12 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In contrast to the darkly focused and often somber Ultravisitor, this 2006 follow-up is a merrymaking free-for-all that revisits some of Squarepusher’s favorite tricks. “Hello Meow” opens the album with a collision of fleet-footed acid and easy-listening melodies; “Theme from Sprite” is bubbly jazz fusion, while “Planetarium” smears epic, space-disco synths over cascading breakbeats. Even further out is “The Modern Bass Guitar,” a no-holds-barred drum ‘n’ bass throwdown overlaid with some of his most antic riffing ever.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In contrast to the darkly focused and often somber Ultravisitor, this 2006 follow-up is a merrymaking free-for-all that revisits some of Squarepusher’s favorite tricks. “Hello Meow” opens the album with a collision of fleet-footed acid and easy-listening melodies; “Theme from Sprite” is bubbly jazz fusion, while “Planetarium” smears epic, space-disco synths over cascading breakbeats. Even further out is “The Modern Bass Guitar,” a no-holds-barred drum ‘n’ bass throwdown overlaid with some of his most antic riffing ever.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

livingdead ,

Say Hello to Squarepusher

I've been a fan of Squarepusher since his first release and have followed his work through many different phases. This album is his most cohesive work thus far. It combines the fun, dark, alien-jungle sound of Hard Normal Daddy and Feed Me Weird Things (Planetarium, Theme from Sprite, Hello Meow) with just a little bit of the possessed fax-machine noise of some of his more recent EPs (Cronecker King, The Modern Bass Guitar). There's even some ambient/dub thrown in (Orient Orange). His work has become listenable again and it sounds great. This is a really good album for newcomers to Squarepusher to try before delving into his earlier stuff.
Best tracks: Planetarium, Welcome to Europe, Hello Meow.

jbondo ,

it's got its pros & cons..

in a nutshell, it's a typical SP album-- the good is good, the bad is bad. and indeed it has both. Hello Meow, Planetarium, and Welcome to Europe are my favs, and are probably the most universally listenable ones on the album. some tracks just downright hurt to hear. i'm sure many are fans of his disjointed noisecrap tracks, but i prefer the more melodic stuff. all in all, it's good, but i personally wish he'd explore more of the moody, soundtracky vibe and ditch the harsh noise.

glib909 ,

Overall, I may like this even better than Ultravisitor

IMO, I found "Hello Everything" more consistently enjoyable than Ultravisitor, which does have several excellent tracks on it, too, though I did end up skipping some of the noisier stuff there.
As suggested from the cover the sound here is much brighter than that of Ultravisitor (while, in it's electro-to-acoustic ratio it seems quite similar), it's really a departaure from his darker and sometimes harshly metallic sounding stuff.

Oh, and some of the reviews here are just inane: did Aphex do this 8 years ago? How could one have the mental capacity to both sit upright and type on a keyboard and make an inexplicable statement like that? People amaze me sometimes.

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