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Selected Ambient Works Volume II CD

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B000024C6W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,133 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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British electronics wunderkind Richard James (alias Aphex Twin, AFX, Polygon Window, etc.) claims he heard the compositions on Selected Ambient Works, Volume II in lucid dreams. Like abstract paintings composed of shades of a single colour, James's resonant explorations of specific timbres linger close to a central idea on each cut, incorporating just enough variation to remain disturbing. While its predecessor, Selected Ambient Works '85-'92 drew on seven years worth of material, the uniform quality of these untitled tracks, plus their judicious sequencing, suggests they were assembled over a shorter period. Clocking in at over 150 minutes, the double-disc set (if this is "selected", how many hours of outtakes remain?) provides an exemplary introduction to the quieter facets of James's expansive, idiosyncratic aesthetic. --Kurt B. Reighley

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jw Heaton Armstrong on 19 Feb 2004
Format: Audio CD
I only recently got into Aphex Twin; having heard Selected Ambient Works Volume 1 and deciding that it was one of the best albums I had ever heard, I went out and got this, 26 Mixes for Cash and the Come to Daddy mini-album. What I particularly like about Richard James' work is the variation. The music he produces differs greatly from album to album but I have not been disappointed by any tracks I have listened to. What struck about this album is that is far less accessible that others I have listened to, but as such far more rewarding. Two hours of ambient music is a lot, but if you really listen the changes in the music are very subtle and clever indeed. The first CD is slightly reminiscent of SAW vol.1 but with more continuity between the tracks and, if its possible, a more ambient chilled out synth feel to it. CD 2 encompasses some industrial sounds and haunting vibes of the sort you would not want to listen to on your own in a wood at night. Actually quite scary even in the daytime. If you really take time over this album, its subtleties and quality will become clear, and this is far more rewarding than those wear the strength of tracks are immediately obvious. In short, if you really like your music, and like what you have heard from Aphex Twin then this is the album for you - it is not a good entry point to his music for someone who has never experienced it before. Try SAW vol. 1 for this; I did and I was hooked! Warp is a quality label - check out their other stuff for great beats from Prefuse 73, Autreche, Squarepusher, Nightmares on Wax and Anti-Pop Consortium to name just a few.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Robert Twomey on 29 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
Well, I am about to buy Aphex Twins SAW2, for the second time. I bought it first pretty much when it had just come out, on audio tape. A friend and I sat down to listen to it on his dads hifi in an acoustically treated room, and we were amazed, we just sat there chilling out for the whole album, letting our minds wander with the highs and lows of the moods it gives you. Not once did we think of stopping it, in fact we barely spoke for the whole of it. Obviously we had to turn the tape over, but my friend was sitting next to the deck so it didnt intrude too much on our ascension.
However before buying this understand it isnt ambient music in the way you normally imagine (think Orbs early stuff) but is a state of mind instead. It isnt like tranquility music featuring whales and dolphins etc, its mostly electro stuff, although im sure some of it is sounds from objects mucked around. But it doesnt have beat patterns or anything like that. Its designed to allow your mind to ponder, and is especially good at inducing alternative dreams (nice, odd, or in one case terrifying!)if listened to late at night.
On the whole, you cannot go wrong if you have an open mind toward sound, not just towards music.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steven M. Quinn on 9 Jun 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is without doubt one of the most interesting albums I have ever heard. There is something going on here, what it is? I am not sure but it is a very spooky and eeire trip. There is a conjuring of sounds that seem to be beaming in from other planets and the inner space within our minds. There is the sound of foreboding, isolation and darkness. That is why I have given this record 3 stars, I find this music sends me to a place that I am not sure I feel happy in. It can leave you cold.

Music like this should be applauded as I doubt there is another record like this in existence. Absoloutly original and unique and almost terrifying. It will haunt parts of your mind and soul.

I have always been a huge fan of Richard James. I think his music is genius but I have always approached this album with something of uncertainty and a mild dislike. I have attempted on many occasions to try and understand this album, but mostly I come away confused and depressed at the experience.

2 years on from my 3 star review (and about 8 years since I bought it) I have to give this a 5 Gold Stars. One of the reasons is something will keep drawing you back, its like when the record ends a part of your brain says '' Your work here is not done my friend and I know you will come back to have another go''. There is something other-worldly about it. It might sound odd but there is almost a kind of magic to this album. Richard James said this album sounds like standing in a power station tripping on LSD, I think that pretty much sums it up. Though you might as well add UFOs, paganisim, the birth of the universe, travelling to outerspace, life after death experiences and cold winter sunsets into the equation too.

This music has only one limitation and that is your imagination.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Baker on 1 Dec 2002
Format: Audio CD
Two discs isn't enough for me. Although I suppose it'll have to do.
Some parts (CD1 track 3, CD2 track 8) are so beautiful they nearly bring me to tears every time, other parts are horrifyingly scary (CD1 track 5 [UK edition only], CD2 track 4), but the majority are sinister and kind of quirky (CD1 track 2, CD2 track 6). No track titles could do these pieces of music justice, and so none are given.
This isn't music to sit and bop your head to or hum along with...instead, sit back, put it on in the background, listen through headphones in the dark, take it on your discman for a walk in the country on a gloomy December morning. The choice is yours...and when you get it right, you'll realise how fantastic this album is.
One of my alltime favourites.
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