A Looking in View

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"A Looking in View"
ALookinginView.jpg
Single by Alice in Chains
from the album Black Gives Way to Blue
Released June 30, 2009[1]
Format Digital download[2]
Recorded October 23, 2008 (2008-10-23)[3]-March 18, 2009 (2009-03-18)[4] at Studio 606 in Northridge, California
Genre Sludge metal, heavy metal,[5] hard rock[6]
Length 7:06
Label Virgin/EMI
Songwriter(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)

"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 American metal band Alice in Chains, featured on their fourth studio album Black Gives Way to Blue (2009). It was the first publicly released song from the album and was available for purchase on June 30, 2009,[1] and for a limited time it was available as a free download through the official Alice in Chains website.[7] Although it was not the album's first official single,[8] Rock stations across the U.S. started playing the song after it was made available for streaming.[8][9] The first official radio single, "Check My Brain", was released in August 2009.[10]

"A Looking in View" was Alice in Chains' first release with new vocalist William DuVall, who replaced the band's original singer, Layne Staley, in 2006. Vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell shares lead vocals with DuVall. The song was the band's first release since 1999's "Fear the Voices". Clocking in at a length of seven minutes and six seconds, it is the longest song Alice in Chains has released as a single (official or non-official), as well as their second longest song to date, behind "Phantom Limb" from their 2013 album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. The song peaked at No. 12 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart,[11] at No. 38 on the Alternative Songs chart,[12] and at No. 27 on the Hot Rock Songs chart.[13]

"A Looking in View" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.[14]

Lyrics[edit]

Guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell said of the song in the press release:

Release and reception[edit]

On June 30, 2009, "A Looking in View" was made available for purchase via iTunes and Amazon,[1][16] and for a limited time it was available as a free download through the official Alice in Chains website in early July.[7] Although it wasn't the album's first radio single, Rock stations across the U.S. started playing the song.[9][8] As of mid-August 2009, it has peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart,[11] at number 38 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart,[12] and at number 27 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart.[13]

The song was nominated in the 53rd Grammy Awards Ceremony in the category of "Best Hard Rock Performance".[14]

In popular culture[edit]

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, 2009, and it was added to the PlayStation Network on October 1, 2009.[17]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "A Looking in View" was directed by Stephen Schuster.[18][19] Shooting wrapped on June 20, 2009[20] and the video premiered on Alice in Chains official website on July 7, 2009.[21][22] It was Alice in Chains' first music video since 1999's "Get Born Again",[23] and the first music video since 1994's "I Stay Away" that does not feature the band. It features actors Sacha Senisch, Chad Post and Devin Zephyr instead.[24]

At the 6:55 mark of the video,[25] a woman (played by Sacha Senisch)[24] is seen lying on a cracked desert floor similarly to the cover art of Alice in Chains' 1992 album Dirt.[26]

Schuster explained the music video to VideoStatic:

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[28] 12
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[29] 27
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[30] 38

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "ALICE IN CHAINS: New Song Available Via iTunes, Amazon". Blabbermouth. August 6, 2009. Retrieved November 25, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Alice In Chains – A Looking In View". Discogs. Retrieved November 25, 2017. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ "Check Out: Alice in Chains offers "A Looking In View"". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2016-12-18. 
  6. ^ Top Jerry Cantrell "Alice in Chains" Riffs Loudwire. Retrieved 2016-02-22
  7. ^ a b "ALICE IN CHAINS Holding Back On Playing New Songs For Now". Blabbermouth. July 17, 2009. Retrieved November 25, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c "Alice in Chains 'A Looking in View' — VIDEO". Noisecreep. July 8, 2009. Retrieved November 25, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "ALICE IN CHAINS Performs Three New Songs In London; Video Available". Blabbermouth. August 6, 2009. Retrieved November 25, 2017. 
  10. ^ "ALICE IN CHAINS: 'Check My Brain' Released To Radio; Audio Stream Available". Blabbermouth. August 14, 2009. Retrieved November 25, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "A Looking In View Chart Position". Billboard.com. 2009-07-11. Retrieved November 25, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "A Looking In View Chart Position". Billboard.com. Retrieved November 25, 2017. 
  13. ^ a b "Alice in Chains US Rock Chart". Billboard charts. Retrieved November 25, 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "ALICE IN CHAINS Guitarist Comments On Latest GRAMMY Nomination". Blabbermouth. December 14, 2010. Retrieved November 25, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Alice in Chains Announces Tour Dates". Blabbermouth.net. 2009-06-30. Archived from the original on 2009-07-03. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  16. ^ "ALICE IN CHAINS: New Song Available Via iTunes, Amazon". Radio Tangra. June 30, 2009. Retrieved November 25, 2017. 
  17. ^ "'Rock Band' Celebrates Release Of New ALICE IN CHAINS Album With Five-Pack". Blabbermouth. September 26, 2009. Retrieved November 25, 2017. 
  18. ^ Schuster, Stephen. "Alice in Chains 'A Looking in View'". element217.blogspot.com. July 6, 2009.
  19. ^ "Alice In Chains: 'A Looking In View' video available". idiomag. 2009-07-08. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  20. ^ Schuster, Stephen (June 20, 2009). "A Looking In View". Stephen Schuster Blog. Retrieved January 25, 2018. 
  21. ^ "ALICE IN CHAINS: 'A Looking In View' Video Available". Blabbermouth. July 7, 2009. Retrieved November 25, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Alice in Chains Unveil Video for "A Looking In View"". Skope Magazine. July 7, 2009. Retrieved January 25, 2018. 
  23. ^ "10 Greatest Alice in Chains Videos". Noisecreep. Retrieved January 25, 2018. 
  24. ^ a b c d e "Alice In Chains "A Looking In View"". Stephen Schuster Website. Archived from the original on September 13, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2018. 
  25. ^ "Alice In Chains - A Looking in View". YouTube. 2 September 2009. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  26. ^ "Alice In Chains' 'Dirt': The Story Behind the Cover Art". Revolver Magazine. January 1, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2018. 
  27. ^ "IN DEPTH: Alice In Chains "A Looking In View"". VideoStatic. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  28. ^ "Alice in Chains Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  29. ^ "Alice in Chains Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  30. ^ "Alice in Chains Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 7, 2016.

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