100 Best Albums of the Nineties

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Aphex Twin, 'Selected Ambient Works, Volume II'

No beats, no tunes, no titles: Aphex Twin updated Brian Eno's mid-Seventies concept of "discreet," or ambient, music for the sunrise comedown hours after a hard night's rave. Richard D. James created an enriched, wraparound style of burp-and-whoosh programming, the perfect soundtrack for pulling the pieces of your brain back together after spilling them all over the club floor. The first dance album to celebrate the rhythms in your head.

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