Who was the best Seattle grunge singer?

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  1. cocksure

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    It's all personal, I found Andrew Wood mesmerising. If we're simply saying who has the best traditional range and tone, its obviously Cornell.
     
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    Not from Seattle but Scott Lucas of Local H is my favorite grunge singer
     
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    Came here to say this exact thing.
     
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    Cornell can actually sing the best. No contest. Though I prefer the stylings of the Layne/Cantrell combo much more, since I'm mainly a metal guy.
     
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    Yep, Cornell had the best pure singing voice of them all but I absolutely love the combo of Staley/Cantrell.
     
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    The correct answer is Layne Staley AND Chris Cornell.


    Lock the thread now.
     
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    I actually prefer Vedder and Kurt over those two.

    but hey what do I know
     
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  9. ObsoleteSoul

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    Not a while lot with that opinion....
    Jk. We like what we like. Nothing wrong with that.
     
  10. spin_

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    i enjoyed them all so why rank em.
     
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    pearl jam have an good music in the last ten years?

    anything i should give a listen to?
     
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    There's only been two albums since the self titled one in 2006. The self titled one was really good and the Into the Wild Soundtrack from 2007 was amazing imo even though it was Eddie Vedder solo.

    Backspacer was decent album and worth a listen. Not a huge fan of Lightning Bolt.
     
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    thanks, i'll check it out
     
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    Layne Staley had the whole package for me. Power, technique and most importantly, emotion. Yeah, Chris Cornell's voice could peel paint off the walls when he was in his prime. But Layne just had the most unique sounding voice.

    Growing up in the 90's, Alice in Chains basically got me through middle school and high school. With Soundgarden a close 2nd. Nirvana was too hit or miss and I never game a damn about Pearl Jam outside of "Black" and "Nothingman."
     
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    Layne. Hands down
     
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    If you're talking strictly about the best singer from a Seattle band, none of the vocalists listed come even close to the ability Geoff Tate could do in his prime. I guarantee you he could sing any of these songs by the "grunge bands" (although I don't know why you'd want him to) but they would have had immense problems even attempting to sing his more challenging songs like Take Hold Of The Flame, Walk In The Shadows, The Mission, Suite Sister Mary, or Anybody Listening. Cornell had the range to attempt some of these songs but no the tone because he sounded screechy in the higher ranges while Tate had a powerful and still clean voice. Can you imagine any of these grunge singers attempting "Roads To Madness"? Cornell is the only one who might possibly have been able to hit the notes but as far as tone and timbre and doing it in a clean voice, forget it.

    If these grunge bands wanted to cover the best Queensryche songs, again the instrumentalists would have had extreme difficulty. Cobain would never have even gotten out of the starting gate whereas Degarmo or Wilton could play Cobain's guitar parts in their sleep.

    It's no mistake these bands all come from Seattle. After the success of the Empire album the record labels sent their agents to Seattle to sign more bands like Queensryche. They couldn't find even one. So they went ahead and signed grunge bands since there were plenty of them in Seattle since it doesn't take a rare group of musicians to play grunge like it does to write and play Queensryche music. When you lower the bar for ability by so much, then of course you find many more musicians who have the requisite ability to meet the new, lowered standards.

    Can you imagine Cobain, Vedder, Staley, or even Cornell attempting this? The variety of voices needed, the clarity, cleanliness and rage with full power required would make it a nightmare for any grunge singer to attempt. Even their bands would have been humiliated in attempting to perform an accurate rendition of this classic:

     
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    While Cobain was a fascinating personality, he wasn't a great singer at all.

    I'm biased towards him because he was a left handed guitarist like me, but if we're talking pure singing skills, Cornell is the answer.
     
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    I think Cornell stands above as a vocalist

    But I agree with Cobain having the talent (and Sardonic wit) that makes Nirvana my favorite out of the 4.
     
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    Why bring him up in a grunge thread?

    We have a long Progressive thread ongoing and that is where Queensryche(When they were good) slots.

    You talk about how these Grunge guys could not approach these levels, yet When Tate tried steering Queensryche into grunge, the music started sucking horrid balls.
     
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    What criteria? Vedder was clearly in the best band, Cornell clearly had a better voice. Never a fan of Alice in Chains, Nervana is alright.
     

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