Just A Souvenir - Squarepusher
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  • Summary: The 12th album for Tom Jenkinson was recorded over seven months.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Still sounding like no other artist on the planet--whether because of talent or intent--Squarepusher succeeds again with a radical, challenging piece of music.
  2. Just a Souvenir reveals itself to be a solid record, up there with the best of Squarepusher's work--as any good performer knows, you always leave the audience wanting more.
  3. As the languid classical guitar that dots the album brings it to a close, it hits that this 44-minute opus is perhaps more inviting, and more melodic, than anything Jenkinson has done in a long time.
  4. Like any jam band, Squarepusher begins to outstay his welcome after the noisy bass and drum kit duke- out of “Planet Gear.” Thankfully, the idyllic guitars of 'The Glass Road’s' and 'Yes Sequitir’s' idyllic guitars and the retro-futuristic computer voice of 'The Coathangars’s' retro-futuristic computer voice keep these heavenly interstellar jams from sounding too analogous. [Year End 2008]
  5. The record is neither a failure, nor can I imagine is it a pisstake. No, this is Tom Jenkinson letting out his inner rock star, letting his guard down from the laptops a little bit more, and having sloppy fun.
  6. Exhuasting but rewarding too. [Dec 2008, p.135]
  7. Not up to par with his other albums, Tom Jenkinson's latest work is saved only by his name and not his art.

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  1. Jul 8, 2012
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    being frantic is only a part of Squarepusher's appeal; in albums like these, he shows off his instrumental chops while creating jazz songs youbeing frantic is only a part of Squarepusher's appeal; in albums like these, he shows off his instrumental chops while creating jazz songs you could play over and over with little exhaustion. the first few tracks are also delightfully catchy and singable, and might find their way into your daily playlist. Expand