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Come To Daddy
Come To Daddy
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars post modern or prehistoric?, 21 Mar 2003
This review is from: Come To Daddy (Audio CD)
i have found that a lot of the people i have played this ep to commented that it didn't really have a tune/beat/any sort of structure. these people are lazy. on first exposure to the work of richard d. james it is hard to fathom exactly what the listener is supposed to gain from the mix of off kilter percussion, vicious white noise and atmospheric keyboard noodlings. yet perseveerance will reward. those who don't understand will argue that music needs to have a tune or at least a constant rhythm yet this is like claiming that poetry must rhyme or art must perfectly resemble the subject, a neo-classical attitude which has generally been made redundant in art and poetry yet still restricts the music industry to an extent. however, labelling aphex twin's work as post-modern may be doing it a disservice as it is a term often associated with the phrase 'weird for the sake of weird'. and there is certainly a lot more influences to the structure of his work than random psychological creative processes. although these processes are strong, yet perhaps not so random. the apparently sporadic beats are the heartbeat of most tracks and only seem random when compared to the static thud thudding of most chart dance music. the range of sounds used also challenges the listeners sense of rhythm as melodies are created by percussion sounding instruments confusing the layers of the compositions. closer attention reveals strong pulses and drum ostinatoes running through most tracks. yet these overly complicated weaving structures are uderpinned by an instinctive feeling of modern primitivism. the obvious delight richard d. james takes in every beat or sound in a track mirrors a tribal, even prehistoric joy in his music, which the listener cannot help but appreciate. but despite his percussion fetishes james comes across as an accomplished composer, lacing intricate and beautiful piano melodies into the harsh electric backdrop. with each track as breath taking an example of intellectual electronica you are ever likely to experience. this disc resembles the most complicated quadratic equation, the most inspired work by picasso or the darkest most soul touching piece by poe rather than simply another cd single.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Limp Bizkit take note, 4 Mar 2002
This review is from: Infest (Audio CD)
as we all know by now nu-metal is taking over the world and love it or hate papa roach must be given respect for promoting the genre. while pasty faced goths will sneer at the lack of high pitched screaming or the hip hop style drumming labelling papa roach as townie-metal or gangsta wannabe rap metal it is a fact that they are pushing heavy metal into the public eye inspiring other groups and forcing the world to sit up and take notice of a genre which is often ignored by radio, television etc.
the album itself is a bit samey but if you like hardcore this is a good album. the chunky guitars, catchy riffs and solid, clean drumming make for an album which is both listener friendly yet incredibly dark at the same time. coby dick's vocals can switch from gentle crooning to harsh barks in a split second adding to the energy and fervour of this album.
ignore those who disrespect papa roach purely because of chart success, they have been successful for a reason. PLEASE buy this instead of anything by limp bizkit.

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Designer Collection: Mixed By DJ Hype
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it is great, 1 Nov 2000
it is great to hear amazing dance like thius after all these years. people think the hardcore scene is dead but there are still many of us rocking out in living rooms across the nation to the tubthumping sounds of vibes, dougal, slipmatt and seduction.
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