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Yes. It's the very official second part of the much beloved Sputnik Public Service Announcement. But instead of condescendingly telling you how to behave on sputnik because I've gotten to big for my britches since I've got that shiny new mod-tag, (just kidding Sowing, pls don't ban me) I'll bring you plebs a few amazing albums a lot of you suckers missed out on. Rules: Nothing with 100 votes or more + Nothing I've reviewed already + Nothing from 2016
1John Cale
Paris 1919

Genre: Baroque Pop
The album that sparked my initial desire to make a list, because it's a joke that this isn't bigger around here. John Cale's name should instantly ring a bell, because he's obviously a part of the legendary Velvet Underground, but this album is not at all like any of the Velvet Underground releases. Instead of the raw rock sound, Cale decided to record an incredibly polished and varied pop album that is very easy to get into because of the numerous pretty melodies, but has more than enough depth in terms of lyrics and songwriting to hold your attention. It's a delicious slice of melancholic, warm and opulent Art-Pop that is sadly one of the overlooked gems around here.
Best Songs: Paris 1919, Hanky Panky Nohow, Child's Christmas in Wales, Half Past France
2Ryo Fukui

Genre: Jazz, Post Bop
I WILL make you people come around to this album by force if I have to. Japanese Jazz Genius Ryo Fukui sadly passed away a few days ago, but at least we still have his pretty much perfect Debut-Album "Scenery". I'm not hugely into Jazz, but every once in a while there comes an album that is so inviting and pleasant while also being impressive in terms of songwriting and technicality, that I just can't help but fall in love with it. "Scenery" is that album. Seriously check this out, especially if you're not that into jazz.
Best Songs: I want to talk about You, Early Summer, Scenery
3Richard Hawley
Coles Corner

Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Pop, Folk
Very "conservative" pop album by one of the best vocalists around. Richard Hawleys brand of pop is very traditional and can sound a little bit unremarkable at first glance, but the devil is in the details and so is the secret to great songwriting. Hawley just knows how to write great pop-songs, always emotional but never cheesy, he stays classy but never bores. This album should be a crowd-pleaser and if some cute indie chick with a halfway decent voice would release the same set of songs, sputnik would fucking blow their collective load over the retro-charm that album.
Best Songs: Coles Corner, Just Like the Rain, I Sleep alone,
4Grace Jones

Genre: Pop
I don't know why Pop-Albums by old people is the theme of this list so far, but you'll just have to deal with that for now. Grace Jones used to be very famous and recorded for the most part VERY bad music. Now she's basically irrelevant, but recorded a very good Neo-Soul/Pop album, that is at times a bit to experimental for it's own good, but is held together by her undeniable talent as a vocalist, lyricist and performer. Seriously, Williams Blood alone is good enough to justify the time it takes to check this out.
Best Songs: Hurricane, Williams Blood, Devil in my Life
5Uyama Hiroto
A Son of the Sun

Genre: Instrumental Hip Hop, Jazz
I almost didn't put this on the list because 92 ratings isn't that baaad, but considering that all of Nujabes albums have 300 or more ratings around here, it's safe to say, that there are a lot of sputnikkers who need to check this out. Uyama Hiroto's brand of instrumental Hip-hop is VERY similiar to those of his deceased collaborator Nujabes. The main difference being, that Hiroto leans a bit more towards pure instrumentals and only occasionaly has songs with actual rapping. The instrumentals are so sublime though, that you won't miss the rapping.
Best Songs: 81summer, One Dream, Stratus, Vision Eyes
Long Season

Genre: Dream-Pop, Indie
The third japanese act on this list are Fishmans, who recorded "Long Season" in 1996. The album is a bit hard to describe, the band uses a plethora of different instrument to create an album that is basically just one very long song with a couple of differnt chapters who flow into each other very nicely. As soon as you read that (assuming somebody reads these descriptions lol), you will think of a boring post rock album. But this album has 0% to do with post rock and is 0% boring. It's very wonky and interesting and I highly reccomend it, if you're in the mood for something that is kind out of leftfield.
Best Song: It's one long song
7Julee Cruise
Floating into the Night

Genre: Pop, Jazz
Absolute Disgrace. Shameful Display. 55 Ratings. Are you kidding me. Educate yourself you plebs.
Best Songs: Floating, Falling, Rocking Back Inside My Heart, The Swan, The World Spins
8Agnes Obel

Genre: Indie-Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Deliciously written Folk songs who are not focused on an acoustic guitar, but almost exclusively focus on the piano (and sometimes other classical instruments) instead. Yes Please. Agnes Obel is a marvellous vocalist as well. She's also very cute, if that's your thing. So I don't really know how this piece of gold is sitting at 41 ratings while you geniuses are listening to asking alexandria but whatever.
Best Song: The Curse (yes it's so much better than everything you ever listened to.)
9School of Emotional Engineering
School of Emotional Engineering

Genre: Post-Rock, Ambient, Electronic
Read ComeToDaddy's review. He's right on the money.
Best Songs: She dreams in car crashes, Redline, Falling for Sylvia
Natural Elements

Genre: Jazz-Fusion
A John McLaughlin side project, the english guitar virtuoso teamed up with a few indian musicians, most notably violinist L.Shenkar (performed with Talking Heads, Springsteen, U2, Zappa, Peter Gabriel etc.). The two spearhead a group of instrumental virtuosos who create some of the most breathtaking songs you've ever heard. Seriously, every song on this album is pure gold. All of them sound pretty foreign and "indian" to our western ears and that's really great because it gives a totally new spin on Mclaughlin's ball-breaking guitar antics. (Kudos to Mclaughlin who is 100% commited to fitting in with the other musicians and never sounds out of place)
Best Songs: Mind Ecology, Face to Face, The Daffodil and the Eagle, Peace of Mind
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