Aphex Twin
Come To Daddy


3.5
great

Review

by Holland, 1945. USER (13 Reviews)
September 19th, 2005 | 54 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


"Come to Daddy came about while I was just hanging around my house, getting pissed and doing this crappy death metal jingle. Then it got marketed, and a video was made, and this little idea that I had, which was a joke, turned into something huge. It wasn't right at all."

When I think of Richard D. James, the mastermind behind one of the most influential and important modern electronic acts, I think of what you would call insanity. Photos of him never prove wrong either, as he tends to look like a lunatic on the brink of... sanity? He creates and experiments with synthesizers and computers, one of the first artists to do so constantly. Yet, while his music is primarily electronic, it all the while retains a mystical, musical feel to it...

That was a load of bull***, just so you know.

Most of the songs on Come On Daddy are frighteningly creepy songs, ones that would frighten you if you happened to hear them echoing through a lonely, dark forest as you try to escape the grasp of a murderer. "Come to Daddy (Pappy Mix)" is the best representation of this, with swirling noise and distorted screaming of "I want your soul/I will eat your soul" and "Come to daddy". The song is a chilling, industrial freak-out that would scare even the bravest of souls if they found themselves in such a horrendous situation as I have previously described. It, like many other songs on Come to Daddy, is full of complex polyrhythms and odd samples of whatever this disturbed man deems fit for what can be chilling, cold music. This is not to say that this album is all an industrial acid-washed freakout. Actually, there are quite a few tracks that feature gentle melodies and quite a bit softer beats than on the (somewhat) title track. "Flim" is a great example of this, with a beautiful piano loop that ruins throughout, along with the semi-usualy Aphex Twin beats that one may come to expect.

The other installments in the "Come to Daddy" series are very different than what most people assume as the title track of the album. Interesting enough (lies!), "Come on Daddy (Little Lord Faulteroy Remix)" contains the funniest samples on the album, with a high-pitched voice singing "ooh you dirty, dirty boy" with the typical techno/trip-hop music going on in the backround. The rest of the album, though, isn't very interesting. Yes, I said it, Aphex Twin have made music that isn't really that great. Besides a few odd beats and samples, the rest of Come on Daddy is a boring, drudging piece of electronica. At times, it becomes abrasive, making it even harder to listen to than it was before. Soon enough, the eletronic noises become sterile and cold, completely lifeless. This is exactly what the second half of the album is, besides the wonderful "IZ-US," another keyboard-washed, complex-beat song. Though most of the songs run along the same "formula," there is a good amount of variety to keep oneself interest for a good period of time.

It's best just to zone out, anyway.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Jawaharal
September 19th 2005


1832 Comments


Aphex twin is da shit

Killtacular
September 19th 2005


1314 Comments


Title track's pretty good. Haven't heard much else, though.

You do good review. Good review get thumb.

:thumb:

Zebra
Moderator
September 19th 2005


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Aphex Twin is awesome, and so was your review.

I think that this EP deserves at least a 3.5/5 or maybe even a 4/5.This Message Edited On 09.19.05This Message Edited On 09.19.05

ocelot-05
September 19th 2005


807 Comments


I'm going to try to check it out, even though you gave it a 3. Aphex Twin is brilliant, and its nice to see other people who appreciate him.

Lemon8
September 20th 2005


39 Comments


I like Aphex Twin.

A lot of his songs mix the perfect and beautiful with the chaotic and ugly.

If this sounds impossible, listen to a sampling of his work. :D you'll understand.

Zebra
Moderator
September 20th 2005


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Aphex Twin is amazing in so many ways, but in a few other ways they really piss me off.

Killtacular
September 20th 2005


1314 Comments


He*

Rudd13
September 20th 2005


952 Comments


Mhhmm. Im intrigued.

Scruples, explain.

Killtacular
September 20th 2005


1314 Comments


Much like Nine Inch Nails, Aphex Twin is one person.

Rudd13
September 20th 2005


952 Comments


......

Haha, I guess theres not much to it then.

Thanks.This Message Edited On 09.20.05

Scott Herren
September 21st 2005


192 Comments


"Come to Daddy" doesn't do it for me, although the video for it is pretty sweet.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
September 21st 2005


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ya, I'm with Scott on this one. I don't like this album very much. I feel that James has a knack for either really beautiful breakbeat songs, or really dark, dissonant ambient songs. Not dark, goofy breakbeat. The song "Flim" is great though.

Neoteric
September 25th 2005


3243 Comments


Title track is awesome.

Jawaharal
December 19th 2005


1832 Comments


I WILL EAT YOUR SOUL

Great E.P.

Werny
December 30th 2005


148 Comments


I agree about it kinda dropping out in the middle, but it's still an awesome EP. And excellent review!

Neoteric
December 30th 2005


3243 Comments


question: Did Aphex Twin make a music video with Rubber Johnny in it?

ocelot-05
February 20th 2006


807 Comments


Answer: Yes. The Rubber Johnny video released on the internet was made by Aphex Twin, and features one of his songs from Drukqs.

NEDM
February 20th 2006


1113 Comments


The Rubber Johnny video was originally made to market/advertize the new album, "Drukqs".

Shadowed Reflection
October 30th 2007


274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love the cover of this album. It marks me laugh.

Shadowed Reflection
May 24th 2008


274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You fail.
If you think this EP is dreary then you would not like of his other stuff let me tell you. I bet you bought it thinking you'd be getting an entire 8-tracks of industrial music, but you were WRONG. Go on, admit it.



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