Alice In Chains - Frogs Unplugged (song)
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  • The guitars sound harrowing, especially the amazing use of natural harmonics
  • It's rather interesting, if you actually watch the live version on youtube or on video, Layne actually screws up in the first minute of the song and they have to redo it from the beginning
  • Many people state that Layne's vocals on the Unplugged album are disappointing, which I can agree with in a few songs
  • It's a powerful song and I do recommend you listen to both versions, although I find the unplugged version to be superior


    • by BodgieCrunch
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      “Frogs” is the 11th song on the Alice In Chains Unplugged live album. “Frogs” appeared on Alice In Chains self titled album, but I never really could get into the studio version of it therefore I never really paid it any mind. However the live acoustic and unplugged version is just marvelous.

      The instruments on “Frogs” is brilliant. The raw feel of just natural acoustic instruments really make the song feel even that more brooding and ominous. The guitars sound harrowing, especially the amazing use of natural harmonics. The bass fittingly sounds like a frog croaking and really makes “Frogs” all the more enjoyable. Percussion for this particular song are minimalistic but I feel no notes are wasted, adding to the overall depressing mood of the song. What would an Alice In Chains review be without mentioning Layne


      Staley’s vocals? It’s rather interesting, if you actually watch the live version on youtube or on video, Layne actually screws up in the first minute of the song and they have to redo it from the beginning. Not that it really matters because this is a review on the album release version, but regardless you should check it out. Many people state that Layne’s vocals on the Unplugged album are disappointing, which I can agree with in a few songs. It feels forced and his delivery is off. None of this applies to “Frogs” luckily. I actually prefer his vocal in this live version over the studio version. His voice is raw and emotional and both depressing and beautiful at the same time. The way he can perform falsetto’s and reach the high notes without cracking his ...

      • voice shows just how talented a singer Layne truly was. This is all live nevertheless, so keep that in mind also.

        “Frogs” is a hard song to break down and interpret. It is very vague and can really have multiple meanings. I hate to jump on the band wagon and say that “it is about heroin or drugs or withdrawal” but then again it could very well be about that. The third verse of the song could be about growing up to fast and losing that childhood innocence as you go out into the cold world. The last bit of the song, where it seems to be a monolog is kind of perplexing and just shows up out of nowhere. He states that he’s going to be 28 next week and that he is still young. Could this

        be about the infamous 27 club? Where so many popular music artists died at the age of 27? It kind of sounds like self destruction. You’ll just have to give it a listen and try to figure it out yourself.

        “Frogs” is such an awesome song, and it actually is pretty long for an Alice In Chains song. Although I wouldn’t say that most of their songs are short, “Frogs” is one of only 3 songs that break the 7 minute mark in the Alice In Chains library. Then again it isn’t about length but quality (ain’t that right ladies) and “Frogs” is such an enjoyable song to listen to, especially if you’re in a self meditating/chill mood. It’s a powerful song and I do recommend you listen to both versions, although I find the unplugged version to be superior.




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