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  • Summary: This is the first full-length studio release from Richard D. James as Aphex Twin in over 13 years.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Sep 29, 2014
    100
    A startlingly accessible, possibly even pop-friendly effort. [3 Oct 2014, p.69]
  2. Sep 23, 2014
    95
    We’re going to be talking about this album for years to come.
  3. Uncut
    Sep 25, 2014
    90
    While there's nothing as pop as "Windowlicker" here, it's still thrilling to hear him romp deliriously through all manner of styles in the key of Apex for the bulk of these dozen tracks. [Nov 2014, p.71]
  4. Sep 22, 2014
    80
    Admittedly, Syro will probably not win over a new generation of fans like the Richard D. James album once did, but as a continuation of everything that has made Aphex Twin compelling, it's a triumph.
  5. Sep 30, 2014
    80
    Imagine a mirror which distorts not just the reflection, but reality itself, and you have a fair idea of the stunning legacy to which Syro triumphantly belongs.
  6. Sep 23, 2014
    80
    It’s a breathless record, one that threatens to last an eternity--such is the speed and dazzling depth at which James expresses himself.
  7. Mojo
    Nov 5, 2014
    60
    What is missing is that impish, dangerous side, the famous contorted grin and all that it suggests: humour and horror, surprise and confrontation. [Nov 2014, p.89]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Sep 23, 2014
    10
    Music is pretty much my life. I can't go a day without listening to music. I'm just so tired of crappy mainstream EDM songs, so listening toMusic is pretty much my life. I can't go a day without listening to music. I'm just so tired of crappy mainstream EDM songs, so listening to this album is not only a breath of fresh air, but also a great comeback. It's not as noisy as some of his older stuff, but it's probably my favorite Aphex Twin album. The disharmonies... sometimes it sounds like you're listening to several songs at once. Now, that might sound messy, but it actually works. It's extremely exciting and reminds me that electronic music still has potential in places I thought were dead. Expand
  2. Oct 24, 2014
    10
    Syro is definitely the work of a Genius. Very intriguing beats and melodies integrated with a masterful use of harmony. The originality of hisSyro is definitely the work of a Genius. Very intriguing beats and melodies integrated with a masterful use of harmony. The originality of his work is noticeable even to the non-trained ear. Expand
  3. Sep 24, 2014
    10
    Great return as "Aphex Twin", the industry won't know wtf this is but the reviews speak for themselves, thank **** for warp records :)Great return as "Aphex Twin", the industry won't know wtf this is but the reviews speak for themselves, thank **** for warp records :)
    Nothing so new here but every song constantly keeps you engaged and is enjoyable and danceable, aswel as of course being a mind****, it's like the track all falls apart then bits smash and collide together creating awesome, organised chaos!
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  4. Jun 25, 2016
    9
    You wont find anything like this anywhere in the entire electronic genre. This guy just paved the way for Skrillex, Deadmau5, Guetta, etc toYou wont find anything like this anywhere in the entire electronic genre. This guy just paved the way for Skrillex, Deadmau5, Guetta, etc to try and catch up to Richard's ability for the next ten years. There are so many pin-point focused sounds and beat-breaks that he probably spent his entire 13 years of solitude working on Syro. Aphex's best since SAW2? I think so Expand
  5. Sep 23, 2014
    9
    The new Aphex Twin had an impact similar to Kid A on the indiescene on me. First, i doubted if this was the comeback i was dreaming of. ButThe new Aphex Twin had an impact similar to Kid A on the indiescene on me. First, i doubted if this was the comeback i was dreaming of. But than, at the second listen already, the record came in like a thunderbolt. To me, it's clear that this album isn't as experimental as his previous ones, but that isn't a bad thing to me. I feel like AT did his thing on this album, but better. Together with Caribou, definitely my most celebrated electronic album of 2014. The soundscapes on this masterpiece are from another dimension. Influences from soul, drum 'n bass, early house and in minority some other genres, all blend in for a mixture of the best electronic artwork and non-club electronic album of the year, and maybe even of this decade so far. Expand
  6. Nov 2, 2014
    8
    There is so much going on in Richard David James' head, it's really just an assault on the senses for an hour here - but that's in no way aThere is so much going on in Richard David James' head, it's really just an assault on the senses for an hour here - but that's in no way a bad thing. James is in so many ways different to the EDM, IDM and Techno music we've become settled with - it's just absorbing to listen to. Expand
  7. Dec 8, 2014
    2
    All the crtics who gave it a 9 or 10 -- I bet they never listen to the album again. The easiest thing in the world is to create sounds, addingAll the crtics who gave it a 9 or 10 -- I bet they never listen to the album again. The easiest thing in the world is to create sounds, adding fx, tweaking tweakin... but placing many sounds together does not make a song. So what if there are lots of 'ideas' in a track if there is very little cohesion. Not sure why it's seen as genius... it sounds to me like a lot of indulgent noodling. Maybe it's simply ear relief compared to recent EDM. But "Hey this is a cool effect on the drums, hey so's this, and this, lemme put em all together" does not make for intriguing, or sustained listening. Imagine improv jazz mixed with elevator muzak, with outdated synth sounds but some production skillz, and you have this album. Expand

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