Charles Aaron
April 15, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Selected Ambient Works Volume II

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Sire, Warner Bros.
genre
Experimental

We gave it a C

Richard James, a.k.a. Aphex Twin, remains one of the most inventive figures on the techno- electronic scene, but he’s also an egoist who never knows when to edit his lush, formless soundscapes. At its best, this double CD, Selected Ambient Works Volume II, is an avant-garde score in search of a postapocalyptic theater piece, a la Philip Glass. More often, it’s chamber music for humorless cyber-nerds (or the Styx basement tapes we never wanted to hear). C

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