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Alternative rock

When rock strays to find a more pure and sentimental soul, the guitar starts sounding more visceral, falling easily into an alternative style. Alternative rock is normally associated to independet rock artists, but also with bands that try to make a different and a mixed rock.


Alternative rock features

Alternative rock is a sub-genre of rock music. It emerged in the mid ‘80s from the independent underground music scene, becoming popular in the 90s. The term “alternative” relates to its being different from the mainstream music genres, featuring distorted guitar sounds, aggressive lyrics and a rebel attitude. The genre describes a generic and diverse rock scene, heir to the punk rock music of the ‘70s.
The Nirvana’s debut in 1991 marked a new wave of alternative rock. Those bands that signed with major labels entered the mainstream while preserving their hard and distorted sounds and attitude; other bands preferred to stick to the underground scene, and went on experimenting and keeping their artistic independence.

Alternative rock top ten albums

Radiohead - OK Computer
R.E.M. - Murmur
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
Nirvana - Nevermind
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
Pixies - Doolittle
The Replacements - Let It Be
Jawbox - For Your Own Special Sweetheart

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