Silver Supporting Member
Plebs. Kidding aside though, it's interesting to hear what a lot of people thought of as grunge. Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam were really thought to be outliers from the spectrum of psych/garage/punk/metal/new wave that most bands from around here seemed to encompass from one extent to another, and Candlebox touted themselves as a hard rock band.
Honestly, I think Candlebox has been a consistently good band over the years. They have several songs I enjoy off each of their albums, all the way through to the latest in 2016. Yeah the first is a bit paint by numbers but it's fun.
I also like the new AIC stuff quite a bit and think William DuVall is excellent. He's not Layne, but nobody is, and honestly there's not much hard rock to listen to anyways so take what you can get.
Not that they count, but people keep mentioning them: I liked STP a lot when they came out. Now the first album sounds like butt rock in flannel to me. I still think their third album is a masterpiece. I always thought they excelled more in that 1960s style of lounge, pop, and R&B music.
Tiny Music is absolutely brilliant, just so diverse from start to finish. Dean DeLeo's use of chords and melody is incredible, and Scott Weiland was at his absolute peak, honest, vulnerable, biting. Purple is also incredible and I enjoyed their later stuff too. The new singer doesn't bring a lot to the band unfortunately BUT he's outstanding live and it's great to see the rest of the guys able to finally enjoy touring again.