9 – Mad Season – Above (1995)

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Mad Season were a grunge supergroup consisting of members from Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam and Screaming Trees. Before you cringe at the term supergroup, this isn’t a band whose big ego’s clashed and they ended up making something disappointing. In fact, listening to this you wouldn’t think a so-called supergroup made this at all. There’s no pretence here and it’s packed full of down to earth integrity. You’d think this was just a set of (incredibly talented) guys playing in their garage.

Despite the grunge background, for me this more of a blues rock album. It’s white-hot, distorted blues jams that really hits you. There are heaps of great songs here and Layne Staley is on stunning form. For me he really makes this album and it’s probably one of the best vocal performances I’ve ever heard on a rock album. He pours his heart into every one of these songs and you feel inclined to do the same.

For me, it’s the perfect rainy day album. It just suits that mood perfectly. But don’t treat it like an expensive item of clothing. Play it any time and I’m sure you’ll appreciate it for what it is.

Personal Fave Track: “Lifeless Dead”

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