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Albums Under 100 Ratings That Need Moar Ratings

Some of these are pretty obscure, others I'm surprised you've slept on, Sput. Ranked in order of votes from 0-100.
1The Disco Biscuits
They Missed the Perfume

Commonly considered a modern jam band/“laptronica” group. I don’t really know how else to describe them; probably one of the best syntheses of rock and electronic music I’ve heard, and that’s saying a lot considering how much music out there tries to combine the two. This album might be their best based on what I’ve heard about their other albums. Their other work seems more loose and freeform. With this one, they set out to deliberately make an album “composition”, so to speak. Elements from some tracks reappear in other tracks. It’s a real progression of sounds and themes. Automatically a 4.5 for me once I digested it all. Added this to the database myself; currently sitting at no ratings

Great industrial songwriting and dynamic production; one of my favorites of 2015; 3 ratings
Children of our Mistakes

One of the best post-grunge/“modern radio rock-style” records out there. Great lead singer, atypical rhythms and dynamics for the genre. Band chickens out with sappy, heartfelt ballad on the last track, but otherwise this is a very solid hard rock experience. Recommended for fans of modern bands like Nothing More and Starset, though not as electronic. 4 votes
Schubert Dip

YOU’RE UNBELIEVABLE. OH!! Yup, it’s that band from the 90’s. FWIW, I remember listening to my dad’s copy of this album as a kid and then geeking out over its prominent placement in the trailer of Johnny English, that Bond-style parody film starring Rowan Atkinson. Anyway, EMF were one of the major groups of the Madchester alternative dance scene ala Happy Mondays and Primal Scream. Everyone knows them for their hit single only, but I really dig tracks like “When You’re Mine”, “Long Summer Days” and especially “Girl of an Age”. The latter track features a great chorus and an absolutely hilarious Sesame Street sample of Bert & Ernie at the beginning that never fails to crack me up. Interesting fact about the sampling on this album too: “Lies” featured a voice excerpt of John Lennon’s killer Mark David Chapman, but Yoko nearly sued and future pressings don’t have the sample. My dad bought the CD when it came out in 1991, so it’s cool to have a rarity like that on your hands. 14 votes
Get Olde Second Wind

Cathartic indie pop-punk mashed with chiptune synthesizers & emulators. This album is technically a compilation of their two EPs they recorded prior to this to make one full studio album. I cannot get the song “Vacation” out of my head gaahh. 21 votes
6Yellow Magic Orchestra
Yellow Magic Orchestra

Don’t sleep on this classic any longer, Sputnik! YMO pioneered everything about modern-day electronic music along with Kraftwerk. The origins of synthpop, new wave and chiptune all start here. Member Ryuichi Sakamoto went on to create many different musical works, but his most recent work is the film score for The Revenant, starring Leo DiCaprio. Genius man and a genius band. 27 votes
7Herbie Hancock
Future Shock

“Rockit” is a classic 80’s electro-funk single and groundbreaking music video; the rest of the album is just as catchy and future-retro in style. 35 ratings
Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis)

Bill Laswell and Buckethead have seemingly created a whole mini-cottage industry of weird, psychedelic but always very, very groovy, funky records. This album could be considered one of each musicians’ career highlights. 45 votes
GameBoy Variations

4-track EP of songs from Guero remixed in 8-bit chiptune video game style. Sometimes I can’t listen to the actual album versions of the songs without hearing these versions in a distant corner of my brain. 46 votes
10Nine Inch Nails
Purest Feeling

Trent’s demos for what became Pretty Hate Machine; plays like an album in its own right, with segues between tracks. Best listened to in headphones cause Trent went crazy with the stereo panning on this record. I disagree hard with the sole soundoff that called it awful; it’s anything but. 57 votes
Office of Strategic Influence

OSI seem to be under the radar here at Sputnik, which is unfortunate considering the project consists of Kevin Moore formerly of Dream Theater and Jim Matheos of Fates Warning, along with a number of other progressive guest musicians. This debut is one of their best works, with Mike Portnoy of DT on drums, Sean Malone of Cynic on bass and a guest appearance by Steven Wilson of PTree on “SlowDOWN”. Considering this record’s release date and participating musicians, the musical and lyrical stylings are pretty much a perfect synthesis of DT’s Six Degrees and PTree’s In Absentia. 59 votes
1240 Below Summer
Invitation to the Dance

Thanks to this website for introducing me to this album and band. Commonly cited as one of the best nu-metal albums out there, even if you don’t usually listen to the genre because it’s often bland and/or stupid. A mix of Mudvayne’s L.D. 50, Mr. Bungle-style theatrics and Sevendust’s and Chevelle’s grooves is the best way I can put it. 87 votes
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