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I spent years chasing the sound. I purchased every Aphex Twin album I could get my hands on, tore into a world of experimental sound that I hadn't even known existed. In the years since then and now, I have found (and continue to find) a wonderful, vast stage of sonic exploration. I have been everywhere from Merzbow's exploding aeroplanes to the lowercase sound of barely audible whistling kettles and 16khz frequencies -- but I have yet to find anything even remotely on the same level of raw emotional power that Selected Ambient Works 2 has somehow bottled up and caged like some wild beast in a slumber.
Where will this take you? Well, that is why it is so potent. It will take you as deep as you mentally and emotionally can. For some, this will be a spiritual experience, for others, a cold terror, or a stolen tear. Others still might find all of the above and more. Do not expect anything, and for goodness sakes do not expect a miracle. At best, you'll get a nightmare.
There is nothing resembling a beat. Nor song structure. Nor anything you've heard before....
I've read that James put together this album as something of a joke on critics and people who thought that the first volume of this was as minimalist as things some. Together with Autechre's Tri Repeatae++, this is the most inhuman music that I've ever heard. It is out of this world different, and that is a good thing.
You want to dance to this, you'd better have some good... This is chill out, meditational, semi-holy music good for periods of lucidity. Its like rocks talking to you, it is like a space probe from genius coming down to Indiana....
it takes time. Don't buy this if you're not going to give it a chance, don't buy it if you're not willing to let it settle. YOU WILL HAVE WASTED YOUR MONEY! If all of these conditions are fulfilled, get used to it and let yourself fall half asleep. It will change you.
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I was purging discs to pay off my bills, and the guy I was married to took it for himself. Should have taken this back when he served me with a divorce. Read morePublished 4 months ago by K
Some of the best ambient songs I've ever heard are on this album. I love it and recommend it to all.Published 4 months ago by David Gomez
I can't say enough about this record, as it is my favorite of all time, but I'll keep it brief. There is no better sonic painting of the various dreamscapes one encounters than... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Andrew G.
Music is such a subjective thing. I like this album. No singing and junk on it. Just good ambient by this fellow. If you like Aphex Twin, then you'll like this. Read morePublished 7 months ago by K. Lyman
I give this all the stars! This album is amazing and I have the best dreams when I listen to it to fall asleep.Published 9 months ago by Mrs.RedBeard
Right from the start, Selected Ambient Works Volume 2 is a strange, challenging listen. Richard D. James has never had qualms about straying from the norms of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Friendly Violence