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I Care Because You Do

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Double vinyl LP repressing of this 1995 album. I Care Because You Do is the third studio album Richard D. James recorded under the Aphex Twin moniker and marks the end of his initial analog era. It s also the crowning achievement in the Aphex Twin canon. Veering from his previous acid house, ambient and general techno undertakings, James builds compositions out of lengthy and intricate drum machine loops, elaborately layered analog synths and intermittent string pieces. The final product comes off like a Replicant dance-party. I Care Because You Do s equal infatuation with hip-hop rhythms and melodic counterpoint provides an effective bridge between his pioneering early releases and the cunning explorations of his later work. As much as the front cover self-portrait captures a snapshot of the artist s own image, the music inside provides a glimpse of an artist on the cusp of an invigorating new period of sound experimentation, but still producing his unique blend of melancholy and aggression at an elite level.

1. Acrid Avid Jam Shred
2. The Waxen Pith
3. Wax The Nip
4. Icct Hedral (Edit)
5. Ventolin (Video Version)
6. Come On You Slags!
7. Start As You Mean To Go On
8. Wet Tip Hen Ax
9. Mookid
10. Alberto Balsalm
11. Cow Cud Is A Twin
12. Next Heap With

Product Details

  • Vinyl (September 18, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B008RZ0KW8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,500 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1998
Format: Audio CD
One of the greatest things about Richard James is the way he constantly changes musical styles, constantly expands what he and what others consider music. This was the first full length piece I heard from him, and I instantly became an avid follower. The pieces here, especially if you are new to electronic music, go back and forth between the familiar and the alien, even in the same song. But trust me, once you listen to it a few times, you'll want to do so continuously, over and over again, because for some reason the music doesn't grow tired-sounding.
This is not to say that the music doesn't take a little getting used to. Ventolin is the perfect example, because it has this high-pitched noise going throught the song. I first just fast-forwarded it every time. Then I started listening to it, when no one else was around because I thought they might tell me to turn it off. Finally, Ventolin's noise just made sense.
Some of the songs make you want to dance. Some have so fast and amorphous rhythms that you'd have to be a computer to dance to them. Some are truly hauntingly beautiful, especially when he pulls out the strings. All of them delight. Buy it. You won't regret it.
One last note: do any of the song titles seem like anagrams of a sort, say of Aphex Twin?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jack Baur on October 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If I had known how good this was, I would have bought it ages ago. I used to be afraid of Aphex Twin, I didn't like it when things mades my head hurt, when I could tangibly feel sounds moving around in my skull, when I didn't want my ideas of beauty, form, MUSIC challenged by the things I listened to. How we shed our childish ways.
This is an incredible album (and I only just bought it, have only heard four tracks. If it ended now I would be perfectly happy, but it keeps going!!!!!) I am astounded at the complexity of this work, the beauty of these alien sounds. I can't wait for this to keep going, I can't wait to explore this album. Being a big IDM fan, I have a lot of freaky CDs, but the joy of what I'm hearin right now, the newness of every beat is rare indeed. I feel excited, lucky to be where I'm at, hearing this for the first time. You probably will be too.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JLS on July 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album is the crowning acheivement in Richard D. James' repitoire. Even though it doesn't have the extremely intricate and complex drumwork of his later albums, this album truly lets his genious shine through. This album is what dancable dreams sound like. This is what a nightmare invading a delicate plain of gazelle sounds like. This album shows what falling in love and breaking up sounds like. It is provides its listeners the pure ecstacy experienced from a first kiss, and the madness harnessed from a first breakup. On this album, Richard D. James has truly taken every emotion there is to be felt, every experience there is to be had and processed them into a form of beautiful dance music that frightens you. It truly is a superb masterpeice in any sense of the word. Not only does this album stand at the height of artistic acheivement and emotional values, it also has a very pop-oriented quality about it by providing melodies that can be hummed throughout a semi-tragic casual friday.
Unfortunately, there are many people that cannot handle the intense experience that is I Care Because You Do. Many people can only percieve noise or at the best, cheap distorted dance music. For the people that percieve this album in this way, I envy you, for you obviously have become perfectly content in every aspect of life and have no further need to be challenged and have no reason to let your emotions grasp to anything of this nature. Again, I envy you. Even with as much as I support and praise this album, there is no possible way for me to fully explain how it can affect you, for I do not know what type of people most of you are. So please listen to some samples. Discover if you are one of the lucky, or one of the people that are still trying to find themselves.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 14, 2006
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This may not be Aphex Twin's best album, but it is probably his most complete, incorporating virtually every facet of Richard D. James' musical personality. This is guaranteed to be some of the most unique, haunting and intriguing work you will ever hear.

It begins with Acrid Avid Jam Shred, probably the most straightforward piece on the album, beginning with halting percussion and slowly building into a strangely majestic yet playful jam, only to fall back onto the driving percussion and U-turn in a completely different direction. Then the listener is dropped into the squelchy, rubbery bass of The Waxen Pith, which sounds like the inside of a honeycomb or a plant's stem. It's a tad tedious, but certainly has an interesting blend of instruments. Wax The Nip feels like a precursor to some of Aphex's harder IDM to come, with rushing drums underscoring childlike wonderment embodied in joyous, choral synths. It sounds like skydiving over waterfalls, then landing on your feet and running through green fields.

Icct Hedral (Edit) is a journey into the heart of an ancient temple housing some item of unspeakable evil, while all the while something is clawing further and further into your brain. Headphones are a must. Ventolin is near impossible to listen to, it's so painful - you get the feeling that Aphex is having a bit of a larf at our expense, since the song behind the shrill, obnoxious high frequencies is really cool. Come on you Slags! is no balm on the ears either, with chaotic screechy synths blaring over an obnoxious valley girl conversation which fades in and out of coherence. Yet no matter how difficult these three are to listen to, their genius is undeniable.
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