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Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II: 2 (33 1/3) Kindle Edition
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On the one hand, anyone buying a book about the Aphex Twin expecting to learn more about this most publicity-shy of artists only has themselves to blame.
On the other hand, having read Chris Ott's decent book on Unknown Pleasures (also from the 33 1/3 series) I expected something passable.
There is an awful lot of pointless discussion in this book. There's nothing wrong per se in reading someone else's thoughts on the Aphex Twin's second album "Selected Ambient Works Volume II" - even if their musings don't contain any new information, but here Marc Weidenbaum wastes space and time on such topics as the track names on Gracenote, (pedantically) why there was never a volume 1 (the Aphex Twin's previous release having been titled "Selected Ambient Works 85-92": this discussion could apply to any number of releases Marc, e.g. Abba's "Greatest Hits" and "Greatest Hits Vol. 2") and what volume 3 might sound like.
As an introduction to the album this book fails with its confusing prose and general lack of basic information about the artist. The topics that the author tries to touch on are more suitable for a thesis or a text book than a 127 page book about a classic, if quirky, album. If you want an introduction to the record, just buy the record - it'll probably cost you about the same anyway.
Controversially, Marc Weidenbaum appears to presume that Richard D. James was influenced by Brian Eno in the making of this record, but I personally don't think that can be taken as read and I didn't find it a useful parallel.Read more ›
Ultimately, this is a slightly unfullfilling text for any long term fans, but possibly a good introduction to anyone interested in one of the most unique and opaque albums of the 20th century. My advice: get the album, fall asleep to it and draw your own conclusions on how it was made and why.