Confield - Autechre
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  • Summary: 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.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 90
    The mind-boggling intricacies and moody, broody sound-sculpting on tracks like Pen Expers find Autechre zooming off, leaving their followers eating cosmic dust. [May 2001, p.110]
  2. Confield, Autechre's sixth full-length and its best release since 1997's Chiastic Slide, may also be its most ambitious.
  3. Confield promises elegant production, accessibility in moderation, and one of the most enveloping, thought-provoking listening experiences to come forth from leftfield this year.
  4. Confield not only documents the future of IDM; it also cements Autechre's name in the pantheon of sonic visionaries. [Jul 2001, p.63]
  5. It's kind of a mess in places.
  6. 70
    Autechre are mulching electronic music, letting their code sweat and rot in the heat. In doing so, they set off a complex ecological process that is interesting to watch, if not always pretty to listen to. [#84, p.105]
  7. 60
    They've all but abandoned 4/4 grooves, discarded bass as an inefficient distraction and fractured their beats into splintery beatlets that detonate in flurries. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.105]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. CheradenineZ.
    Sep 30, 2002
    In one word, this album sounds Foreign. I have not heard music at all like this anywhere else, not even the rest of Ae's previous stuff (Chiastic Slide being closest) Expand
  2. Mar 24, 2014
    It's hard to describe this album and give a review. All I can say is that it gets better with time and you never fully appreciate this album at his best because each listen there is something new. Though, I would say this has to be the most elitist music in the world, meaning that only a few could listen and enjoy it. Expand
  3. TobiM
    Nov 24, 2002
    The best Album yet, its full scale will only be recognized in 10 years. Fantastic
  4. Vodkajihad
    Apr 9, 2008
    Incredible. Pen Expers is the culmination of a promise made by electronic music at its inception.
  5. Jan 28, 2013
    I listened to this while i was having a vacation in Manzanillo, Mexico. It was 2:00 of the most beautiful moments of my life, inspiring, complex, I was astonished, hypnotized. Confield is one of the best albums in the history of humankind. No exaggeration. Expand
  6. May 4, 2013
    The IDM duo's breakthrough release is absolutely hooking, with layers of ambiance and carefully detailed beats, Autechre is able to create a sonic landscape of electronica that will remain the baron of their discography for years to come. Expand
  7. JohnM.
    Jan 22, 2002
    Autechre has always pushed the limits of musical definition on their albums, and even now, with the uncategorizable Confield, Autechre has instead decomposed their sound, instead of elevating it, and it sounds remarkably interesting. The entire thing is minimalist in every sense, creating a serene mood on nearly every track by painting soundscapes through the overlapping of the most solemn and quiet melodies in history. Yet although Confield remains interesting in an artistic sense, it certainly does not yield multiple listens. It's sound is often tiring and sometimes disturbing after the second listen and the mood, although fascinating when observed like a foreign substance under a microscope, is not as interesting as the electro-funk days of Tri-Repetae++, one of the greatest electronic albums in music history. So, Confield, although quite an artistic achievement on the basis that - Autechre can always come up with something new - is almost too mellow and quiet to fill the desperate need for another action-packed Autechre album. Expand

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