Alice in Chains continue to stand as true innovators. “Hollow” is not only a lesson in structure, it is a model of perfection.
Alice in Chains- “Hollow:” 5/5