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is that my eye?
on 4 December 2002
I was quite looking forward to this album, hoping it might be better than Go Plastic, which was ok but often reduced itself to just noise for no reason at all. I'm personally more into Go Plastic or perhaps Budakhan Mindphone and that kind of Squarepusher material. I bought the Untitled single on vinyl because I didn't realise it would be released on this album, then later found out that I'd wasted my money because it's on here. However, I hoped that the rest of the album would follow suit because the track Do You Know Squarepusher is incredible, possibly the best Squarepusher track ever.
The rest of the album isn't much like that at all. Unfortunately, out of the remaining six tracks, two are simply experimental noise similar to Metteng Excuske V.1.2 or Tommib from Go Plastic, which maybe make some sort of sense after several listenings but I doubt it, two are actually music of some description, and the last track is a cover of Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart which sounds pretty much the same as the original but not as good at all.
The two other tracks that are somewhat musical are fairly experimental but still listenable and even something that you may get into after the initial listen. I particularly like track 2, which features some sort of semi-rap about physics (I think) which continues throughout.
The live CD is probably the factor that saves the album. I was dissapointed that almost all the tracks are off Go Plastic, but they're all done so well live that it didn't really matter. The only problem is that after about two thirds of the way through it gets a bit too harsh listening to that much harsh noise (and I listen to Atari Teenage Riot and Alec Empire etc.), but I suppose some people can take it, and you don't have to listen to the whole thing at once.
I think this album is probably more suited to people who are already into Squarepusher. I would reccomend earlier albums to people who haven't heard him before, my personal favourites being (as mentioned above) Big Loada and Budakhan Mindphone.