Last Friday, Canadian rock band Rush released a reissue for 2112, as this year marked the landmark album’s 40th anniversary. The reissue features a variety of raw and rare, live and unreleased songs, along with covers by artists carefully selected by the band.
Foo Fighters members Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins feature on the album, as well as Canadian musicians Jacob Moon and Billy Talent. However, the reason for my sudden interest in this album is because of Alice in Chains appearing on the reissue. For those who know me, they know that I am Alice’s biggest fan, and I may be bias, but their cover of Rush’s ‘Tears’ is truly excellent.
What was originally a melodic and sweet piece of music was transformed into a grittier, harder track by Alice in Chains. They infused their own style into the song; adding touches of grunge and heavy metal, with heavier sounding guitars and Alice’s classic harmonies, which the band are well known for. You can listen to the track below:
Lead singer William DuVall has the perfect voice for this cover. His voice is so soft and silver-toned; flawless for the verses where there is an absence of any grunge hints, but nonetheless beautiful. When the chorus hits us is when guitarist and occasional vocalist, Jerry Cantrell, joins in for those harmonies that I live for. That’s when the song becomes less dreamy and more mighty. The chorus pulls the song together to make it so strong.
Alice in Chains have managed to cover this song and make it just as good, dare I say even better than the original, in my opinion. Yet again though, I may be slightly bias. Jerry Cantrell could do absolutely anything and I’d still think it was amazing. Oh well.