Ufabulum

  • Record Label: Warp
  • Release Date: May 15, 2012
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  1. Jun 4, 2012
    80
    Ufabulum easily stands as his strongest and most consistent work since Go Plastic.
  2. May 23, 2012
    80
    It's something that can be quite brilliant: to paraphrase Special Agent Dale Cooper--Squarepusher's path is a strange and difficult one.
  3. May 16, 2012
    80
    Ufabulum shows Squarepusher pushing forward some of his leanest, most unfurled compositions to date.
  4. Uncut
    May 10, 2012
    80
    It's hard to dispute that Ufabulum find him in the form of his life. [Jun 2012, p.84]
  5. Alternative Press
    May 10, 2012
    80
    Fan waiting for the true follow-up to 2001's Go Plastic may now warm their souls by the heat of his hard drive. [Jun 2012, p.84]
  6. May 10, 2012
    80
    Ufabulum rises out of the muddle of curious decisions on the several albums before it, offering a true-to-form Squarepusher experience more diverse and ornate than almost any before it.
  7. Jul 2, 2012
    70
    There's something about how these tracks activate complicated astrophysical sequences dense with mathematical run-off that makes them have hi-speed, cyber-virtual effervescence.
  8. May 29, 2012
    70
    It's still dance music, for those who can dance through a barrage.
  9. May 24, 2012
    70
    At its best it is an almost physical experience. The two fundamental components (swelling synths and explosive rhythms) in the first case exemplify heart and soul and in the latter explode in every direction at once – the best tracks do both simultaneously.
  10. May 23, 2012
    70
    This may not be the most challenging or experimental Squarepusher album, but it feels like a step forward for an IDM artist who's been at it for nearly two decades.
  11. May 15, 2012
    69
    Ufabulum abandons Squarepusher's usual 1 : 1 ratio of electronic : jazz in favor of 1 : 1, electronic : space adventure.
  12. May 18, 2012
    63
    Moments of Ufabulum, particularly the middle stretch, are all but impossible for me to remember after a dozen plays.
  13. Under The Radar
    Jul 9, 2012
    60
    While a number of tracks offer a solid melodic thread to grasp,m wade deep enough into Ufabulum and you'll find the sweetness a trap. [Jun 2012, p.160]
  14. Jun 19, 2012
    60
    At 50 minutes, Ufabulum is a little exhausting and monotonous to be declared a masterpiece. But chunks of it are quite brilliant and exciting, so it's better to take it exactly as it is: a Squarepusher record, through and through.
  15. Magnet
    May 30, 2012
    60
    You wonder if he's forgotten how to have, you know, fun. Approach with caution. [No.87 p.61]
  16. May 17, 2012
    60
    Ufabulum won't blow the mind of anyone familiar with his work, but it's a decent entry point for new fans and a very satisfying collection of light-hearted left-field dance music.
  17. May 10, 2012
    60
    A few surprisingly wishy-washy string-synths aside, it is, as always, hugely impressive but disappointingly cold and forbidding.
  18. May 17, 2012
    50
    This is Squarepusher with the best equipment money can buy, pumping his tracks mercilessly until they're all surface and no substance.
  19. May 14, 2012
    50
    Whilst undoubtedly, and commendably, experimental, very few tracks on Ufabulum hit their mark.
  20. May 15, 2012
    40
    Ufabulum is perhaps not a terrible album in any respect, but at the same time it simply is an incredibly boring one.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 30, 2012
    8
    Nice Album, kinda makes me think of what kind of album Aphex Twin would offer us if he made an album of recent times, nice mixture of drum andNice Album, kinda makes me think of what kind of album Aphex Twin would offer us if he made an album of recent times, nice mixture of drum and bass, computer sounds and a nice slice of breakbeat, hopefully more albums of this quality to come from Warp in the future, message to warp get a new Aphex Twin album!, come on you slags! Full Review »
  2. Jun 5, 2012
    7
    Not all that bad, definitely some moments to turn one one, however he doesn't do enough to push the genre or himself for thta matter toNot all that bad, definitely some moments to turn one one, however he doesn't do enough to push the genre or himself for thta matter to warrant enough excitement in this day and age, Still it's a good electronicalogical type album to start with if your're wanting to find more indie type electronic sounds Full Review »