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A little shy of great.

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Do You Know Squarepusher is the 2002 album released by Tom Jenkinson (A.k.a Sqaurepusher). This album is usual stuff for Squarepusher himself, mostly electronically produced drum and bass. It is a good album, it does what you expect it to, but perhaps that is the reason I don't think it's a great album. With Squarepusher's skill and an infinite choice of sound available to him, I expected this album to have something unexpected in it. This album is based around the single "Do you Know Sqaurepusher", which was originally released as an untitled single, the year previous. This is a great track for those of us who love something a bit more 'acidy' for want of an appropriate adjective.

The penultimate track, Mutilation Colony is also an amazing song and an epic 11 minutes long. Squarepusher does here what he does best, a journey through varying styles of drum and bass, often dabbling in some jazzy tones that is just a pleasure to sit back and enjoy. Finally the album finishes with a nice touch, in the cover of Joy Divisions 'Love will tear us apart', which is a refreshing take on a cult classic. However I did feel a tinge of disappointment in his choice to cover and already heavily covered single.

In conclusion an interesting album that is a definite, must have for any Squarepusher fan. This is a good album that unfortunately just stops shy of greatness. Some moments can get a bit samey and now and then in the middle tracks, you do get a feeling that old Tom lost his muse along the way, fortunately he gets it all back for the 11 minute Mutilation Colony and overall makes a pleasing and enjoyable piece of drum and bass.

7/10
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Added by GemLil
8 years ago on 2 January 2009 18:58




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