Bizarre. Almost inaccessible. Great. The first time I listened to this was through headphones in the street. The most remarkable booming moved in over the top of Isopropanol and I thought "Blimey these headphones are good." It was a train going past... Only with Aphex Twin can you mistake a train three feet away for music. Unique.
Bonkers, Bold, Brave, Banging. The typical erratic and headonistic style of Aphex twin and certainly some well known head bangers. It's crazy and hard mostly, but luckily I love that so for me amazing. But if you are looking for safe house music keep searching this isn't it. This is acid, techno, slammin beats full of energy.
This album's not for the faint-hearted, no way. I'd say there's around two, MAYBE three songs that seem accessible to your everyday person. Luckily this man couldn't gives a monkeys toss about pleasing everyone, and it more than shows in these 12 tracks (the final two performed under one of many future aliases)
The opener "Digeridoo" gets things off to a fairly hardcore start, but songs like the sinister "Tamphex", "Phlange Phace" and "Dodeccaheedron" actually take the album further and further into madness territory. Which I love don't get me wrong. It's just that even for me I find the whole album a bit hard to digest in one sitting.
"Digeridoo", "Polynomial C", "Analogue Bubblebath" and "Metapharstic" are obvious winners and keepers for me and for someone who likes to listen to stuff that's not outside the box, but miles down at the half-way line, definitely give this one a whirl. She's a tough listen though.
If you love your HARD techno then get this.This can be very 'GRITTING TEETH' stuff but i really was blown away.If like me you love you music any style then you will want this.I've read some of the reviews here where some people say it may be hard listening.So when i was thinking of buying this i was a bit wary (i knew what to expect but was still a bit unsure),but i thought what the heck go for it.I'm glad i did i absolutely love this now.You can imagine this going down a storm in the techno clubs.This guy,at the time of these recording was(and still is!)ahead of his time.This is a real breath of fresh air,what with all the 'Pumping Trance/Hard House'getting very very boring at the moment.Oh and by the way,it sounds great in the car as well.JUST BUY IT!!
This is packed full of stonkingly noisy, energetic tracks that are almost without exception great - plus the odd relaxed-ish moment too (Analogue Bubblebath). A little different to the others, but then they're all different... certainly not like 'Windowlicker' or 'Come To Daddy', his most famous moments. Perhaps comparable to a harder, noiser, Selected Ambient Works, but it's hard to say. Not the best Aphex album, and the tracks sometimes wear into one another if you listen to them all in one go, but overall this is a worthy addition to a collection, even if it isn't the 'definitive' Aphex album.
The aphex twin passed me by in the nineties well everything passed me by in the nineties. its interesting to wonder if you heard this stuff then without realising who it was. i always thought the aphex twin was a commercial group cashing in on the rave scene. success was a bit suspect during the early nineties. Now listening to this its actually quite underground hardcore techno. I recommend this to anyone who appreciated the acid of the late 80's and got a bit tired after a while of the feel good extc that was the early 90's. Mixes well with the Warp labels classics like nightmares on wax or with detroit techno but best with RnS classics on the same label. N-Joi house music all night long house music all night long only for the headstrong.