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3.0 out of 5 stars Ambient with a rickety zimmer frame, 28 May 2006
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This review is from: Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (Audio CD)
I've only recently stumbled into the Ambient/Electronica genre after collecting Global Communication's 76:14, Aphex Twin's 26 mixes for Cash, Board's of Canada and Four Tet's Everything Ecstatic to name a few. I've been reading up on a lot of the masters of this genre to try and find out where to go next and this album has had one of the best reviews out of everyhting I've read about the 'Twin. Maybe it's just because I'm approaching it from the other side of his work - knowing what it's become but this album just sounded a bit embarressing if I'm honest. There were some excellent touches which alluded to what may come in future work but on the whole I felt as if I was at some cheesy post rave party in the 90s. Luckily I managed to get this out from the local library so I haven't had to buy it - I think I would have been really dissapointed. I think that the best thing that this record can prove to a listener hearing it for the first time with the knowledge of what Aphex Twin has become is that he started off very mundane and progressed to being brilliant - surely something positive to come away with. On the whole - if you didn't know who this was when you first heard it you would instantly dismiss it as being almost laughable. I think most people would only pay attention when they knew who it was and then would try to claim it as good to try and look cool.

May have been boundary pushing when it first came out - it now sounds incredibly dated
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Initial post: 9 Jan 2008 19:19:22 GMT
"May have been boundary pushing when it first came out - it now sounds incredibly dated"

Why is this surprising? The title does state quite clearly that the tracks are 85-92. If you expect something timeless from any album, you will be disappointed.

Posted on 23 Apr 2008 11:10:28 BDT
T. Foster says:
Written by someone who has only "recently stumbled upon ambient/eletronica", I note, this review is utter hogwash. Remember, this was made between 1985 and 1992. It's a work of utter genius that still sounds incredible today. If this sounds like a cheesy post rave party, go and have your hearing checked.

Posted on 31 Jan 2012 21:30:41 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Jan 2012 21:35:22 GMT
T. West says:
Yes it may sound a little dated, but not compared to a large amount of electronic artists that do not credit their listeners with patience nowadays. This music was around at the same time as Sonya and Jason Donovan, and was a good five years ahead of anything else. Reading up on the genre is the wrong thing to do. Listening would be better. How this could be cheesy is not apparent, but I expect Autechre will be cheesy in a few months as well.

Posted on 24 Dec 2012 21:25:10 GMT
M. LEAHY says:
please never write about music again.

Posted on 2 Jan 2013 10:02:05 GMT
pee yellow says:
this person is clearly insane!

Posted on 3 Jan 2013 12:39:43 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Jan 2013 09:35:54 GMT
Dan Fante says:
Well, there's no accounting for taste I suppose. To me, this album doesn't sound at all dated but one of the best descriptions I've ever read about it said it sounds futuristic and ancient at the same time. That's about right.

Posted on 15 Jun 2013 14:14:52 BDT
Quite amazing how different people interpret music......

Posted on 6 Oct 2013 11:39:09 BDT
What's really funny is that this review was written in 2006, and now Four Tet's Everything is Ecstatic sounds horribly dated, while another 7 or 8 years have only been kind to the Twin's Ambient Works.

Posted on 30 Dec 2013 14:58:32 GMT
your ears need mending.

Posted on 14 Jan 2015 20:59:23 GMT
N. J. Lewis says:
Clearly someone who hasn't got a scooby, I would strongly advise anyone to negate this review
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