Dan Snierson
July 09, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Nothing Safe: The Best of the Box

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Metal

We gave it an A-

Buried beneath the alternapalooza that was Pearl Jam and Nirvana, these Seattle rockers grunted out their fair share of intoxicating, primal music. The hits album Nothing Safe: The Best of the Box — which serves as teaser for a boxed set and includes one solid new tune, ”Get Born Again” — shows how proficient Alice in Chains were at fusing rib-cage-rattling riffs with creepy-crawly harmonies to create some entrancingly bleak genre-straddling romps. Is it ’80s metal? ’90s grunge? Or just a time-insensitive kick in the keister? A-

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