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Aphex Twin


The highly influential Cornish electronica musician Richard James releases his first LP in 13 years

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  1. 10.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Pretty much flawless
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  2. 9.5 |   Paste Magazine

    We’re going to be talking about this album for years to come
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  3. 9.2 |   Earbuddy

    Revealing his genius at transcending genres in creating his own signature sound, and his refusal to settle for one successful format
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  4. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Even if Syro isn’t a radical departure, it’s still a swaggering return, a reminder of just how many varieties of warped sound remain at James’ command—and just how few of his acolytes can touch that versatility
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  5. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Syro demonstrates something never before seen on an Aphex Twin record: temperance. Richard D. James has successfully crafted one of the most stunning records of his career, and he did so by exercising a deft amount of self-control
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  6. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    Will undoubtedly come to be remembered as another masterpiece from possibly the greatest electronic composer to walk the earth
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  7. 9.0 |   FasterLouder

    Syro is actually a great record in and of itself, and it really does stand up to criticism alongside the other records in the Aphex oeuvre. Surely that is more than we could ever have expected
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  8. 9.0 |   The 405

    The beauty of Syro is that every second is impeccable
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  9. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    As much as anything in Aphex Twin’s back catalogue, Syro is an incredibly cohesive, immersive listen
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  10. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    There is craftsmanship here, but its genius lies in letting the raw quality of his sound speak first rather than arranging it into something new
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  11. 9.0 |   Uncut

    A greatest hits, in a way, without the hits. Print edition only

  12. 9.0 |   NME

    Charms and beguiles
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  13. 8.7 |   Pitchfork

    The care and virtuosity with which these tracks were assembled is immediately obvious, but nothing feels difficult; the record’s easy flow despite it all is one of its primary virtues, and there’s something new to uncover with every listen
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  14. 8.5 |   Beardfood

    Imagine maximizing every quality about a song. That's what Syro does
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  15. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    SYRO peaks as Aphex Twin’s most accessible album since his ambient works
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  16. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Delivers in spades for those who crave a funky, ambitious, sonic head-rollicking
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  17. 8.0 |   All Music

    These tracks actually enhance, rather than hinder, one of James' most inviting and enjoyable releases
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  18. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Thick with Seventies jazz-funk nods, it answers Daft Punk's Random Access Memories with future-shock electronics supplanting nostalgic dazzle
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  19. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    It is by turns raw, intricate, and intimate
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  20. 8.0 |   Time Out

    It can feel as though he’s inventing his own scales, notation and dynamic range
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  21. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Utterly engrossing
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  22. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Manages to convey a strong sense of unity and direction despite the effervescent, constantly shifting surface
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  23. 8.0 |   The FT

    Assembled with superb craftsmanship
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  24. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Still bracingly strange in places and never complacent
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  25. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Anyone hoping for radical revolution will not find it here, but a more complicated quiet evolution does seem to be underway
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  26. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Album closer evokes Drukqs‘ ‘Avril 14' with its Satie meets Eno soundscape. It’s a sign that one of the few things we can expect from him is the unexpected
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  27. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Syro stands as a quiet achievement, an un-fussy, humbling, and excellent release
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  28. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Imagine a mirror which distorts not just the reflection, but reality itself, and you have a fair idea of the stunning legacy to which Syro triumphantly belongs
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  29. 8.0 |   State

    Each track is packed with enough character and variety
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  30. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    In truth this is a surprisingly retro return from a king of future music
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  31. 8.0 |   Clash

    Stands up to the amazing hype and comes away not too shabby at all
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  32. 8.0 |   Q

    As mesmerising as ever. Print edition only

  33. 8.0 |   Digital Spy

    If Syro is Aphex Twin's long-awaited return to simply doing what Aphex Twin does, then what Aphex Twin does is still infinitely smarter, surprising and more diverse than most
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  34. 8.0 |   DIY

    ‘Syro’ still delves into the nagging, tense electronica of ‘Drukqs’ - beats still gnaw at the conscience and refuse to settle - only this time the producer’s using, y’know, actual robots to play drums
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  35. 8.0 |   The List

    Syro doesn’t have a ‘Windowlicker’, but it still works beautifully because of its cocoon-like feeling of security and assurance, like a welcome mat into the mind of an enigmatic and bewitching musical talent
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  36. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Syro is proof that he is still very much the king of his own tangled domain
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  37. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    This record never puts Aphex Twin's legacy into question, yet it may ponder his continuing relevance
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  38. 6.0 |   Mojo

    What's missing is that impish, dangerous side, the famous contorted grin and all that it suggests. Print edition only

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