Richard D James [VINYL]
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The melodies and strings are so emotional and catchy yet the beats are a jungle of mashed up beats and mettalic futuristic sounds. Ive been listening to this album almost every day for the past 6 years as I find it very theraputic, despite all the noise! I listen to it whenever I feel down or even angry.
My mates hate it and think its just simplistic noise but it is so deep and beautiful I cant descibe it.
My favourite album of all time without doubt.
This, I believe is the very concept behind Aphex Twin and his work, he shows us that sound IS music, rather than music being sound and rather than an album just being a collection of different melodies, it takes the listener on a journey of discovery and bewilderment. Calm >>>> Chaos >>>> Paranoia >>>> Ultimate Enlightenment. This may sound intolerably pretentious but what you're given isn't always what you get.
There is one drawback however, it's too short!!! :(
Sure, the accustomed manic, machine-gun beats, pulsating programming and breakneck changes of pace are very much in evidence, but behind this front are some truly lovely synth washes, strings and melodic threads which dance merrily in and out of the maelstrom of sound.
The whole record, although barely over half an hour long, is packed with variety. Just when you think you have got the measure of the thing with the first four tracks James pulversises you with intense beats at the end of `Corn Mouth'. This is brilliantly followed up with the spooky child-like vocal samples on `To.Kill A Weakling Child' which are buried in sound as the track progresses. Then comes arguably the most remarkable track on the record and the only beat-free one,`Goon Gumpas', whose gorgeous string and synth melody unexpectedly conjures up images of pastoral bliss.
`Girl/Boy Song' is perhaps the highlight of the album, though, combining in its melody and rhythm all that has gone so well before. The album's longest track, it builds superbly to a brilliantly melodic climax.
This is hardly restful music but is constantly challenging and enjoyable. The nostalgic atmosphere (I swear there are some ZX Spectrum loader sounds on at least two tracks) is so different to label mates Boards of Canada but no less potent. A remarkable achievement.
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Took a while to arrive but it's well packaged and brand new just as advertised.Published 21 months ago by Barney!
This album is a beast in RDJ's output; it ranks as close to Drukqs as perfection gets. I'm more a fan of the chaotic hard choppy beats than the ambient output, but what you like... Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2013 by Scott Baker
This is probably one of his greater albums. The songs are well varied and have catchy rhythms and melodies. Read morePublished on 14 July 2013 by Brad Strider
This is an album i'v wanted for some time. On purchasing it i'd say i have mixed feelings towards it. Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2010 by TheReader
This is quite unlike much of Mr James' music, simply put this album could be classed as a modern day piece of classical music!
I love it!
I know what your thinking, if this is the great one's best album's then why just the 4/5 rating?
Pretty Simple Explanation really, the album's he releases are simply... Read more
Aphex Twin is my favorite electronic musician. And this is my favorite Aphex Twin album. It's so glorious that words aren't good enough to describe it. Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2007 by Steven M. Quinn
From the opening strings and ridicuosly complex yet simple drum machine loops and beats you know this is going to be a special musical journey. Read morePublished on 5 April 2005