Selected Ambient Works Volume II
- Current Status
- In Season
- Sire, Warner Bros.
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