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

Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Selected Ambient Works 85-92 by Aphex Twin
Year: 1992
Overall rank: 230th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 725 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1992 (5th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1990s (48th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (230th)

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Selected Ambient Works 85-92 is ranked as the best album by Aphex Twin.

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84/100 (from 725 votes)
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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 83.5/100, a mean average of 82.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.7/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.7.

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95/100
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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55/100
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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From 07/13/2018 04:34
There is plenty of legend surrounding this album, and I'm not about to trot out the usual cliches here, but this album stands out as an electronic tour de force, with its soft beats, burbling basslines and washes of colour. It is a record which improves listen upon listen too, so no matter how much you enjoy it at first, by the time you've had it a few years, you'll appreciate it even more. Best tracks: Xtal, Ageispolis, Heliosphan, Ptolemy
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From 05/22/2018 12:23
This album is a masterpiece
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From 05/20/2018 06:27
Favourite tracks: Xtal, Heliosphan, We Are The Music Makers, Ptolemy.
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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
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