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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B000006Z4J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Cornish acid
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4. Fingerbib
5. Corn mouth
6. To cure a weakling child
7. Goon gumpas
8. Yellow calx
9. Girl/boy song
10. Logon Rock Witch

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A native of Cornwall, Richard James is obsessed with the mechanics of music making: As a kid, he took apart and reassembled the living room piano. Under the names Aphex Twin, Polygon Window, AFX and other aliases too numerous to mention, he showed that he could make entire tracks with the sounds produced by tapping on a Coke can. Like the indie rockers of yore, he revels in his marginality because of the creative freedom it gives him. None of his recordings have captured the competing impulses to lull you to sleep and blast out your eardrums as well as Richard D. James, his third and best album. As the title indicates, James has turned inward for inspiration, painting aural pictures of real and imagined scenes from his west country childhood. "Goongumpas" is a fanciful, playful tune that wouldn't sound out of place on the soundtrack to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. As his adventures with the family upright indicate, James was a bit of a devil even as a child. "Beetles" is the sound of a boy frying bugs on the sidewalk with a magnifying glass and "To Cure A Weakling Child" shows flashes of the sort of sadism found only on primary school playgrounds. If you still doubt that young Richard developed early on, the romantic Nino Rota-style strings on "Girl/Boy Song" are just made for passionate seductions, and the tune appears in three mixes, each one hot and hornier than the one before. The raucous undercurrents of even his calmest tunes and the sources of many of his most common sounds are what link James to the rock tradition. With Richard D. James, the artist solidifies his position as an electronic music mastermind who has earned a spot beside such well-respected innovators--whether or not he's destined for stardom. --Jim Derogatis

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Harry Henderson on 7 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This was the first 'Aphex' album I ever bought and it led me to seeking out every piece of sound created by the man that I could get my hands on. The first few listens caused me alot of confusion and brow lowering I must admit but one thing it wasnt was boring or unoriginal, quite the contrary.
The melodies and strings are so emotional and catchy yet the beats are a jungle of mashed up beats and mettalic futuristic sounds. Ive been listening to this album almost every day for the past 6 years as I find it very theraputic, despite all the noise! I listen to it whenever I feel down or even angry.
My mates hate it and think its just simplistic noise but it is so deep and beautiful I cant descibe it.
My favourite album of all time without doubt.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Newton on 6 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Don't be fooled by the evil grin on Mr James's face on the cover of this CD; the `Richard D James' album is alive with mischievous melody, warmth and nostalgia.

Sure, the accustomed manic, machine-gun beats, pulsating programming and breakneck changes of pace are very much in evidence, but behind this front are some truly lovely synth washes, strings and melodic threads which dance merrily in and out of the maelstrom of sound.

The whole record, although barely over half an hour long, is packed with variety. Just when you think you have got the measure of the thing with the first four tracks James pulversises you with intense beats at the end of `Corn Mouth'. This is brilliantly followed up with the spooky child-like vocal samples on `To.Kill A Weakling Child' which are buried in sound as the track progresses. Then comes arguably the most remarkable track on the record and the only beat-free one,`Goon Gumpas', whose gorgeous string and synth melody unexpectedly conjures up images of pastoral bliss.

`Girl/Boy Song' is perhaps the highlight of the album, though, combining in its melody and rhythm all that has gone so well before. The album's longest track, it builds superbly to a brilliantly melodic climax.

This is hardly restful music but is constantly challenging and enjoyable. The nostalgic atmosphere (I swear there are some ZX Spectrum loader sounds on at least two tracks) is so different to label mates Boards of Canada but no less potent. A remarkable achievement.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Mar. 2001
Format: Audio CD
"Richard D James" by Aphex Twin in my humble opinion is a truly complete work of art. Although there are no tracks here that could sit comfortably in todays music chart, songs like "4," "Cornish Acid" and "Girl/Boy Song" really have to be heard to be believed. Richard utilises alien soundscapes and simplistic, yet at the same time utterly complex drum patterns to confuse and coax the listener into a false state of security. His music could be criticised for being too simple to create, my friends comment being "An 8 year old could write this," but that would be completely beside the point, an 8 year old didn't write it, it was created by an intelligent and rhythmically conscious musician. This goes to show that music doesn't necessarily have to be infinately over-written or complicated to produce the mood or tension that was strived for in the first place.
This, I believe is the very concept behind Aphex Twin and his work, he shows us that sound IS music, rather than music being sound and rather than an album just being a collection of different melodies, it takes the listener on a journey of discovery and bewilderment. Calm >>>> Chaos >>>> Paranoia >>>> Ultimate Enlightenment. This may sound intolerably pretentious but what you're given isn't always what you get.
There is one drawback however, it's too short!!! :(
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sneaker_pimp@chilledout.co.uk on 18 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
It is easy to be put off by the mere thought of abstract electronica, but here, Aphex dispels any myths that it is anal and obtuse. While often disturbing, particularly on 'To Cure A Weakling Child', every track on this album demonstrates a keen sense of melody. The opener, '4' in particular uses a beautiful wash of strings to addictive effect. The rhythms are very strong on the album, as you would expect, but they are never obtrusive. The music itself is difficult to describe, but there is a signature use of strings on nearly every track, the best use being on the single 'Girl/Boy Song'. The beats crackle in the background, and the general impression is of an ironic naivete, with playground melodies used against the dark undercurrents of each piece to create one very unsettling movement. Unlike recent album, 'Drukqs', this is a very succinct listen, and you will not be pressing the skip button. Indeed, it's brevity is this album's one disappointment, but otherwise is a very good introduction to Aphex.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Mar. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album is unlike any other album you will hear. A mixture of styles, the whole album will not be to everyones tastes, but there is something for everyone here somewhere. '4' is a lively start to the album, with echoey snares, an apparently simple drum loop until you listen closely. Cornish Acid is a much darker track, Fingerbib is a bouncy tune that wouldn't be out of place on childrens TV, but still somehow fits in with the overall feel of the album. To Cure a Weakling Child is a very strange track, that really has to be listened to to be understood. The diversity of tracks does not, however, prevent the album from maintaining a similar feel throughout, with dark ambient pieces combining with imaginative drum loops, and floating melodies over the top. This album certainly should not me missed, and definintely not by Aphex Twin fans, who will almost certainly love its quirks.
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