A dissapointment by Squarepusher's usually high standards, it's not a bad album but it's not great either. Of course everyone must be aware that Jenkinson, rather than doing his usual thing of performing the works entirely by himself now has (or supposedly has, as some suspect) a mystery band behind him, this being 'Shobaleader One', I don't mind this especially except that I miss the loose as rapper's jeans jazz rock drumming characteristic of albums like 'Music is Rotted One Note' and 'Ultravisitor' which has been replaced with bland drumming that wouldn't sound out of place on most current pop albums (WHY?!!).
I don't particularly mind the fact that most of D'demonstrator is actual songs rather than instrumentals (which have made up about 99% of Pusher's previous catalogue), although there is no organic singing, all vocoder and of course most of the lyrics are indistinguishable. What I do mind is the album's lack of any sense of adventure compared to everything else he's ever done, even 'Do You Know Squarepusher' the other dud Squarepusher album was at least adventurous (especially so actually) but this seems easy and like he's perhaps trying to please a few listeners too many.
'Plug Me In' is the opening track and the first of several ventures into slick R'n'B, with possibly the album's best use of the robotic vocoder, I can't help but love it, 'Abstract Lover' is a similarly pleasant pure cyber R'n'B track. 'Endless Night' is where Pusher throws a curveball into this new style of his, it begins with a great bassline (although sadly one of the few great bass moments of this album), then threaded through the peice are sections that fuse thumping apocalyptic metal with R'n'B vocals, interesting, still not quite a masterpeice but the closest thing D'Demonstaror has.
'Laser Rock' is a bit lame and 'Maximum Planck' is utterly dire (if you want to hear Squarepusher in metal mode I suggest you try the vastly superior 'Steinbolt' from 'Ultravisitor' or 'Delta V' from 'Just a Souvenir'), it pains me to say that about anything Squarepusher's done but they are beyond let downs.
'Megazine' of all the album's tracks this is the one probably most responsible for all the horrible Daft Punk comparisons but it's better, it's a stomping neo-dance-rock tune, with the most tongue in cheek metal inspired/piss taking bass solo you'll ever hear, I do and don't like it, I also do and don't want to like it, alot like D'demonstrator as a whole. 'Into the Blue' is a good, dark, moody, quirky tune with some nice chunky basslines. 'Frisco Wave' is a joyously cheesy, smooth, jazz funk instrumental, reminiscent of tracks like 'Bubble Life', 'Theme from Sprite' or maybe one of the 'Star Time' tracks. 'Cryptic Motion' is a respectable single, funky basslines and beautiful melodies that linger in the background, solid track, although it feels like a simplistic pop refinement of previous tones rather than an exciting new experiement with a life of it's own, a problem across the board on D'demonstrator.
I'll check out his next release to see if Squarepusher returns to form but in the meantime this album will be spending alot of lonesome time on the shelf whilst 'Hard Normal Daddy', 'Go Plastic', 'Music is Rotted' etc. carry on jamming on the turntable.