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  • Summary: The latest release for electronic producer Richard D. James as Aphex Twin is a five-track EP.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 91
    Collapse is another entry in a remarkable run of work that Aphex Twin has been releasing since his return from a long and clearly necessary hiatus. It may feel like he is on cruise control a bit, but James’ coasting is any other artist’s magnum opus.
  2. Sep 17, 2018
    81
    There have been times in James’ career when his knowing smirk threatened to eclipse the music. But here he’s obviously having a genuine blast, and his joy is infectious.
  3. 80
    Unlikely to sway anyone not already on board with Richard D. James’ weirdo-funk, Collapse is nevertheless a brilliant, warped addition to a canon like no other.
  4. Sep 13, 2018
    80
    Collapse ends up being one of Aphex's stronger post-2000 releases.
  5. The Wire
    Sep 21, 2018
    80
    Like most Aphex Twin releases Collapse contains moments of queasy brilliance. [Oct 2018, p.48]
  6. Sep 17, 2018
    75
    Title aside, Collapse affirms the stability of the Aphex Twin name.
  7. Sep 13, 2018
    70
    For a once-hermetic artist, James's recent output has trended toward greater accessibility, but even by that measure, Collapse's biggest surprise lies in how warm and inviting it all is.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Nov 8, 2018
    9
    This ep is very good. This is the consensus, and most people agree with it, other than for the one person who gave it a 2. Syro, which was notThis ep is very good. This is the consensus, and most people agree with it, other than for the one person who gave it a 2. Syro, which was not produced in the 2000s, is a completely different style from this release. This one is more aggressive, and if reminiscent of anything, it sounds like a more polished version of the RDJ album (Aphex Twin’s best release in my opinion), which makes sense, considering it was released this year (2018). Aphex Twin isn’t back, he never left.
  2. Sep 20, 2018
    7
    I like the textures of sound in each track, but they all sound fairly similar...
  3. Oct 2, 2018
    2
    Not only does 'Collapse' shamelessly rip off (and misunderstand) the younger IDM artists he resents so much in his fast-approaching old age -Not only does 'Collapse' shamelessly rip off (and misunderstand) the younger IDM artists he resents so much in his fast-approaching old age - but it's devoid of any creativity. All of the so-called complexity going on here is faux, half-baked and will leave any true fan feeling bored and even angry. Richard D. James is years past his best. He is desperately trying to cover as many new styles as he can before he retires. Only then, will he fool everyone into believing he influenced everything. I cannot believe what a drop in quality this is from Syro, which was clearly produced back in the mid to late 2000s. The man has lost it.

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