ALBUM WARP RELEASE: MARCH 8,
2004 REVIEW: MARCH 12, 2004
do you start? This is the very thought I had when it came to expressing
what this album has done to my perception of music and its possibilities.
Quite simply this is the Squarepusher album I have been waiting for, and
if you are reading this, quite possibly you have too.
In the past it could be argued that Tom Jenkinson has created some genre
defining tracks, and has been responsible for some of the most out-there
music ever to be captured on record - this should be enough. But something
has always niggled me when listening to his albums, that is the sense
of it not quite being perfect, the little imperfections that you always
pick at - the track that could have been better, or you didn't quite "get";
the experimentation that just went that bit too far.
I am pleased to say that this is the album that finally fullfills the
promise. There is not one dodgy track on here, and because of this it
must be described as not only Squarepushers' greatest album of all time,
but mainly because of his exceptional talent, one of electronic music's
finest - it is an instant electronica classic!
music veers wildly all over the place; breaking conventions and making
new styles sometimes several times within the space of a single track.
Check out "50 Cycles" for sheer eye-popping creativity - with
its ambience-to-gabba-babble-vocal-to-white-noise-washes - all within
the space of the first three minutes of an eight minute plus track! This
is even before we get to the trademark broken shuffle beats and bass we
know and love so well - it is simply next level music.
Elsewhere just about every rule is broken, torn from the book and burnt
as Squarepusher takes us on a journey of electronic futurism, taking us
through distorted bubbling church bells ("Menelec"), hyper-drill
and bass ("Ultravisitor") and proto-flamenco ("Every Day
I Love") and a million more places besides, overall showing us through
the course of this substantial album how music will be at the beginning
of the next millennium.
You have no choice but to admire this album, it is simply Squarepushers
most coherent and brilliant album yet - we are just lucky we were born
at the right time to appreciate it!