J.P. DuQuette over at Japanzine counts down his top 10 Japanese album of the Aughts in the publications January issue, available online over here. You got your usual suspects popping up – didn’t Vision Creation Newsun come out in Japan in 1999 though? Wikipedia has my back here – but the real draw to DuQuette’s ranking, at least for a relative J-Music newbie like myself, is the highlighting of some artists I’ve never heard of. Including their number one pick Shena Ringo, now on my “must buy” list.
And sorry to be “that guy who comments on lists,” but you gotta admit picking a best of compilation (Number Girl at #8) is kinda a cop out.