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02.23.12 Japanese Albums Need More Votes

Japanese Albums Need More Votes

Just 1 favorite album from each artist/group -- in ABC order, no reason to rate one above the other.rEdit: Point of this was picking albums with single digitish (or close) votes. Hence no X Japan, Dir en Grey, Mono, WeG, etc -- stuff that's already known on Sputnik. ;)
1Bump of Chicken
Jupiter


Touching, heart-felt j-rock ballads, and Melody Flag, my favorite BoC song. :)
2Chihiro Onitsuka
Insomnia


I still think her debut is the most consistent, even though This Armor and Sugar High have most of my favorites.
3Dead End
Zero


Serafine!
4FLiP
Haha kara Umareta Hinekura no Uta


Rocking album from 4 18-year-old Japanese girls. On the closing track, Sachiko sings with more balls a lot of guys nowadays.
5Gackt
Mars


Will always be a j-rock classic. From start to finish, the singing, playing, production, and arrangement are all brilliant.
6hide
Psyence


RIP man. :(
7 L'arc en Ciel
Ark


Best release from one of the most influential j-rock groups of the 90's.
8Maaya Sakamoto
Lucy


Produced by Yoko Kanno. You seriously need more reason than that?
9Malice Mizer
Merveilles


One of my favorite 90's visual releases.
10Miwako Okuda
Futari


Opening track is from the POV of a schoolgirl about to commit suicide. Best part? That isn't even the most depressing track on this.
11Siam Shade
Siam Shade V


V and VI were where they were at the top of their game. Giving a slight edge to V though.
12 Sid
Ajisai


Debut release of a kick-ass visual band, with top notch talent all around. They would later devolve into standard j-pop-rock, but this release was when they still had balls.
13Shiina Ringo
Kalk Samen Kuri no Hana


I read somewhere once that there are 30 different type of instruments on this album. Any other album and I'd start counting. With this one, I don't doubt it for even a second.
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