Ultravisitor - Squarepusher

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. The middle of the album is as hard-edged and relentless as anything of Squarepusher's, if not more.
  2. Repeated listens propel it towards sounding like his best yet.
  3. Ultravisitor appears to be the first album when jazz can completely mesh with Squarepusher’s canonized style.
  4. 80
    As wilfully indulgent as it is breathtakingly advanced. [Apr 2004, p.101]
  5. 80
    This is like saddling up with a fearless, interdimensional astronaut; fasten your seat belts.
  6. 80
    Fans may consider it his best yet. Others, especially the unexposed, may decide the record is a cruel form of torture. [#6, p.87]
  7. In some ways, Ultravisitor is the only Squarepusher album you need to know about. It contains instances of every idea, texture or beat he's presented until now, and unlike recent releases Do You Know Squarepusher or Go Plastic, little of it sounds stale.
  8. It's hard to underestimate how big and strange some of this massive album is.
  9. 70
    Edgy, ear-splitting, bonkers, bizarre and, in parts, astounding. [Mar 2004, p.104]
  10. Another complex, atmospheric set. [Apr 2004, p.120]
  11. The stylistic seesaw between hyperactivity and placidity is almost too much to bear -- and will surely frighten the pets -- but that may be the point.
  12. While Ultravisitor is still a great listen, it's going to be hard for any picky fan not to feel a little peeved by some of the glaringly abundant derivations from earlier work.
  13. Though it might be a difficult listen in spots (especially for the rave-ier set), the disc definitely shows Jenkinson stretching his musical limbs, and it's a fascinating sight.
  14. His most overtly musical album since 1998's jazz-fusion exercise Music Is Rotted One Note, Ultravisitor serves as the best-yet summation of his various dangling threads: manic beat mashes, electric fusion strolls, impudent pile-ups of electronic collage and prog-rock reach. [17 Mar 2004]
  15. Ultravisitor feels like another work in progress, another messy, powerful, occasionally remarkable, sometimes infuriating attempt to create a true, detailed, authentically multifaceted musical autobiography. [#241, p.52]
  16. 67
    80 minutes of dank, chopped-up percussion and blitzed hard-drive scree. [Apr 2004, p.94]
  17. Excise these less-than-enthralling moments and the forty-nine remaining minutes of Ultravisitor are satisfying.
  18. 60
    Since 1995, Jenkinson's been treating his laptop the way death-metal bands treat their guitars, and it's no longer radical, just annoying. [Apr 2004, p.136]
  19. There's enough patented 'Pusher weirdness here to tingle your noggin. [Apr 2004, p.100]
  20. Infuriates as often as it delights.
  21. A difficult, flawed record that’s predictably too long, making the highs all the more rewarding.

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