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  • Audio CD (June 23, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B00292SQNA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,786 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. ambivalence avenue
2. jealous of roses
3. all the flowers
4. fire ant
5. haikuesque (when she laughs)
6. sugarette
7. lovers' carvings
8. abrasion
9. s'vive
10. the palm of your wave
11. cry! baby!
12. dwrcan

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WARP RECORDS new signing BIBIO (aka Stephen Wilkinson) is a home grown purveyor of bright, colourful Summer music. He's been described as "the antidote to the modern laptopia of pristine electronic music" by Marcus Eoin of label mates BOARDS OF CANADA. A

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It is so far my favorite release of 2009.
CMH
This is a diverse collection of well-crafted electro-acoustic pieces with very infectious rhythms.
Warren Thorpe
It does have those elements but a little something extra that makes it more unique I think.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Butler on June 28, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Bibio's Ambivalence Avenue is one of those CDs you have to listen to a few times to really pick up, unlike some releases like Squarepusher's "Hello Everything" and most of what Boards of Canada releases. However, likewise you become very hooked on it in a short period of time.

It starts off with a track I had received a preview of weeks before (The title track) and I was a bit staggered to hear the use of guitars with wah pedals on the next track. There are high points in each track but you have to really let the songs progress to have them show through, which is not something I necessarily enjoy with most music but it is implemented well here, and it has a very good flow to it. I've yet to really grasp a lot of the songs but the album is still a fantastic listen overall.

Although I really got into Bibio through his ambient acoustic sounds, this album is really great. I'd recommend it to any fan of Chris Clark, FlyLo or J Dilla, though this is definitely not the place to look if you want ambient guitar vignettes--I'd definitely check Bibio's previous three albums first.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CMH on August 1, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This album was entirely unexpected less than half a year after "Vignetting the Compost" but more to the point its content took me completely by surprise. Gone is most of the ambient lo fi acoustic noodling that let you drift off. This stuff has a beat, some harsh 8 bit moments, definitely the use of an MPC and some groove. I love it. It is so far my favorite release of 2009. (I had extremely high hopes for I Monster's second release but it didn't quite wow me like the first)

Some aren't going to be pleased with this direction but I like his sound experimentation and there is still plenty of acoustic beauty on this album. Clear stand outs are Haikuesque and the palm of your wave. But the j dilla moments on Sugarette and Fire Ant are just awesome, gritty and satisfying. S'vive is pretty fun as well.

I like old Bibio but I welcome the new experimentation. He isn't breaking new ground here but he is really putting his own stamp on it and man does it work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. goodey on October 26, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Even though this album is on Warp it is not some kind of experimental electronica album as many have stated. It is beautifully mellow and folky in feel even though its created using synths and found sounds. I used to listen to it in my car cruising around LA and it really fitted the laid back environment, while not losing any of that quirky and charming Englishness. I simply don't understand why he's not more popular and have to say this is one of my favorite contemporary albums of the last five years (and i listen to a lot of music)
I think any fan of Nick drake would appreciate this album along with any fan of Boards of Canada.
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By vedderoh1 on September 15, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Real progress is often subtle. Stephen Wilkinson a.k.a. Bibio delivered an EP and an LP in less than a year and now, merely five months later, gives us a record that may be the crystallization of a vision so blurred and so genial at the same time.

Bibio has taken a chance and broaden in every direction to include pop and folk structures mixed with his trademark lo-fi and ethereal compositions. S'Vive is the clearest example of where he's headed as he perfects subtlety: it shows his obsession with sound wear and dirty noise all encased in a pop melody, likable yet daring.
All the flowers bears an irrepressible resemblance to Boards of Canada, but the step beyond he takes in Fire Ant shatters all comparisons at once.

A surprising improvement is the singing. He can truly sing and does it in a way that not only complements the music but also leads inserting cadence when needed and disruption when demanded. More robust with confidence he now makes a simple piece soar with indelible beauty.

There is not a straight line like in the folk-inspired Vignetting the compost but the permanent mutation of aesthetics is more than welcome. The entire album digests as a piece of candy, impossible not to like. The variety and convergence of genres in one place, or along many in little spurts, made me come back for pleasant discoveries each time.

The clear achievement in this record is the level of experimentation Wilkinson has mastered, more with urban and electronic sounds than with created atmospheres. What was stripped in Vignetting the compost has been dressed in a fine layer of refined and seemingly carefully composed arrangement that leaves lots to the imagination but much more to the listener's enjoyment.
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This is a diverse collection of well-crafted electro-acoustic pieces with very infectious rhythms. There are many toe-tappers here, and although I wouldn't describe this as dance music, there are several tracks that will make you wanna jump up and shake your booty. One of the best albums I've purchased in a while. For more, read the review on Pitchfork.
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