Studio album by Alice in Chains
Released August 21, 1990
Recorded December 1989 - April 1990
Genre Alternative metal, Heavy metal
Length 54:02
Label Columbia
Producer Dave Jerden
Alice in Chains album chronology
We Die Young

Facelift is the debut studio album by the American alternative metal band Alice in Chains. The album was released on August 21, 1990. The album was certified platinum and has gone on to be certified double-platinum by the RIAA for shipments of two million copies in the United States.

Release and receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
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Facelift was released on August 21, 1990, peaking at number 42 in the summer of 1991 on the Billboard 200 chart.[2] Facelift included the singles "We Die Young", "Man in the Box", and "Sea of Sorrow", all of which had accompanying music videos. The album was a critical success, with "Hollywood" Steve Huey of AllMusic citing Facelift as "one of the most important records in establishing an audience for grunge and alternative rock among hard rock and heavy metal listeners."[3] It was also the first grunge album to reach the top 50 in America on the Billboard 200, the first to go platinum.

Facelift was not an instant success, selling under 40,000 copies in the first six months of release, until MTV added "Man in the Box" to regular daytime rotation.[4] The single hit number 18 on the Mainstream Rock charts, with the album's follow up single, "Sea of Sorrow", reaching number 27,[5] and in six weeks Facelift sold 400,000 copies in the US.[4] Facelift was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America by the end of 1990. Alice in Chains was nominated for a Best Hard Rock Performance Grammy Award in 1992 for "Man in the Box", but lost to Van Halen for their 1991 album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.[6] The music video for "Man in the Box" was nominated for Best Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Video at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards.[7]

In June 2017, Ozzy Osbourne ranked Facelift at number 2 on his list of "10 Favorite Metal Albums".[8]

Track listingEdit

All songs by Jerry Cantrell, except where noted.

# Track title Writer(s) Length
1. "We Die Young" 2:32
2. "Man in the Box" Cantrell, Layne Staley 4:46
3. "Sea of Sorrow" 5:49
4. "Bleed the Freak" 4:01
5. "I Can't Remember" Cantrell, Staley 3:42
6. "Love, Hate, Love" Cantrell, Staley 6:26
7. "It Ain't Like That" Cantrell, Mike Starr, Sean Kinney 4:37
8. "Sunshine" 4:44
9. "Put You Down" 3:16
10. "Confusion" Cantrell, Staley, Starr 5:44
11. "I Know Somethin (Bout You)" 4:22
12. "Real Thing" Cantrell, Staley 4:03


Alice in Chains
Additional personnel
  • Kevin Shuss - Additional backing vocals
Production and management


  1. Huey, Steve. Facelift - Alice in Chains. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved on September 19, 2017.
  2. [[[:Template:BillboardURLbyName]] Alice in Chains - Artist chart History]. Retrieved on 2007-11-09.
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  4. 4.0 4.1 Gill, Chris (September 1999). "Dirt". Guitar World.
  5. [[[:Template:BillboardURLbyName]] Singles]. Retrieved on 2007-12-20.
  6. 34th Grammy Awards - 1992. Retrieved on 2007-12-08.
  7. 1991 MTV Video Music awards. Retrieved on 2007-12-08.
  8. Ozzy Osbourne's 10 Favorite Metal Albums. Rolling Stone (26 June 2017). Retrieved on 27 June 2017.
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