A Looking in View

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"A Looking in View"
Single by Alice in Chains
from the album Black Gives Way to Blue
Released June 30, 2009
Format Digital download
Recorded October 23, 2008 (2008-10-23)[1]-March 18, 2009 (2009-03-18)[2] at Studio 606 in Northridge, California
Genre Alternative metal, doom metal,[3] heavy metal[4]
Length 7:06
Label Virgin/EMI
Writer(s) Jerry Cantrell, William DuVall, Sean Kinney, Mike Inez
Producer(s) Nick Raskulinecz
Alice in Chains singles chronology
"Fear the Voices"
(1999)
"A Looking in View"
(2009)
"Check My Brain"
(2009)
Black Gives Way to Blue track listing
"Your Decision"
(Track 4)
"A Looking in View"
(Track 5)
"When the Sun Rose Again"
(Track 6)
Music video
"A Looking in View" on YouTube

"A Looking in View" is a song by Alice in Chains, featured on their fourth studio album Black Gives Way to Blue (2009). It was released as the lead single from the album on June 30, 2009, marking it as the band's first single since the previous decade. The song was the band's first release with vocalist William DuVall, who replaced the band's original vocalist, Layne Staley. Clocking in at a length of seven minutes and six seconds, it is the longest song Alice in Chains has released as a single.

Lyrics[edit]

Guitarist Jerry Cantrell on the song:

The song basically speaks to any number of things that keep you balled up inside. A cell of our own making with an unlocked door that we choose to remain in. Focusing our attention inward instead of reaching out to a much larger world. I think this is common to us all. It's funny how hard we fight to hang on to a bone we can't pull through a hole in the fence, or how difficult it is to put down the bag of bricks and move on.[5]

Release and reception[edit]

On June 30, 2009, "A Looking in View" was released as the first single from the album and as of mid-August it has peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, at number 38 on the Billboard Hot Alternative Rock Tracks chart, and at number 27 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart.[6][7][8] It was made available for a limited time as a free download through the official Alice in Chains website in early July. It is also available for purchase through the iTunes music store and Amazon.com.

The song was released as downloadable content for the Rock Band and Rock Band 2 music video games for the Xbox 360, Wii, and PlayStation 3 consoles, as part of Alice In Chains Pack 01, which also includes older hits "Rooster", "Would?", and "No Excuses", along with "Check My Brain", also from Black Gives Way To Blue. It was added to the Xbox Live Marketplace and in-game Music Store for the Wii on September 29 and it was added to the PlayStation Network on October 1. The song has been nominated in the 53rd Grammy Awards Ceremony in the category of "Best Hard Rock Performance"

Music video[edit]

The music video for "A Looking in View" premiered on their official website on July 7, 2009 and was directed by Stephen Schuster.[9][10]

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
US Mainstream Rock Tracks[6] 12
US Rock Songs[8] 27
US Alternative Rock Tracks[7] 38

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alice in Chains Working With Rush/Foo Fighters Producer". Blabbermouth.net. 2008-10-23. Archived from the original on 25 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  2. ^ "Alice In Chains Set To Release First Album In 14 Years". Ultimate-Guitar.com. 2009-04-09. Archived from the original on 14 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  3. ^ Kabir, Naushad. "Test Spin: Alice in Chains". The Cornell Daily Sun. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  4. ^ http://www.metalkingdom.net/album/25119_alice_in_chains_a_looking_in_view
  5. ^ "Alice in Chains Announces Tour Dates". Blabbermouth.net. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  6. ^ a b "A Looking In View Chart Position". Billboard.com. 2009-07-11. Retrieved 2009-07-11. [dead link]
  7. ^ a b "A Looking In View Chart Position". Billboard.com. 2009-07-11. Retrieved 2009-07-11. [dead link]
  8. ^ a b "Alice in Chains US Rock Chart". Billboard charts. Retrieved 2009-08-01. [dead link]
  9. ^ Schuster, Stephen. "Alice in Chains 'A Looking in View'". element217.blogspot.com. July 6, 2009.
  10. ^ "Alice In Chains: 'A Looking In View' video available". idiomag. 2009-07-08. Retrieved 2009-07-27.