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The Smiths - The Queen is Dead

Third studio album and considered the best shot by The Smiths.
The Queen is Dead has most of The Smiths classics, and meant the consolidation of the New Wave movement which marked the return of guitar as the highlighting instrument in rock music.

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Radiohead - Kid A

Fourth studio album by Radiohead.
It sounds very different from Ok Computer, now there’s lots of electronic beats and effects. Even the more organic tracks sound different. It shows that the guys spent some time thinking about their sonority.

My fav track is probably the most unusual to Radiohead, The National Army.

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Dimmu Borgir - Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia

PEM” isn’t the first, nor the second or even the third studio album by Dimmu Borgir, but it’s the most revolutionary one.
The heavy metal fanbase is very delicate when it comes to innovations and evolutions. Changes are slowly assimilated and it generates a strong pressure against the artists. Non traditional releases are commonly neglected or worse, the artists gain fame of “traitors of their roots” or “untrue”.

That’s why PEM can be sometimes a controversial album, but its superb quality are beyond the old conventions.

The audio production is unbelievable. It’s the very finest black metal record until 2001. There are great orchestrations, screaming guitars, crystal clean drums and electronic effects. Everything is perfectly spread over the mix at an explosive volume level that can burn your headphones.

PEM put together the arrogance of a symphonic orchestra with the agressive fury of extreme metal in a totally new manner of geniousity.
Both things work together as if they were one. There’s no duels. Most of the tracks have shinning orchestral parts that don’t obscure the guitar riffs.

But don’t ever think it has a medieval concept or such thing.
The theme is more futuristic, apocalyptical I’d say. And right now we get the main issue: the electronic sounds.

Generally, old school metal fans hate electronic stuff. So a track like Puritania although being pretty explosive and energetic is marginalized for using too many electronic effects.

PEM was a huge and very important step to Dimmu Borgir. Breaking dogmatic barriers isn’t for anyone, these guys are in the black metal vanguard for a reason, and this album is surely one of the decade’s best albums.

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The Faint - Danse Macabre

Third studio album by The Faint. Regular in my opinion.
It has a great great hit, Let The Poison Spill From Your Throat, which could easily be a decade anthem, if it was released in the 80’s.
And a few good hits like Your Retro Career Melted and Posed to Death.
The rest of the album is most boring and common synth pop.

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Hooverphonic - The Magnificent Tree

That’s the third studio album by Hooverphonic and they have surely grew up on many aspects since their first release, A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular.

The album is finely produced, with good sounding sinthesized instruments (the drums are very nice now).

Liesje Sadonius has a sexy and gentle voice. And the band as a whole shows much more personality in the tracks Jackie Cane, The Magnificent Tree and L’odeur Animale. But at the same time there are tracks that make them lose all this personality like Mad About You and Vinegar and Salt, which in my opinion sounds just like Portishead. They’re good, but I don’t like these so “inspired-by” moments.
Besides there are even some more “experimental tracks” like Frosted Flake Wood and Pink Fluffy Dinossaurs, which sound like child lullabies.

My fav song is the album homonymous, of course.

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Sea and Cake - The Sea and Cake

Sea and Cake is a post rock supergroup from Chicago, gathering members and ex-members of important bands of the scene.
This first album shows a comfortable and relaxing delicate rock. There’s good melodies spread along the 45-minutes piece of work.
Undoubtly a good relaxing / background music.

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Plone is an electronic trio which made a good and well accessible IDM music in the 90’s.
Their label Warp only released one album. But they recorded a second one.

There’s no much information about it, but that’s the tracklist.
(I love it so if anyone know anything about this album I’d be glad to know)

01 – Multitonal
02 – 140
03 – Slow Arp
04 – Swing it
05 – Can’t Think
06 – Farmyard
07 – Arpeggios
08 – Saw
09 – Grandfather Clock
10 – Smotthie Ribbons
11 – Dry Pen
12 – Old Shoe
13 – Ry30
14 – Smile Song
15 – Another One of Them
16 – No Drums

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