Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (studio album) by Aphex Twin

Selected Ambient Works 85-92 by Aphex Twin
Year: 1992
Overall rank: 231st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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83/100 (from 858 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1992 (5th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1990s (45th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (231st)

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 83.1/100, a mean average of 82.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.8.

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85/100
From 07/31/2023 23:20
I think that ambient music isn't my thing, I can hear how he creates here some beautiful soundscapes, but it isn't something that I deeply enjoy or feel. Still there are some really solid tracks here, my favorites include Heliosphan and Ptolemy
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75/100
From 03/02/2023 10:47
I enjoy every song on this record but nothing blows me away or makes me think this should be amongst the greatest of all time. It might be that I just don't get this genre or the record hasn't clicked for me yet but it just doesn't work in my opinion. Also, it does get quite repetitive near the end with the last 4 or 5 tracks being on the edge of not being good anymore and becoming filler. With that being said, I love the flow of the album and just how easy it is to stick this record on and get lost in the relaxing atmosphere. It is such an easy record to revisit as you can literally play it at any time as it suits almost all moods and emotions. Overall, this record will probably click one day and I will sit there wondering what I was thinking with this rating but right now it just doesn't work for me.
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From 01/19/2022 20:31
85.38

Grande Aphex Twin, leyenda de la música electrónica. Primer disco que escucho de su repertorio y pensé que me costaría más porque no estoy acostumbrado a escuchar música instrumental fuera de la música clásica, pero pues me ha sido más llevadero de lo que pensé, porque este DJ se carga unos de los ritmos más entretenidos. Un problemilla sería que en mi opinión, la primera canción Xtal es demasiado buena, una obra maestra, de tal forma que ninguna otra la alcanza y pues, cuando la primera canción es la mejor es difícil volver a ver ese nivel en el disco, pero nada más que decir la verdad porque me lo he pasado genial. Una maravilla de disco, posiblemente el mejor del artista.
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From 04/26/2021 15:06
As viradas de ritmo e a criatividade do sons são demais!
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From 07/08/2020 12:19
Amazing record. It is as if James has internalized all developments in the British house scene of that time to arrive at this introspective masterpiece. I can hear elements of acid house, ambient, techno, etc. Genre: Post-House? Sounds less pretentious than 'intelligent dance music'.
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From 07/01/2020 20:29
ALL SONGS ARE MY FAV. TRACKS!!!
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From 05/29/2020 17:56
That's about as good as I can appreciate ambient music.
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90/100
From 03/31/2020 08:29
A masterclass in soundscapes from the greatest electronic musician to ever grace the planet...
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50/100
From 04/16/2019 18:08
It's very possible that I'm too naive to enjoy this. Having said that, this doesn't function as anything more than background music for me. I don't feel really any emotions when listening. I've given it a fair share of spins but it's just not doing it for me. I wish I knew why I didn't like it but I don't. It's possible that I find this type of computer generated too perfect, I guess, but I think that's unlikely. I can assure you that it is not a disdain for instrumental pieces. Maybe I'll get it someday.
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From 02/03/2019 05:31
Aphex Twin is one of the greatest legend in the history of electronic music. In the 90s, he created an innovative sound with "Selected Ambient Works", a revolutionary album that is Today a classic.
This album is the biggest pillar of electronic music, that's for sure. In 1992, Richard D. James did not know that he was going to become one of the greatest and most original electronic composer. The electronic loops are smooth and very well composed. This creates a terrifying and relaxing atmosphere. The album also uses the sample as in The track "We are the music makers" which sample a tirade of the movie Charlie and the Chocolaterie. This album is a masterpiece!

10/10

Best track: "Xtal"
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Best Albums of 1992
1. Automatic For The People by R.E.M.
2. Rage Against The Machine by Rage Against The Machine
3. Slanted And Enchanted by Pavement
4. Dirt by Alice In Chains
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