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This review is from: Hello Everything (Audio CD)
This is the second squarepsuher album I've bought and after my introduction to Jenkinson's music in the form of the controlled chaos of Go Plastic it never escapes me that many of the tracks on this album seem comaparatively tame.
Tracks like Hello Meow and Welcome to Europe are cute, catchy, even poppy electro numbers which are fine, even good but it's hard to beleive that these have been done by the same man who brought us The Exploding Psychology and Boneville Occident. Tracks like the electronic wirlpool of The Modern bass Guitar provide reassurance, a pinch on the arm to be sure we're not in some kind of nightmare where Tom jenkinson's left behind his will and talent to experiment with music in favour of a dillute, mainstream acceptable sound.
-Vacuum Garden is a shameful waste of 6 minutes of your life, don't listen to it. Circlewave 2 is a calm, soothing classical guitar peice which is well worth listening to as a slower, easier track.
-Rotate Electrolyte is the best straight up peice of techno on the album which varies from harsh to cool sounds.
-Plotinus is an exemplary marraige of Drum and Bass and Squarepusher's Jazz influences but doesn't go easy on the ears.
-The Modern Bass Guitar further pushes the boundries (although has no bass playing in it ironically) but is never wanton, the melodies are mangled but they're there, the mood is intense from whimsical to haunting.
-Orient Orange is a blend of ambient and almost avent-garde jazz drumming, wierd and 10 minutes long but actually very atmospheric.
The bonus Vacuum Track disc is for the most part cack but Melt 1 does hold some interest.
This is probably the best Squarepusher album for casual listeners of the genre and hasn't completely abandoned the left field stylings of earlier releases but those of us who've come to love Go Plastic or Music is Rotted One Note may be dissapointed. Even if many of the tracks are tame they're still enjoyable to listen to, so don't be too put off by my musical snobbery. Although to be honest; I've got my fingers crossed he returns to form next album round.