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Reply #30 on: June 13, 2021, 06:38:59 PM




I'm not totally sold on the tune of the original tbh, but Layne's voice is undeniable. As is Alicia's — what a robust vocal in this one.

Her description is interesting:

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hii! this one is my favorite alice in chains song. although i don't relate to this song that much, since i don't smoke and the only thing i drink is water and orange juice lol, i'm just completely hypnotized by everything about the song. layne's voice, the super distorted guitar. idk, every song from the dirt album is next level.
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Reply #31 on: June 13, 2021, 08:12:52 PM
Smooth frettin' ~ dig it.


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Reply #32 on: June 27, 2021, 04:06:59 PM


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Reply #33 on: July 19, 2021, 02:32:48 AM




0:37 is undeniable.

As with "Stuck On You," she seems to have re-written the chord progression. This is a more streamlined take that really fits her style. Similar to her stripped-down version of "When You Sleep" that focuses on the core melody.

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hii!!! one more from the smiths. i changed the song a little bit but i hope u don't mind :)
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Reply #34 on: July 19, 2021, 05:13:44 PM
I ran across a negative comment on this video, which I won’t repeat, but “boring” was the jist of the criticism. So this got me thinking. How would I explain the appeal to someone who’s not on board? So here’s my dumb essay.

For starters, and you’ll have to trust me on this, it does go beyond “pretty girl sings nostalgic songs.” If we set aside her vocal talents and talk about style and approach, I think it’s primarily about subtlety.

Music taste is extremely subjective of course. To me, Adele sounds like unbearable shrieking. My system rejects overadorned vocals and basically any amount of melisma. So Alicia Widar’s calibration is pretty much perfect. I prize tone and timbre and tasteful, subtle choices above all else.

I will absolutely acknowledge that not all of Alicia’s covers expressively plumb the depths of emotion (although some certainly do). But let’s appreciate the deceptively simple thing that’s happening. Any song she interprets, no matter the subject, comes out clarified and sweetened, but somehow still raw. If you want to know who she is as an artist, that’s the simplest way to put it.

I’ve seen some criticisms of her Alice In Chains covers—should you really be tackling this subject matter if you don’t have that life experience? To which I say of course, why not, as long as you’re honest about it. Alicia doesn’t pretend to be anything she’s not. In fact, there’s a certain aesthetic joy in seeing a straight-edge sheltered girl sing about heroin addiction with hello kitty bedsheets and stuffed animals in the background.

Most of the time she’s just being herself and exploring moods. And that’s pretty great.
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Reply #35 on: July 25, 2021, 10:36:05 PM


Simple & beautiful. And the new mic definitely makes a difference.

Wholesome vibes in her description:

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hiii!!!! thank u for 200K!!!!! i still can't believe it.

thank u for always leaving nice comments and supporting me, i never thought i would accomplish something like this :)
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