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Selected Ambient Works 2
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Special Interest, New Age, Pop
No Description Available. Genre: Dance, DJ Media Format: Compact Disk Rating: Release Date: 12-APR-1994
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Genre: Dance, DJ
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 12-APR-1994
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Aaron A. from VIRGINIA BCH, VA
Reviewed on 4/5/2012...
Listen to this with headphones and "experience" all the subtleties that are layered on these two discs.
Challenging, brilliant and paradigm-shifting
Michael Paulsen | Rancho Santa Margarita, CA USA | 03/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As when this collection was released in 1994, SELECTED AMBIENT WORKS VOL. II continues to confound techno fans and musicologists alike. Richard James working under his most famous guise, Aphex Twin, released this collection which is still one of the most significant electronic albums ever released and, yes, RDJ is both a genius and a calculated, smart-arsed iconoclast, but a con-artist he ain't. Many people appear to be so outraged by this album (what no song titles? where are the hum-along melodies? where are the dance beats?) that they are prone to ridicule it with knee jerk 1-star reviews -- you can almost visualize the terror in their eyes when their notions of music have been turned upside-down by this album. Frequently devoid of percussion, the musicscapes and tone poems found here are a mix of the profoundly beautiful, terrifying and dissonant. This album is for anyone with enough musical sense to look beyond standard pop music structure and dance beats and a willingness to explore darker, abstract and frequently microtonal electronic music like you've never heard before. If you can appreciate Xenakis, John Cage, Brian Eno, Stockhausen and other early electronic/ambient/avant-garde pioneers then this album is a must. Granted, a few tracks are downright grating, but even they have their place on this album. Now that electronica is a bonafide genre choked with literally thousands of subpar artists and compilations, this album stands as a rare, mind-altering jewel ... now more than ever."
THERE ARE NO BEATS HERE.....
J. Michael Showalter | Nashville, TN United States | 08/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Again, there are no beats.There is nothing resembling a beat. Nor song structure. Nor anything you've heard before.... I've read that James put together this album as something of a joke on critics and people who thought that the first volume of this was as minimalist as things some. Together with Autechre's Tri Repeatae++, this is the most inhuman music that I've ever heard. It is out of this world different, and that is a good thing.You want to dance to this, you'd better have some good... This is chill out, meditational, semi-holy music good for periods of lucidity. Its like rocks talking to you, it is like a space probe from genius coming down to Indiana....it takes time. Don't buy this if you're not going to give it a chance, don't buy it if you're not willing to let it settle. YOU WILL HAVE WASTED YOUR MONEY! If all of these conditions are fulfilled, get used to it and let yourself fall half asleep. It will change you."