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  • Audio CD (October 28, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B001FY2LCK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,940 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Headphone Commute on September 27, 2008
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With his twelfth album, Tom Jenkinson takes even a further departure from his staple Squarepuher sound of broken beats atop slapped bass and twisted triggers of the Amen Break. Warp's own store, Warpmart, categorizes the album as "Drum and Bass / Breakcore / Electronica", but I assure you, nothing could be further from the truth! (kind of misleading actually). Just A Souvenir is more in the realms of experimental rock and future jazz, with a touch of electronic treatment and a few very tasteful drills, where Jenkinson continues evolving (as a true musician should) in his experimentation with abstract accompaniment of acoustic instruments (mostly his custom built 6 string bass guitar once again) and drums that effortlessly morph between organic and digital. With Just A Souvenir, Jenkinson introduces an element of early garage rock, with vocoder and all, and reminds us once again of his amazing instrumentalist skills. First thing's first - I like it! And after only a few listens, the melodies come back haunting me later during the day. A true sign that I will return to the album! Just A Souvenir opens up with a track titled, Star Time 2 (makes you wonder about its first part) with a fun funky synth/clavichord melody and light beats. From then on Squarepusher moves into improvisational, jazzy, and effected bass slaps over barely comprehensible vocoder blurbs. All of it is truly of psychedelic nature with sparking notes in a kaleidoscope of white, red, green, blue and yellow. On his site, Jenkinson explains that "this album started as a daydream about watching a crazy, beautiful rock band play an ultra-gig." He then goes on describing his fluorescent trip which included an Eskimo on the drums and a classical guitar player that could speed up and slow down the time in his vicinity.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vinnie C. on December 8, 2008
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Just a Souvenir is his punk fusion record, and I'm quite certain that no one has ever sounded like this before. At points, Tom is clearly imbellishing on his bassy jazz sounds of yore (see Feed Me Weird Things and Hard Normal Daddy), but as the record progesses, we find ourselves listening to an alien sound, one that seems to combine the efforts of Einsturzende Neubauten, Kraftwerk, Miles Davis, and Dead Kennedys. The gritty production and deep textures give way to moments of immense beauty, deep and dark jazz, and some of the only electronic music that has ever been suitable for a mosh pit. I won't forget to mention the almost dangerously catchy "A Real Woman", which is a sweet mixture of British snot punk and electrobot drill n' bass. To put it plainly, Jenkinson could have done well to release this album on Mike Patton's Ipecac Label, as it would sit just as well next to a Fantomas release as it would an Autechre release. Just a Souvenir is absolutely worth a purchase to the lovers of Squarepusher and all things experimental. It's not a bad starting point for someone who wants to hear electronic music with the added flavor of live instruments, either. Well done, sir! I can't wait for the new EP due out in January!
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This is a wondeful gem from mr jenkinson and a great example of the range of his artistic exploration.
I find it hilarious and sad when peopl critisize squarepusher for putting out a release that is "much diffwerent from his other works" or "great album just not one of his best" or other one track mind comments such as that.
Squarepusher gived us a solid concept album here that marks his first attempt to materialize this fantasy/dream he has about this futuristis space band that prob is made up of robots due to the creative punkish song that is trck 4. At first is sounds like a overprocessed punk rock song--(who would want to hear that esp from squarepusher-i thought at first then as the song goes on it becomes a classic mainly due to the thematic content.The track then becomes tripped out in it is a clever observation about humans from a robot or android perspective which quickly turns a cheesy approach into something with substance and valid artistic expression.
Track 2 "the coathanger" sound like something a robotic george clinton would of released. It is an eletro funk classic..
His use of the bass guitar is prob he standout feature of this album being that he has it ran therough an interface to sound like a guitar one min then an acoustic funcadellic bass the next.
I am not really a metal or punk fan as i feel that type of music has an age limit that sould not go far beyond highschool but i do love heavy music so the rock sounding tracks are fun for me..
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"Another exercise in powerful artistry and a starting point for Tom Jenkinson's (Squarepusher) move to progressive rock and metal much in the same vein as Ozric Tentacles, Robert Fripp, and King Crimson. In terms of a Radiohead album, for any of those familiar, this would be his Hail to the Thief, a turning point for some new sounds (Kid A) but some familiar too (The Bends), given what he has done on Hello Everything (some hints of what he has done here). Everything here on Souvenir is solid, complex, mathematical, and dynamic in the sound despite what the majority of disappointed critics and fans might tell you, in a way that works a lot like a party album for the ride home. Dancing to such rhythms only creates the ultimate euphoria in your mind and this is much more accessible than Ultravisitor and One Note but not as much as Shobaleader and the recent but slightly tame Ufabulum. Moreover, the experience feels a lot more like if you can just listen to it at a festival and imagine a wild scene from an [adult swim] sketch, then it's all said and done- mixing his familiar jazz route with some funky rock-oriented tunes and spills that seem to play on the Les Claypool's Guide to Everything Strange and Fantastic. In terms of a negative reaction, this one isn't as dynamic or as memorable as Ultravisitor and One Note from experience."

BEST SONGS: The Coathanger (trippy and eclectic at the same time). Delta-V (spaceship sets to sail in this very rocking tune). Star Time 2 (familiar and yet new that makes you dance just like what Hello Meow did on Hello Everything). Most of the jazz interludes.
SIMILAR ALBUMS & ARTISTS: King Crimson- Discipline/Three for a Perfect Pair. Ozric Tentacles (most of their albums especially Pungent Effulgent). Pop Will Eat Itself- Box Frenzy. Super Furry Animals (most of their music). The Flaming Lips- At War with the Mystics.
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