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  • Audio CD (March 9, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B0001E70BM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,493 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ultravisitor
2. I Fulcrum
3. Iambic 9 Poetry
4. Andrei
5. 50 Cycles
6. Menelec
7. C-Town Smash
8. Steinbolt
9. An Arched Pathway
10. Telluric Piece
11. District Line II
12. Circlewave
13. Tetra-Sync
14. Tommib Help Buss
15. Every Day I Love

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It's a beautifully executed mesh of live and programmed drums, mind-numbing bass playing and beautiful melodies to boot.
Not a mini-album or an experiment, Ultravisitor showcases Squarepusher's wide aray of sounds, (his technical skill and free flow jams) very well.
Like all of his releases it will be disappointing to some of his fans - cause it refuses to play by the rules and expectations.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Max on March 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ever since 1998's Music is Rotted One Note, it has always seemed that Tom Jenkinson never really managed to find a middle ground for his hardcore techno musings and his softer, freeform jazz musings. After having released the quite mixed Go Plastic and Do You Know Squarepusher, it seems like Squarepusher finally managed to find that longly-seeked middle ground that mixes both dominating elements of Squarepusher's style without having it sounding out of place and whilst still managing to surprise us with entirely new directions as well.
Ultravisitor is a collection of every single aspect of Squarepusher's music, ranging from manic drill and bass compositions to jazzier, more musically oriented numbers as well. In the complete overall feel, his compositions have gotten to a more mature and sophisticated level as well. The title track, Ultravisitor, pretty much shows out what I'm talking about. It's an epic, futuristic and delightful electro-pop tune mixed up with Squarepusher's signature bleeps and manic snares. Even though it's actually 8 minutes long, it do feels a lot more shorter than that since the track's flow is so excellently crafted.
The complaint I had with Go Plastic and DYKS was the lack of Jenkinson's live bass musings, and fortunately for all of the people who loved airing his bass playing, he finally decided to dust off his bass from the basement with Ultravisitor. He's quite an amazing player indeed, as shown into the extended bass solos being played through I Fulcrum and C-Town Smash. Andrei and Every Day I Love both are complete surprises, them being quiet and gentle classical guitar compositions without involving any digital trickery in the process.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By a_hermit on February 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard Iambic 9 Poetry, it was a life changing experience. For years you search for songs that make you feel, and in electronic music that isn't easy to find... Danceable yes, maybe a few 4 to the floors will do, but they never seem to resonate in your heart the way a singer would. Songs that make you want to express emotion instead of motion. With this listen it pretty much salvaged my hopes for electronic music. Forget about taking it to the next level, we can make any sounds we want now, this is the next dimension. This is Tom Jenkins after he gave himself to his music and was held captive by ultra-unknown melodies and beats.

I dont want to go into every track because this album is just too beautiful to pick apart like that. Some of the tracks are a bit raw and not very meticulous. It's more like a foray to try and break new ground I think. I wouldnt want it any other way, this is how you feel your music, guitars, keyboards, drums, seamlessly blended at times, haphazardly thrown together forced to coexist with each other any other. I think you will be either completely enthralled with this, or...your deaf.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Squarepusher -- Tom Jenkinson -- stares serenely from the cover of "Ultravisitor," as if he's examining whoever is considering buying it. Surprisingly, it doesn't feel weird. Somehow the cover seems appropriate, as Jenkinson seems to have matured musically in the frantic, beautifully mad newest album, and the calm cover reflects it.

The title song kicks off "Ultravisitor" in a whirlwind of mad bleeps, robotic flashes and breakneck percussion. And that's just the first few minutes -- what follows is a mixture of jazzy solos, a delicate guitar melody, and a halting ambient pop melody that seems uncertain of where exactly it's supposed to go.

About one-third through, Jenkinson gets more expansive, creating a mix of sweeping electronic panoramas and robotic vocals in "50 Cycles." It sounds like a compressed cyberpunk movie. Then he strays deeper into sputtering feedback, buzzing tools, and ghostly creaks. Don't expect a robotic, mad climax -- instead, he chooses to end it with a pair of startlingly delicate little instrumentals.

Squarepusher sounds more polished and sure of himself in this release, as if he has a good grip on what he can do best. It's sparse, cold and metallic at times, but is warmed up by the acoustic instrumentals. Those songs are where Jenkinson sounds least sure of himself, but it gives "Ultravisitor" a gentler tone.

Jenkinson is in fine form as he creates apocalyptic hard electronica, sounding like a robot city imploding on itself. But he also indulges in his love of jazz music, and performs songs that are nothing but a hesitant little solo on an acoustic guitar. It's difficult to believe that these songs are all by the same person, or that Jenkinson could do them all so well.

Squarepusher stretches his boundaries in "Ultravisitor," a more mature album that displays all his musical talents. Definitely worth getting.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dan Mohr on October 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I saw Tom Jenkinson play at the Quest nightclub in Minneapolis in March 2004 and it was a life-changing experience. Jenkinson's music creates a confrontational sonic battlefield, with every bit as much ravishing beauty as there is chaos and hostility. We in the audience were members of a war, and we were going to all get through it together with the help of General Jenkinson, and we did (to overwhelmed & ecstatic cheers of the troops I might add). In the glow of the computer consoles, Jenkinson and his mangy, unkempt beard resembled an obsessive 30-year-old faux Stanley Kubrick; but when he picked up his bass and started playing impossibly athletic machine-gun riffs over his gorgeously cascading electronica, you immediately knew you were in the presence of an indisputable musical genius and visionary. That totally uncompromising vision and virtuosity carries over completely to his very latest CD, Ultravisitor (Warp). And it isn't (only) because of Jenkinson's exquisite musical soundscapes, textures, the fearless meshing of d&b with jazz with electronica with assaultive barrages of feedback with peerlessly delicate ambience (finally, the "everything and the kitchen sink" Squarepusher CD has arrived) - it's because Tommy Jenkinson is literally PLAYING HIS @#$% ASS OFF throughout the entire CD, giving full reign to his musical imagination, pushing and stretching the frontiers of what Squarepusher is all about, whilst using all his musical resources to the utmost. Once content to dwell exclusively in the realm of mind-expanding electronica, Jenkinson's music has taken on a more overtly confrontational approach: he now wants to tear his audience's minds to shreds (he told us as much himself at his live shows, screaming at the audience, "let's f***ing have at it!!! Let's smash it to pieces!!!Read more ›
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