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Just A Souvenir

Squarepusher Audio CD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (27 Oct 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B001FY2LCK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,557 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. A Real Woman 3:030.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Aqueduct 1:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Potential Govaner 2:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Planet Gear 4:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Tensor In Green 3:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Glass Road 7:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Fluxgate 1:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Duotone Moonbeam 2:270.79  Buy MP3 
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BBC Review

While conflict is a state of mind that usually creates non-action because of its counter-balancing effect, in art, it can be a welcome situation for an artist to overcome; indeed the most thought-provoking work can often be the result of opposing forces.

The engaging dichotomy that reoccurs throughout the majority of Squarepusher's work, especially since 1998's Music is Rotted One Note, could be characterised as a futurist, post-rave impulse jostling with a formal training (and frightening talent) in freeform jazz. Though the organic and the electronic have never been mutually exclusive in Tom Jenkinson's world, Just A Souvenir offers perhaps the clearest indication that the party is indeed over. A regress to the Kaoss pad-assaulting excesses of 1997's seminal Hard Normal Daddy is not becoming of a man touted by sports sock-violating Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) as the best player in the world.

As befits an artist with unabashed prog tendencies, Jenkinson has a concept for his 11th record: ''a daydream about watching a crazy, beautiful rock band play an ultra-gig''. Sticking to the blueprint Just A Souvenir feels like his most 'live' record to date: awash with sustained rimshots, those infamous bass slaps and at times listless guitar plucks. A whole half-way through the anoraks are treated to their first drum edit (Potential Govaner) though this is a restrained affair.

Though Jenkinson's music can at times occupy a certain esoteric level of abstraction - in whose hallowed halls walk avant-garde jazz bods and ironic rave kids - his talent for a pop riff and melody can always offset the more marginal moments. A talent that began on his debut record with the opening salvo, Cooper's World (Bird Land Mk2 anyone?), prevailed on the mutant two-step of 2001's My Red Hot Car and reaches fruition on The Coathanger; the album's second track. Never one for comfort zones; where previously pent-up frustration would be exorcised by a blizzard of amens, on Delta-V and Planet Gear (the more aggressive moments here), manifest as scuzzed-out, space rock.

Though it pains to write it about an artist responsible for music so beautiful, too much of Just A Souvenir feels like you're standing in a lift with Jaco Pastorious rather than dancing in a field with your mates. --Alex Forster

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loopy stuff 9 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
This sounds not dissimilar to a Weather Report cover band staffed by members of Daft Punk, Level 42 and Chrome. And I mean that in a good way. If you are a fan of music - you will like this.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Squarepusher at Play 20 Mar 2010
By stax
Format:Audio CD
This is not simply another Squarepusher album, even after the accessibility and sci-fi kitsch of Hello Everything, I was taken aback by how zany this album sounds; it's like Pusher's Sgt. Pepper's. It's also the album that's most focused on live instruments since Music is Rotted One Note and provides a great alternative to Rotted One Note for people wanting to hear Jenkinson's virtuoso playing but who haven't been able to get to grips with that album (for which I don't blame them, although it is a masterpiece after some perseverance).

For Squarepusher as a producer I'd say this could be his best, the merging of live and electronic sounds is more seamless and ingeniously put to use than ever before, for the best example listen to Potential Govaner; perhaps the most brilliantly crafted track on the album, even if it verges on flashy you'd have to be a cold person not to enjoy it.

The downside of this album though is that among the high points there are too many ambling interludes of Tod Dockstader influenced psychedelic classical guitar, which are interesting initially but really don't hold up and other unfortunate lows like the strangely grating new wave/cyber jazz song A Real Woman.

The album's biggest differentiator is the presence of rock music, okay, Do You Know had a Joy Division cover and Visitor had Steinbolt's digital metal but Pusher's never explored rock as much or in as pure a form as on this album. The results are fantastic; Delta V is great for its fuzzing, pounding rhythms and its mechanical sounding breakdown that holds host to a seriously good beat and undeniably satisfying bass fills. Then Planet Gear is a blissfully bombastic piece of space age rock with a grin inducingly uplifting refrain, I'd say it's among his best tunes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Frantic fun! 3 Oct 2012
By Mark
Format:Audio CD
Frantic, charged, jazzy in places, & a lot of fun. Plus some great use of the classic Space Echo! I thoroughly enjoy this album every time I listen to it.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT just "another squarepusher album"... 10 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD
It would be (and is) a huge mistake to state that this album is "just another squarepusher album". I can't really imagine a less appropriate description. It would be infinitely more appropriate to describe it as a timely evolution and consolidation of his own sound. I can't think of an album which TJ has released which actually resonates the Squarepusher sound more prolifically. This, I think, is a very good thing.

I have been a fan of SP since Feed Me Weird Things and I can see the transmutation which has occurred. This guy IS talented and IS destined for bigger (but not necessarily better) things. It's weird that the first guy to review this album would mention the mercury music awards and such things... I don't know why that this is in any way important. The fact is that this album takes all previous SP albums and builds upon them with aplomb and does not need corporate endorsement at all.

If you own any (or all) SP albums then this is an album you should buy as a matter of course, regardless of any ill informed cynics. It's a genuine addition to his musical genesis and not an exercise in banality which has been suggested elsewhere.

Buy and be happy.
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