World Is Mine

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Japanese indie rock band Quruli's fourth album since switching to major-label Victor Entertainment represents the furthest development of the experiments in electronica that began on the previous Team Rock. It's an admirably eclectic album, touching on ambient electronica, neo-acoustic, emo, and shoegazer-tinged stadium rock all within opening track "Guilty" and never remaining in one genre for more than a few minutes at a time. Like contemporaries Supercar, whose later albums follow similar patterns to The World Is Mine, Quruli show a keen ear for a crowd-pleasing indie dance melody, with the Daft Punk-influenced "World's End Supernova" and the anthemic "Suichu Motor" both reveling in insistent dance beats and catchy, repetitive melodic hooks. Nevertheless, on The World Is Mine Quruli are less indebted to British indie than Supercar and gleefully skip from one style to another, following the dreamy Galaxie 500-like "Army" with the sample-heavy, bagpipe-led techno of "Mind the Gap." The album settles down somewhat over the last few tracks, but the overall impression is a band determined not to be pinned down. This makes The World Is Mine a frequently jarring listening experience, but it also makes it one of the most exciting albums of its generation and a landmark in early 2000s Japanese rock.

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