• John Van de Mergel

Sounds | Jerry Cantrell, Atone


Cantrell is een icoon en ondanks dat hij met zijn solowerk een breder pallet van zijn kunnen aanbiedt, zijn de verwijzingen naar AIC natuurlijk niet te ontkennen. Die stem, die riffs, ze zijn onmiskenbaar 'Jerry Cantrell' en dus onlosmakelijk verbonden met AIC. Ook al is Atone een vrij donkere en zware song, toch zie ik die niet meteen op een AIC album prijken. Het nummer heeft iets 'americana' en een immens coole 'outlaw' swagger die natuurlijk prachtig onderstreept wordt door de knappe video.


Jerry says: “As a fan of Ennio Morricone scores and Sergio Leone movies, it’s got a bit of that outlaw vibe, with a cool psycho hillbilly stomp” he explains “It’s been kicking around in my head for like 20-plus years, haunting me. Sometimes it takes a while for a good idea to find its best form. Such was the case with Atone”.

Brighten is verschijnt op 29 oktober in eigen beheer.

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Beyond the instantly identifiable riffs and equally recognizable vocals, Jerry Cantrell will always be known as a songwriter, first and foremost. Those songs comprise his influential catalog as co-founder, vocalist, and lead guitarist of the iconic Alice In Chains and as a solo artist whose music resounds across culture. He penned two acclaimed solo albums—Boggy Depot [1998] and Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2 [2002]—and appeared on chart-topping records by everyone from Metallica and Deftones to Ozzy Osbourne. His music can be heard in the films of Academy® Award winner Cameron Crowe and Judd Apatow in addition to blockbuster franchises such as John Wick and Spider-Man. Throughout his career, he’s garnered eleven GRAMMY® Award nominations, logged multiple #1 hits at radio, sold north of 30 million records, and received the 2020 Museum of Pop Culture Founders Award as part of Alice In Chains. Not to mention, Guitar World cited him as one of the “100 Greatest Guitar Players of All Time.” Additionally, he received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award from MusiCares in addition to supporting numerous charities over the years. However, he continues to put the songs first on his third full-length solo offering, Brighten. Led by the single “Atone,” these tunes are a worthy addition to Cantrell’s repertoire and the larger American rock ‘n’ roll songbook.


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