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Brainiac - Bonsai Superstar

Second album by Brianiac, considered by some fans as their best, Bonsai Superstar is a cool experimental rock with crazy vocals and tripping moods, kind of psychedelic.
The album starts tightly and gets more and more chaotic till total mess. Fans of Mike Patton would love it.

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Bondage Fruit - Bondage Fruit

First album by one of the finest and most underrated experimental bands on this planet.

Bondage Fruit is a japanese band that mixes experimental music with zeuhl. They easily goes from tight complex structures to absolute noise. There are lots of vocal harmonies and energetic percussion.

Their first effort sometimes reminds me of Boredoms, but their focus is different.
A totally must for experimental fans.

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Roine Stolt - The Flower King

First album solo by Roine Stolt.
I listened to Dissonata, the second track, for the first time about five years ago. I loved that so much that I wanted the full album instantly.
Unfortunately around 2002 internet wasn’t as huge as it is today and I never put my hands on the full album. Until last week.
But I’m not so impressed as I was five years ago. You know, Roine Stolt is one of the greatest names in neo prog, and The Flower King of course has moments of bliss. But I think it’s excessively sentimental and formal.
Its sense of melody reminds me of the english band Camel. But Roine Stolt sounded fresh enough to make his name after this album, when he founded The Flower Kings and became a common reference in any progressive rock talk.

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Jamiroquai - The Return of the Space Cowboy

Critically acclaimed as the best Jamiroquai album I’d say it’s very fine indeed. But I like more energetic stuff.

The Return of the Space Cowboy, as any other Jamiroquai album is fulfilled with  downtempo dance tracks. I love the retro thing they put out, but I’m more into fast tracks like Kids.

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Coctails - Peel

The Coctails are an underrated but seminal indie rock band. They influenced lots of bands that are today cassified as post-rock.

Peel is a delightful album. All songs are whimsically simple and delicate.

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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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Dream Theater - Awake

Awake is one of my fav albums by Dream Theater.
These guys really created something new here mixing heavy metal with high technical progressive rock. All members are in their best, the creativity flows plentifully. The mood is dark, sad, full of rage and questioning.

Personally I don’t like most of Dream Theater‘s lyrics, but this album has the best ones in my opinion, like in Voices, Scarred and Space Dye-Vest.

The instrumental is just outstanding. There’s no much to talk about it. A masterpiece.

Surely one of the most influential and revolucionary albums released on the 90’s.

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