Squarepusher
Hard Normal Daddy


3.5
great

Review

by Zebra USER (177 Reviews)
July 25th, 2007 | 43 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


Living in the shadows of well acclaimed electronica artists such as Venetian Snares and Aphex Twin it’s easy to forget Tom Jenkinson, also known as Squarepusher. It’s safe to say that Jenkinson isn’t as crazy as the two psychotics listed above but he’s able makes up for it with his own unique take on IDM. Instead of constantly cramming clicks and bleeps into his songs he adds funk laiden guitar riffs, cheery keyboard sounds, and a heavy dose of danceable breakbeats. It’s easy to compare Squarepusher to Aphex Twin or Venetian Snares because all of these artists have an extremely “beat” oriented sound however Jenkinsons music possesses a much more subdued and chilled out atmosphere.

Hard Normal Daddy encompasses a spacey, video-game type of sound. The opening track “Coopers World” is entirely composed of swift beats, jumpy keyboard grooves and Funkadelic-esque guitar lines. This type of sound is prominent throughout the whole album, the following track ”Beep Street” makes the listener feel as if he’s riding on a hot air balloon in outer space. The mixture of smooth beats and goofy sound effects fuse together to make an upbeat and cheery sound. This is the theme throughout the majority of the album,. Jenkinson lays out warped, psychedelic keyboard/guitar sounds and then adds smooth yet quick paced beats over it. In result Squarepusher is able to reach an uncommon sound where his music is sublime yet compelling at the same time.

The main problem with Hard Normal Daddy is when Jenkinson tries to aim for a more harsh, beat savvy sound. ”Chin Hippy” is a prime example as it is only made up of spazzy, inconsistent beats with absolutely no keyboard or guitar effects. While it sounds like it was produced by DJ Shadow on crack ”Chin Hippy” is a complete mess without any redeeming qualities. The same can be said for ”Vic Acid” and ”Anirog D9", instead of doing what he does best Jenkinson creates songs entirely composed of beats and in result it just sound like a complete cluster***.

In the end Hard Normal Daddy is wicked mixture of spacey keyboards and laid-back beats. When he’s on his game Jenkinson can create the most bizarre, trippy atmospheres with fleeting synthesizer tones and bluesy guitar riffs. Countless electronic acts fail as they try to cram in several clicks and beats into one song, Jenkinson falls victim to this on a couple of tracks but makes up for it with his innovative “UFO’s flying through outer-space” type of sound.



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FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
July 25th 2007


2806 Comments


I have Go Plastic, it's pretty mediocre though.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
July 25th 2007


3145 Comments


I lovelovelove Ultravisitor ("Iambic 9 Poetry" is amazing), but I haven't heard anything else from his discography. Great review, dude.

Zmev
July 25th 2007


983 Comments


Tommib is all I've heard from him, but its good.

Skyler
July 25th 2007


1084 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is considered to be Squarepusher's masterpiece, and his most accessible work. It can still pretty difficult to listen to though.

blackmilk
July 26th 2007


583 Comments


The problem with your reviews is that you usually describe the whole album in one or two paragraphs. It renders the remaining parts useless, as they usually restate what was said earlier in the review.

sgrevs
July 26th 2007


698 Comments


I haven't heard much Squarepusher, but what I've heard I like, and the video for Come On My Selector is incredible. He's a pretty sick bassist as well.

Apocalyptic Raids
July 26th 2007


810 Comments


sounds like something I might enjoy

AlienEater
July 27th 2007


716 Comments


he has mad bass skills

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 28th 2007


4947 Comments


My friend was talking about squarepusher the other day and said that I would like them, they sound promising from what you and others say.This Message Edited On 07.27.07

Meatplow
October 4th 2009


5524 Comments


Vic Acid is my favourite track off here.

Slipping Away
December 12th 2010


1260 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like

Andre3000
January 16th 2011


62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album is freakin' amazing, certainly his best. love cooper's world and papalon.

clercqie
May 17th 2011


6521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Indeed his best work. And Chin Chippy is epic!

jefflebowski
September 25th 2011


8573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album rules so much. He's a god of the bass too

KILL
March 19th 2012


81233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fuckin great

jefflebowski
March 19th 2012


8573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuckin' A KILL

mindleviticus
May 30th 2012


9590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

squarepusher at his finest ;)

jefflebowski
May 31st 2012


8573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

after ultravisitor and music is rotted one note, sure

XGX
March 30th 2013


162 Comments


fucking sweet

tommygun
September 23rd 2013


26847 Comments


WHOA THIS RULES



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