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One of the preeminent practitioners of the style of electronica labeled "Intelligent Dance Music," Autechre (consisting of Sean Booth and Rob Brown) returns with its first album in three years.
|RELEASE DATE:||15 May 2001|
NOTES: UK release 17 April 2001. Also available on vinyl (2xLP).
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Vodkajihad gave it a10:
Incredible. Pen Expers is the culmination of a promise made by electronic music at its inception.
Andrew D. gave it a10:
The absence of music to create illusions of sounds not there is what Confield (note the field i.e. the music and the con which is the deception) tries to and so magnificently succeeds in doing as an album. This is probably one of the greatest albums of all time, definitely listen. 10/10.
DemonicAngel gave it a 9:
Labeling Confield as a mere dance album would be an injustice. It's more accurately described as an extended and sometimes rather unsettling study in sonic texture, rhythm and ambience that happens to have been produced on electronic devices. It's so far removed from most other music that it's scary. The only reason it doesn't get a 10 is the overly messy final track. Otherwise, an innovative, compelling, and frequently confounding album - and one which, in a society obsessed with instant gratification, will never really get the attention it deserves.
istvan gave it a 10:
No-Fear-Music. As such, a very efficient (though not instant) treatment for inner fears. Leaves no room for complacency, but pays back the listener's effort in unexpected ways. Vital.
Benjamin Bunny gave it a 10:
"Confield"'s massive accompishment takes time to reveal itself, but once it does it makes most other electronic music sound childish--including Autechre's earlier albums. A most challenging, ecstatic, terrifying, thrilling, inditimidating, mind-altering experience...the best electronic record of this new century.
Nick P gave it a 9:
One of Autechre's and modern music's most ambitious and foward looking album. This stuff is ahead of it's time, alright. Just you wait.
Tobi M gave it a 10:
The best Album yet, its full scale will only be recognized in 10 years. Fantastic
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