GEN­ER­A­TION X

Four clas­sics recorded at Seat­tle’s Stu­dio X, aka Bad An­i­mal

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Alice In Chains -

Heart

de­sire walks on (1993)

The band who gave Bad An­i­mal its name (from their 1987 al­bum), this was the fi­nal heart record to fea­ture long­time mem­ber howard leese. While not the band’s best ef­fort, it did fea­ture layne Sta­ley on guest vo­cals for heart’s cover of Bob Dylan’s Ring Them Bells.

Soundgar­den

su­pe­run­k­nown (1994)

The fourth Soundgar­den al­bum, and one that sent them straight to the big time, crash­ing straight into the top of the US Top 200 and lead­ing to two Grammy wins. Pack­ing the huge an­thems Spoon­man, Black

Hole Sun and Fell On Black Days, Su­pe­run­k­nown typ­i­fies the

Seat­tle Sound.

Alice in Chains

alice in chains (1995)

Also known as ‘The Dog Al­bum’, this was Alice In Chains’ fi­nal stu­dio record with layne Sta­ley, and in­cor­po­rates a much doomier, down­trod­den vibe. There’s a pal­pa­ble sad­ness in the songs that can only come from some­thing raw and real hap­pen­ing to a group of friends.

Pearl Jam

vi­ta­l­ogy (1999)

De­scribed at the time as an ex­per­i­men­tal al­bum, Vi­ta­l­ogy saw Pearl Jam es­chew their grunge-y roots for hard rock bal­lads like Im­mor­tal­ity and off­beat turns like Bugs. It also in­cludes the arena-sized fan favourites Noth­ing­man and Cor­duroy, just in case you for­got how great Pearl Jam are.

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