David Arkenstone
Watermark
Ultimate Yanni
Yanni

New Age » Adult Alternative

Adult Alternative attracts a wide cross-section of listeners who are looking for something a little different without straying too far from the mainstream. It's actually hard to say whether new adult contemporary radio formats were created to play this music or whether the music was created for radio airplay. Adult alternative styles -- whether acoustic, electronic, or electro-acoustic -- are heavily influenced by pop, rock, and jazz fusion elements. (Some albums feature a few vocal selections with lyrics, although the main orientation remains instrumental.) The best artists have a flair for melodic invention, colorful instrumentation, and rhythmic vitality while retaining a strong level of accessibility. At worst, adult alternative releases sound like trite pop songs without words.

Adult Alternative Artists Highlights

David Arkenstone
David Arkenstone
Yanni
Yanni
Suzanne Ciani
Suzanne Ciani
Ottmar Liebert
Ottmar Liebert
Enya
Enya
Kit Watkins
Kit Watkins

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Adult Alternative Album Highlights

Watermark
Enya
Watermark
Ultimate Yanni
Yanni
Ultimate Yanni
Oxygène
Jean-Michel Jarre
Oxygène
December
George Winston
December
The Very Best of Yanni
Yanni
The Very Best of Yanni
Valley in the Clouds
David Arkenstone
Valley in the Clouds

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Adult Alternative Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Watermark Enya
Aria Yanni
Oxygene, Pt. 2 Jean-Michel Jarre
In the Mirror Yanni
Rain David Arkenstone
Cristofori's Dream David Lanz
Blackouts Ashra
Anne's Song Will Ackerman
Lay Down Beside Me Suzanne Ciani
Epsilon in Malaysian Pale Edgar Froese

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