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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: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  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. Collapse
  3. phobiazero
    Oct 24, 2001
    10
    Superb godamnit
  4. JimmyJ
    Oct 4, 2004
    10
    Those who think this album should have been cut down to one CD, you might as well just stop listening to Drukqs altogether, as you're Those who think this album should have been cut down to one CD, you might as well just stop listening to Drukqs altogether, as you're not getting this music at all. 10/10 Expand
  5. Apr 11, 2012
    10
    I don't condone Drugs to others, but this album does, it is what most will need to get into Richard D James' wonderous world of sound, whereI don't condone Drugs to others, but this album does, it is what most will need to get into Richard D James' wonderous world of sound, where you are allowed to cry, you can be frightened, and you can delve to the very core of your soul. If you aren't afraid of an album delving into the depths of your imagination, emulating the human brain, pulling you in and out of mindset after mindset, this is an album which will amaze you, terrify you, make you weep and leave you asking what the meaning of life is after it's spell is lifted, which could be many years from the time you hear it, enjoy. Expand
  6. MessyBoinger
    Nov 26, 2002
    8
    Three or four of the tracks are probably his best work to date: the rest vary from very good to downright mediocre. A couple of the tracks Three or four of the tracks are probably his best work to date: the rest vary from very good to downright mediocre. A couple of the tracks sound like they were experiments with a laptop and a cat - not good. Good for existing AFX fans but the previous Richard D. James album is probably a better bet for beginners. 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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