Squarepusher
Hello Everything


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jonny Hunter CONTRIBUTOR (103 Reviews)
June 20th, 2011 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not just bleeps and bloops. Jazzy bleeps and bloops.

Jazz... I've never been a fan of jazz. It's surprising then that when it arrives in electronic packaging I accept it so readily. So eagerly. I suppose that this unexpected coupling of the electronic, one of the few styles of music that still retains most of its secrets, with something such as jazz which has just passed it's 100th birthday, offers a striking contrast of the new and the old, yet they work so well together. Or at least Squarepusher manages it...

Of course, it isn't quite as clear cut as this. Squarepusher doesn't simply take jazz and convert it into corresponding bleeps and whirs. Jazz just happens to be the prevailing influence throughout the album. A vast proportion of "Hello Everything" also emanates an 8-bit, space invaders style atmosphere - implanting images of 80s arcades, not least from some of the song names Squarepusher chooses to use such as "Planetarium" and "Theme From Sprite", which adds some complications. On top of this there's the raw energy and enthusiasm that's injected into many of the album's offerings. Take "Welcome To Europe" as an example, it simply does not relax its fast tempo and manic layering. Instead of relying on intermissions and bridges to create energy, Squarepusher achieves the same efect by having the song shift between multiple loops that differ enough to provide variety but not too much as to lose a sense of cohesion. It's a master display of dynamic song writing.

This same variety, same energy and same willingness to not resort to lazy song making is prevalent throughout "Hello Everything". The dark ambiance supplied in "Orient Orange" is a world away from the incredibly catchy "Planetarium". Squarepusher simply does not settle down, though he risked compromising a prevailing sense of "Hello Everything" as a complete album and, to an extent, did allow some of this sense to slip. In any case, the heavy jazz influence and sci-fi tone do wonders to hold the album together, without it I can't help but feeling that "Hello Everything" would become a bit messy.

Being even the slightest bit messy is not something that the album can afford to do. Squarepusher uses a tremendous amount of layering in almost every song on the album. The ability on the listeners' part to be able to search for and explore each track requires the very calculated, very precise kind of structure that is given to us. Squarepusher doesn't borrow from his electronic- brethren by constantly mixing up the drum patterns and bass to keep things varied. The more buried layers (drums, bass etc.) tend to be quite repetitive, leaving space for the more immediately audible synths to constantly change while retaining a strong sense of structure.

"Hello Everything" really is a very good album indeed, albeit just a little patchy in places. It's perfect blend of the old and the new make it a must have for any electronic-nut and well worth a look for anyone else.



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StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
June 20th 2011


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I felt sick when I saw the average rating was 3.5 so I wrote a review.

I may have just been feeling ill though, either way a review came out of it. It any good?

fsharptrit0ne
June 20th 2011


4814 Comments


Why is your closing sentence not just a part of the last paragraph? Nice review. I want to check this out

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
June 20th 2011


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I had a paragraph that was removed for being (even more) crap (than usual). I guess I felt the need to replace it with... something.

vanderb0b
June 20th 2011


3473 Comments


Good review. Never listened to Squarepusher because I heard that their stuff wasn't very interesting; I'll give this a shot, though.

Apollo
June 20th 2011


10307 Comments


love squarepusher

Yotimi
June 20th 2011


6503 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album. I like your summary.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2011


31174 Comments


I felt sick when I saw the average rating was 3.5 so I wrote a review.


I think it's good where it is

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Rev
June 20th 2011


9423 Comments


Modern Bass Guitar > your face

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2011


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I think it's good where it is"

I can see that, but if we're talking the average score taken by people from the internet who hand out 5s like there's no tomorrow, 3.5 isn't too great ):

"Never listened to Squarepusher because I heard that their stuff wasn't very interesting"

*spits out tea*

Zyborggian
August 18th 2011


28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Im a huge metalhead but I think this album is magnificent. Planetarium Really is catchy, and many of the songs groove alot which is a plus. Also I think the samples Tom used on this album are tons better than the samples on Just a Souvenier

jefflebowski
April 21st 2012


8243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

on a big squarepusher kick at the moment

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clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2012


6448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The new one is gonna rule (*enabling psychic powers*)

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jefflebowski
April 21st 2012


8243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hope so, shobaleader was a massive disappointment

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2012


6448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Tbh, I only listen to his more established works (HND, Go Plastic...)

jefflebowski
April 21st 2012


8243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

figures, he can be a bit inconsistent. HND, Souvenir and Ultravisitor are probably my favorites, seeing as i prefer his relatively accessible side



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