5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Solid, but disappointing,
This review is from: Oversteps (Audio CD)
This Autechre fan actually rather liked the direction Autechre took with all their albums after and including Chiastic Slide - especially the dizzyingly alien and imaginative heights hit by Confield and Draft 7.30. There is plenty of great music out there with clear melodies and harmonies and other conventional musical necessities, but what Autechre offered in their later records was a new kind of musical landscape: detailed and rich and full of emotion, but utterly unconventional.
Thus, Oversteps is something of a disappointment. Their first three records and their accompanying EPs were fine albums, and there is nothing wrong with the idea Autechre returning to melody, but the new album is perhaps a little too on the soft side. Though there are many moments of fierce beauty, the energy in Oversteps withers a little towards the end, and the use of the same or similar synth tones track after track begins to take away from the power of the CD overall. What happened to their unusual, varied, complex, mind-bending sound design on this one? A fine album, then, but not the grand return (as if Autechre needed to return, anyway) people are saying it is.