Alice In Chains' "Hollow" Vs. Ivan & Alyosha's All the Times We Had

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Kyle Dean Reinford
Ivan Y Alyosha celebrates the release of its new LP, All the Times We Had (2/26, Dualtone) with a CD release show,

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Alice In Chains' "Hollow" Vs. Ivan & Alyosha's All the Times We Had

  • Alice In Chains' "Hollow" Vs. Ivan & Alyosha's All the Times We Had

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    ivanalyoshatimesweb.jpg
    Kyle Dean Reinford
    Ivan Y Alyosha celebrates the release of its new LP, All the Times We Had (2/26, Dualtone) with a CD release show, Saturday, at Showbox at the Market.

    Alice In Chains, "Hollow" (Out Now, Virgin, aliceinchains.com)

    Ivan & Alyosha, All the Times We Had (2/26, Dualtone, ivanandalyosha.com)

    The pretty melodies and spot-on harmonies on I&A's debut would have been more welcomed in 2008, when the idea of Northwest city kids watering down rock with indie-folk harmonies was still fresh (and often exciting). It's not that they aren't, as the band sings, "easy to love," it's that 5 years later, most of us have had our fill.

    On the other hand, Alice in Chains' "Hollow" - the teaser from the band's forthcoming LP--is a reminder that its harmonies are as distinctive as the Beach Boys and CSNY, but with a darker forecast that fewer bands have tried to emulate (with good reason), keeping the sound fresh and unquestionably AIC's. When more bands start looking for their own sound, instead of settling for a pretty one, we'll have something new to celebrate.

     
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