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    Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:53:41

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    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.

    Tool 10,000 Days
    1. Tool - "'10,000 Days' began the next era for Tool
    and for alternative music."
    Deftones Diamond Eyes
    Mastodon Crack The Skye
    2. Deftones - "You're willingly pulled into the band's embrace only to be blasted through this journey with them."
    3. Mastodon - "It's a sprawling concept album that redefines what an epic is and can be for this generation."
    Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt
    Baroness Yellow and Green
    4. Pearl Jam - "'Lightning Bolt' is just as essential as the oft-noted "classics"..."
    5. Baroness - "...artful juxtaposition of light and dark defines the journey at the heart of 'Yellow & Green.'"
    Royal Blood self-titled album
    Alice in Chains Black Gives Way To Blue
    6. Royal Blood
    7. Alice in Chains
    Soundgarden King Animal
    Puscifer
    8. Soundgarden
    9. Puscifer
    Best Coast California Nights
    Failure The Heart is a Monster
    10. Best Coast
    11. Failure
    Palms
    Faith No More Sol Invictus
    12. Palms
    13. Faith No More
    ††† (Crosses)
    Wolf Alice My Love is Cool
    14. ††† (Crosses)
    15. Wolf Alice




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