Cheetah

Aphex Twin - Cheetah
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
User Score
Based on 153 ratings
2016 Ratings: #410
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Pretty Much Amazing

If you’re looking for something groundbreaking, you’re probably going to be disappointed, but this is still one of 2016’s best electronic releases, and a worthy addition to the Aphex Twin canon.

82
Pitchfork

The newest Aphex Twin since Richard D. James returned from his extended hiatus shows a simpler side of his music, with slower tempos and spine-tinglingly rich tunes and timbres.

80
PopMatters

Arguably his best package since his return.

78
Resident Advisor

These seven tracks are less about retaining the Cheetah's knotty qualities than taming them. The music's practiced restraint makes for some of the most delightfully unexpected Aphex Twin tracks since the release of Caustic Window.

75
Consequence of Sound

Cheetah is a kindred spirit to Syro’s glitchy ambiance, with James once again laying his hypnotic, synth-driven samples on thick. Composed using digital wave sequencing technology, it’s mood music that insists on hanging back in the shadows.

70
The 405
It's all possibly about as boxed and pared down as Richard D James has sounded.
70
Spin

Cheetah is warm, rudimentary (lotsa 808s), and demurely catchy — making it the poppiest record of this career phase by default.

60
NME

You could tell from one listen to ‘Syro’ that it was Aphex, back and on form. ‘Cheetah’ isn’t bad, but it could be the work of lesser producer.

60
AllMusic

The EP is fine, by all means, but it's definitely not the Aphex release to reach for if you're expecting to be challenged or blown away by something utterly unique or exciting.

60
Exclaim!

Fans of Aphex Twin's drowsier material will find plenty of joy in Cheetah, but even they might find it fading into the background within a few months. 

Pitchkrof
20
aphex twin more like i haven't made any music in years im just mastering my old moog recordings and releasing them because i need money lol
MinatoArisato
45
Incredibly safe and boring for an artist as experimental and cutting edge as Richard.

Best Track: CHEETAHT2 [Ld spectrum]
Worst Track: CIRKLON 1
OZYMVNDIAS
67
This EP isn't all that adventurous, nor is it all that special. The only thing that it has going for it to be better than the previous three entries is that it feels more complete than those preceding it. But still, this is Rich's weakest complete EP in his career. It is uninteresting and frankly, paints him into a corner. There is still a good amount of ideas presented here that I wish wasn't housed with some duds in the tracklist. But, you're just gonna have to live with these things, I ... read more
ChukPizel
73
I can see people think why this thing is boring, I mean I can’t say those people are wrong but this is a pleasant listen.
masivnipero
55
Sad to say it, but this is just kind of boring. When compared to the other great achievements and innovations he contributed to electronic music, this plays it extremely safe.
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Added on: June 9, 2016