Selected Ambient Works 85-92

Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
1992 Ratings: #14 / 363
User Score
1992 Ratings: #3
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

One of the indisputable classics of electronica, and a defining document for ambient music in particular, Selected Ambient Works 85-92 is Richard D. James' earliest and most fully realized achievement.

100
Sputnikmusic
This is the defining album of Ambient music.
100
Record Collector
Like the greatest electronic dance music, it hasn’t dated at all.
94
Pitchfork

Listening to Selected Ambient Works 85-92, one can’t help but imagine the seeds being planted in the imaginations of the lucky few who were there when it all began.

80
Rolling Stone

The music matters more than any of that, because with Selected 85-92, Aphex Twin expanded way beyond the ambient music of Brian Eno by fusing lush soundscapes with oceanic beats and bass lines.

80
Slant Magazine
Richard D. James created a collection of minimalist house more refined than anything that has come before or after.
BradTasteMusic
96

First experience with Aphex Twin. Ran across this on accident. I’m halfway into it, and I am blown away with the sound palette of this album. This thing has the absolute best fucking sounds bro. The sine bass, the spaced out drums.... it is just unreal

Aight finished it. Immediately replaying it. Issa fucking masterpiece

Tristan
80

In celebration of this legendary album finally hitting 1,000 ratings on AOTY, I decided to try and write a review for it. Now, as I'm sure many of you are aware, it can be a bit difficult to write reviews on albums that are incredibly critically acclaimed and renowned around the world. Often times it takes a lot more thought and energy than rating lesser-known records. Anyway, what I'm getting at is that I've always viewed reviews of critically acclaimed records (such as this) as being a bit ... read more

soundworld
94

Much less a true “Ambient” album, but more of a “Intelligent Techno” or rather “IDM” pioneer (it is a pretty awful term but we’ll live with it for now) - the debut album from Aphex Twin a.k.a Richard D. James the boy genius from Cornwall, U.K. : “Selected Ambient Works 85-92” or simply “SAW 85-92” is not only a classic of Electronic music, but also in my opinion is one of the most influential collection of music ever.

When I ... read more

joinmolten
80

Aphex Twin
Selected Ambient Works 85-92

perhaps
90

feel like I'm in a video game listening to this

purifiedbees
95

Lovely music.

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Track List

1Xtal
4:53
96
2Tha
9:07
90
3Pulsewidth
3:48
92
4Ageispolis
5:23
92
5I
1:17
86
6Green Calx
6:05
88
7Heliosphan
4:53
93
8We Are the Music Makers
7:43
88
9Schottkey 7th Path
5:08
87
10Ptolemy
7:14
90
11Hedphelym
6:03
85
12Delphium
5:29
86
13Actium
7:35
90
Total Length: 1 hour, 14 minutes
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Added on: October 13, 2012