When the first single A Looking In View was released and over 7 minutes long, I didn’t know what to think. I wasn’t a complete fan right away, but it grew on me. Check My Brain was released over the summer and I first heard it while in a car driving through the Bronx. “This is more like it,” I thought to myself – maybe this album has some potential.
And now that it’s released and I’ve been listening to it nonstop, I’d like to point out that the album is amazing. Of course, it can’t be compared to earlier works like Facelift and Dirt, but even with a new lead singer, it does an excellent job capturing AIC’s original essence. DuVall and Cantrell have some haunting vocal harmonies that take you back to the 1990s. Acid Bubble is byfar the most melancholy and is comparibale to the song Dirt from the album Dirt. This is an example of true 1990s grunge being released in 2009! Other songs such as Your Decision and When the Sun Rose Again focus more on acoustic guitar work. It’s a great mix. Usually when I get an album, I only like 2-3 songs, but as I listened through, they are all unique in their own way and I can never skip any of them.