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This is the second release in what is hopefully an annual compilation documenting the music scene in Rijeka, Croatia, organized and overseen by the city's Spirit club. While owners of the club could sometimes fit the entire audience into a small car, and must fight with other neighborhood businesses that want the club's clientele to enter through a small hole cut in a fence, in general things are looking up in Rijeka. At least there is the sense that music can provide a dose of positive energy while a city fights the economic aftermath of a civil war. Several bands from the first volume return here, including Kran and the mysterious Greta Gabor, which had been identified as "Gretta Gabor" on the previous volume. Some of the efforts in this collection display a desire to build something that is admirable. The music sometimes has the thickness of a building, or is some kind of demolition -- deconstruction would be the accepted artistic word -- that could very well be influenced by local ruins, be they Roman or the more recent idiocy of the city fathers. Planet 2001 establishes something of an overall artistic philosophy right from the start, and it represents a move forward from some of the less original style of material that was featured on the 2000 Spirit compilation. While the overall vibe of the reissue is like a typical punk, D.I.Y. compilation, the material itself is springing ahead of that curve, absorbing the technological influences of the rap and house music that has largely knocked live rock bands out of the popularity box in this part of the world. Sometimes these influences are chewed up and spat back out by performers eager for revenge, and their intentions can be blessed as well as the energy that makes some of these tracks the sonic equivalent of a bone, found in a mouthful of local fish and spat back out onto the plate. The best band name of the bunch is Buffalo and LSD.