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  • Summary: The experimental electronica duo of Rob Brown and Sean Booth return with eight new tracks.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. With Untilted, it's apparent that Autechre are still on top of their game.
  2. However, despite all the smarty-pants ideas, let's be clear on one thing. You FEEL this on a GUT level, because 'Untilted' packs a punch that rips through your speakers.
  3. 80
    Unlike their many imitators, Autechre's music refuses to relax, ensuring them a longer radioactive half-life. [May 2005, p.106]
  4. Untilted lives up to its title, finding Booth and Brown unbowed in their belief that clinical repetition and street-smart hip-hop beats can coexist in the universe. But it’s a big universe, and there are times when locking onto the exact coordinates Autechre’s transmitting from can be a long, cold and lonely chore.
  5. Since barreling into parts unknown, the further advances made by Sean Booth and Rob Brown have been subtle at best, and the most intriguing sounding bits of their eighth album, "Untilted," usually arrive in the midst of something more familiar.
  6. As mechanised as their rhythmic focus can be, there is flesh, bone, and brain beneath the near industrial barrage of beats.
  7. So listener-unfriendly that it's almost amusing. [16 Apr 2005, p.51]

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  1. TodD
    May 2, 2005
    10
    As good as anything else they've done. It sounds good, its exciting, its funny, its sad. Music!
  2. AdamX
    Apr 20, 2005
    10
    Stunning. Autechre back to form at last and not without rewriting the electronica rulebook as well. The perfect compromise between Confield Stunning. Autechre back to form at last and not without rewriting the electronica rulebook as well. The perfect compromise between Confield and Tri Repetae... Expand
  3. BMR
    Apr 27, 2005
    9
    This album proves that its impossible to please everyone. I like it, but I'm not really concerned with Autechre's creative This album proves that its impossible to please everyone. I like it, but I'm not really concerned with Autechre's creative "forward" momentum. Perhaps this is Autechre's neo-classicist album. Ah whatever, just listen to the music and leave the commentary to the critics. Expand
  4. TerryS
    Sep 27, 2006
    9
    From beginning to end, just the sort of album to blow away any doubts that the nonbelievers would have about autechre. Alot of people seem From beginning to end, just the sort of album to blow away any doubts that the nonbelievers would have about autechre. Alot of people seem keen on bringing up Confield as comparison to anything that ae have done, when really Confield is only comparable to itself. Everything is ALWAYS new. Even when old ideas are reinterpreted, they can only come out more twisted than the original concept. This album just kicks an insane amount of ass without an apology. Expand
  5. AramisG
    Apr 20, 2005
    8
    I don't use the word genius when describing pop (like it or not the IDM sub genre falls within the "pop" music genre). Having said that, I don't use the word genius when describing pop (like it or not the IDM sub genre falls within the "pop" music genre). Having said that, what Autechre is now, is about as far away from typical pop music as you get while still having itself rooted in pop traditions (repetitive beats, melodies, etc.). Basically Untilted is a morass of layered fluctuating beats that usually give way to or mask a simple melody. Autechre's beats bind them and prevent them from ever really drifting into abstraction. Instead all of the songs tend to "morph" into something pretty different than what they were previously. Conceptually, this isn't anything new for Autechre given that they have been leaning in this direction since the early 90s. If you want to objectively be critical about Untilted (in terms of what Autechre has been doing), basically it is less drone-like than Confield and more cohesive than Draft 7.30. They seem to be honing their musical direction and it is allowing them to have more of a cohesive range with "their sound". Personally I find Untilted to be very enjoyable. LCC, Pro Radii and Sublimit are highlights for me. Pro Radii has an especially beautiful melody and sounds strangely like a hommage to Skinny Puppy. I don't know if I will ultimately like it as much as I did Confield. It really depends on how much personal time I will be able to allocate to focused listening. Expand
  6. zami
    Jul 23, 2005
    8
    A wall of sound that ricochets off the insides of your mind leaving crater marks to marvel over. Untilted is unforgettable, unbelievable and A wall of sound that ricochets off the insides of your mind leaving crater marks to marvel over. Untilted is unforgettable, unbelievable and simply unreal!!! Expand