(RS 881 - November 8, 2001)
(Posted: Oct 17, 2001)
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Review 1 of 3
This is a challenging but brilliant album. James showcases all his skills as the music vacillates between atmospheric droning, noisy acid, and piano pieces that are reminiscent of Chopin. Like it or not, this guy is a genius and this is the future of music.
Jan 18, 2008 03:37:10
Review 2 of 3
after hearing windowlicker on the radio(2002) i went to the shop with the intent of buying it,the only aphex twin that they had was drukqs.on first hearing drukqs i thought afx was a little mad.the album was a bit fast,and cockver 10 scared the s**t out of me,for i was high on Es and i think i heard the rapist samples subliminallly?the 2nd time was like realizing that if ever there was drug music it was this.i have read some reviews where some say that this is a s**t album how can a man who has made tunes like HELIOSPHAN & WAX THE NIP before this make crap.maybe these critics assume that drukqs is crap because it is loud and varied.what most critics say about things does not put me off for i see for myself if i like,as for drukqs i love it for it was the 1st afx album i heard,and working my way back through his catalogue i see that most critics probably thought it would sound like his previous work
Nov 25, 2007 17:32:45
Review 3 of 3
I'd always been fond of any Aphex Twin I had heard in the past. When I finally decided to buy one of his albums, this one had just come out. I remember not exactly liking this album the first time I heard it, but like most good music, I kept coming back to it.
Many people claim they miss the days of Windowlicker, to which I reply- "What are you smoking?" This album has, admittedly some of the more trying music the man has ever released, but it's also completely beautiful, involving and complex. Yeah maybe it's as unifying as a stag film, it's still ten times better than most of the stuff out there.
If I had to compare this album to other music, I would actually go as far as to say it's like John Zorn's treatment of the work of Ennio Morricone on The Big Gundown, as both albums are extremely bizarre yet listenable. Half the time you won't even recognize just how musical these works are, but the proof is in the pudding. When this album becomes dedicated to memory, it becomes a favorite.
I have to seriously endorse this album as a non-fan considering it was my first album of his with limited knowledge of his previous work and he managed to win me over. If you're into glitch music, prepared piano pieces, or just something to drive at night to, these two discs make for the lovely companions.
(Mt. Saint Michel Mix+St. Michaels Mount is especially enjoyable with headphones.)
Apr 21, 2007 03:55:10