Drukqs

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  • Summary: This 30-track, 2-disc set from Richard D. James is his first Aphex Twin album in five years.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. 100
    In-between the chaos and peace, 'Drukqs' induces a whole host of emotions using acid squiggles, plucked piano strings and 80s electro-breaks.
  2. The best work of his inventively mad career.
  3. What 'Drukqs' never is, of course, is boring. It's also beautifully paced. No track sounds like the one before, even though Aphex rarely strays far from the musical palate that's served him so well in the past.
  4. While there are a couple of tracks that are completely amazing, the album as a whole could have used a little better sequencing to make it more tight.
  5. Much of "Drukqs" sounds like two different albums competing and thus canceling each other out.... An ambitious but ultimately failed experiment.
  6. Unfortunately, most of the album's beautiful moments are cordoned off from the unbeautiful ones in ways that leave both wanting.
  7. His most irrelevant album to date: a double CD, thirty-track compendium of indecipherable song titles, gratuitously weird sounds and occasional wisps of ersatz classical piano that are aimlessly pretty.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Jul 14, 2012
    10
    This has to be one of Richards finest works here. Critically underrated! Piles of stand out tracks. A welcome addition to any Aphex TwinThis has to be one of Richards finest works here. Critically underrated! Piles of stand out tracks. A welcome addition to any Aphex Twin fan's library. Expand
  2. Nov 15, 2010
    10
    One of his best, right behind Selected Ambient Works Vol. 1 and Richard D. James. All these mainstream critics just don't get it. Go back toOne of his best, right behind Selected Ambient Works Vol. 1 and Richard D. James. All these mainstream critics just don't get it. Go back to rating Kanye West and Lil Wayne you uncultured dopes. Expand
  3. phobiazero
    Oct 24, 2001
    10
    Superb godamnit
  4. charlieh
    Nov 9, 2005
    10
    If you are interested in hearing an album that trancends classification, destroys expectations and simply delights, you must listen to Druqks.
  5. Jul 27, 2013
    10
    Drukqs, though I would struggle to define it as James' greatest album among so many masterpieces, is my personal favourite album not just forDrukqs, though I would struggle to define it as James' greatest album among so many masterpieces, is my personal favourite album not just for Aphex Twin, but counting all his pseudonyms. The interspersed piano pieces are hauntingly beautiful (re: Rolling Stone) and provide a rest from the intensity of songs like "Gwarek2" and "Strotha Tynhe". The atmosphere of the album is intense and almost overwhelming but simultaneously comforting and fantastical. "Vordhosbn" is one of James' best ambient tracks, and and "Mt Saint Michael Saint Michaels Mount" reach towering, giddy pinnacles that put you into a trance. A brilliant album that I listen to more than any other, and will never get tired of. Expand
  6. R
    May 6, 2006
    8
    This was the first warp album I ever heard and it led me to buy many more. There are many filler tracks here, like the annoying skits you This was the first warp album I ever heard and it led me to buy many more. There are many filler tracks here, like the annoying skits you find in a lot of hip hop albums, and it's these that put a lot of the critics off. However, well over half of the 100 minutes of music here is excellent (even if that makes up of less than half of the 30 tracks), some of the best work he has done I feel. Although fairly experimental in places (not necessarily a bad thing), the music is often catchy and sometimes quite moving. Although I often agree with the scores on metacritic, you have to remember that a lot of the reviewers only have the album for a few days before they review it, and I believe this needs a little bit more time and patience than that. I actually put this 100 minute double album onto one cd about 80 minutes long, removing 11 of the silly tracks. I only did this because it was easier for listening to it on a walkman. What I was left with was the nine proper songs, and the filler which is actually worthwhile, like the short interludes on the Boards of Canada albums. It is excellent, and just shows that if you can overlook the minority of material here which is deliberately stupid, you are left with an album with many strengths. So if you are interested in Aphex Twin, do not hesitate to buy this album, so long as you are willing to take on a challenge. Expand
  7. Mar 16, 2013
    2
    I have a number of Aphex Twin albums and this is by far the worst. It was apparently written as a "deal breaker" and I can believe it. ManyI have a number of Aphex Twin albums and this is by far the worst. It was apparently written as a "deal breaker" and I can believe it. Many of the tracks are abbrasive without any reedeming quality and are simply unlistenable. This album does not give you a remote idea of what Richard D James (Aphex Twin) is capable of producing. It's a little tiring to see arrogant comments such as those by AlphaHacker who seem to think that only their opinion and personal tastes matter. I have at least 10 Aphex Twin albums, including a few he made under different monickers and Drukqs is terrible. It seems like he put almost no effort into it.

    Someone commented, "Aphex Twin isn't out to please people or make a cohesive album." Fine, but that doesn't mean that we can't share our opinions on this album. There are two or three tracks I enjoy out of all the tracks on the 2 CDs. This is the only Aphex Twin albulm I own that I simply won't listen to. Every other album of his that I own, including Selected Ambient Works 85 92, Selected Ambient Works II, I Care Because You Do, Richard D James Album, Analogue Bubblebath III, Chosen Lords, Windolicker, Come to Daddy, Hangable Auto Bulb, Surfing on Sine Waves, put Drukz to shame because Drukz is a lousy album.

    If you like the album, fine, that's up to you, but don't try pretending that only the opinions of those who like it matter, because that's not how it works. Many people even diehard fans of Aphex Twin like myself dislike this album and many of those who've not heard it will dislike it. I don't like the album. I think it sucks and my opinion is just as valid as those who give it a 10/10 and call it genius, no matter what you think of the album. Proclaiming it "genius" doesn't mean that your opinion is worth more.
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