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on 4 December 2013
very good, especially scopem hard... only dropped 1 star because nothing can be as good as Hard Normal Daddy. Buy.
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Squarepusher returns with his new album `Ufabulum', and as ever Squarepusher doesn't take the easy route with yet another `difficult' album.

An uninspiring glitchy melody starts '4001', which soon erupts into a pretty catchy synth-funk euphoric trance track. But then things start to go wrong, `Unreal square' has an annoying gameboy melody intro which slowly evolves for the better before reverting back to type and then totally loses all coherence with an IDM - Drum n Bass - Hyper-funk mess. "Stadium Ice' is a pretty apt title, as Squarepusher goes into full-on Stadium Synth indulgence mode. It progressively gets worse with even more synth-rave ecstasy in `Energy Wizard'. You know he's poking fun, but there are limits to your patience!

`Red in Blue' halts the ultra-good vibes with a more sombre track, but its still not very interesting. The darker tones start to seep through with the complex dark-step metallica of `The Metallurgist', complete with twisted acid bass-lines, which just about works as a track. `Dark Steering' continues with similar acidic and metallic assaults, and `Drax 2' builds on the earlier dark-step and slowly morphs into a deconstructivist fourth-dimensional sonic epic. The rave euphoria returns in the penultimate `Ecstatic Shock' before we end with the brittle '303 Scopem Hard', showcasing Squarepushers extraordinary bass-playing over another completely wigged-out electronica extravaganza.

This first half of `Ufabulum', i.e. the `lighter' side of Squarepusher is jarring, the second and much darker half of the album has a better appreciation of the incredible deconstructive musical combinations which mark Squarepushers best work. There's no questioning Mr Pushers technical prowess, but his `all-in' approach has always led to inconsistent releases. When the music works, like on '4001 and `Drax 2' then Squarepusher is a real pleasure. But when it doesn't work, as on half of this album, its an incoherent, annoying mess.

Its as if Squarepushers trying to out-do the new pretender to his crown Rustie, who's 2011 debut `Glass Swords' had the same interminable inconsistencies. The trouble is that Squarepusher is well into his career and he hasn't really veered much from his asymmetrical musical path, here's waiting for a real about-turn on his next album.
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on 13 April 2016
great album
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on 10 July 2012
Good album, but Amazon quality of audio is poor. Tempted to go get it from "elsewhere" (Even though I paid for it) as it really isn't good enough.
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on 16 May 2012
Latest offering from Squarepusher is a return to form. No more experimental jazz, pure electronic perfection. My favourites are at present 4001, Dark Steering and Ecstatic Shock. Recomended to all lovers of quality electronic music.
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