††† (Crosses) — Top 15 Alternative Albums of This Decade
Mon, 15 Jun 2015 16:17:30
We countdown the best alternative albums of the past 10 years and explore the meaning of the genre...
The word "Alternative" has been passed down through multiple generations of music now, and it's continuously changed. In the most classic sense, we think of it as the Generation X grunge forbearers like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Nirvana, and everybody else from the iconic Seattle scene. At the same time, Pixies were alternative, and they came from Boston—same thing with Jane's Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers, both hailing from Los Angeles. Of course, we can't forget Melvins from Washington even though they sounded different from the general scene associated with their home state. Nowadays, what is alternative? Radio and the industry will tell you it's the folk pop we typically hear on "Alternative" stations. However, where are the guitars?
Truth be told, they haven't gone anywhere. Moreover, there have been some truly monumental "Alternative" albums this past decade—even this year. Most of these will even be widely regarded as classics someday. We wanted to highlight and countdown the Top 15 Alternative Albums of this Decade. They've got the hallmarks of the genre's timeless work, which we all still crank today. Some of these will be from quite recognizable names and others will be from people who still aren't afraid to keep a guitar handy when they're breaking the mold. The point is that Alternative music in the classic sense is stilling being made, and we wanted to spotlight that—even with some gems out this year! As a note, we are counting albums releases since June 2005 to keep in line with the exact decade.
14. ††† (Crosses) – ††† (Crosses)
This triumvirate of Chino Moreno [Deftones, Team Sleep, Palms], Shaun Lopez [Far], and Chuck Doom pioneered their very own brand of cinematic rock on ††† (Crosses)' self-titled debut [Sumerian Records]. The delicate delivery from Moreno ebbs and flows with an ever-changing sonic palette of swooning guitars, bristling keys, and stark electronics. The imagery remains ominous throughout, conjuring a sense of Dario Argento-style dread encased in raw lust and fearful love. Every element converges to form one living and breathing epic.
Tracks like "fron†iers" stand out by tapping into the elusive mix of heavy and hypnotic that many try but few can ever properly conjure, while "dea†h bell" takes a stripped piano and builds it into an expulsion of emotion that's as spacey as it is solemn. ††† (Crosses) remains forever worthy of your worship.
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See the other artists and albums on our Top 15 Alternative Albums of This Decade feature!
See our Column on Team Sleep!
'†††' by ††† (Crosses) is available on Sumerian Records.