YMMV / Aphex Twin

  • Archive Panic:
    • It can be a bit daunting figuring out how to get into Richard D. James' music, considering all of the aliases and styles of music present. Many (including this flowchart) suggest to start with 1992's Selected Ambient Works 85-92, then branch to Richard d. James album and SYRO (all released under the Aphex Twin name), and finding what one likes from there.
    • This trope occurred again when James started up his SoundCloud page, uploading 200+ songs spanning his entire career, and making nearly all of it freely downloadable.
  • Broken Base: ...I Care Because You Do became this over time. Is it an underrated masterpiece full of interesting experimentation, or an awkward transition between his early ambient oeuvre and his later forays into acid and IDM? It's a rather touchy subject amongst Aphex fans.
  • Creepy Awesome: "Come to Daddy", and its video.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Fandom Rivalry: With the fandom of Skrillex. Odd, because Skrillex himself is a HUGE fan of Aphex Twin, so much so that he declared him as his main influence. Becomes even more odd if you consider that Aphex openly stated he doesn't know much of Skrillex to give an opinion of him, but also said that he respects the more mainstream electronic music artists, finding them as a gateway to electronic music in general.
  • First Installment Wins: Selected Ambient Works 85-92 is considered one of the greatest electronic music albums ever recorded.
  • Heartwarming Moments: "Nannou", off the Windowlicker EP, is a song dedicated to his girlfriend composed wholly from music box samples.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Variations of the titles of his first two albums have seen widespread homage, especially from ambient artists.
    • COME TO DADDY!
    • His infamous grin has been used/shopped quite a few times.
  • Misattributed Song:
    • Subverted with Pac-Man, which he released under the alias "Power Pill".
    • Averted with being credited to making a Tetris remix.
    • A handful of songs on P2P networks from the early 2000s were generally attributed to him. One of the most famous ones, "outside (kick ass violin solo)", is actually a song by Outside called "To Forgive But Not Forget (Lim'chol V'lo Lishkoach)".
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
    • A lot of his ambient tracks, especially those found on Selected Ambient Works Volume II. "[rhubarb]" is a shining example of this.
    • When the distorted bass comes in at the end of "Windowlicker".
    • For some, the "Come to Daddy" scream might even be this.
  • Narm/Narm Charm: While "Come To Daddy" is still an awesome song, some of the lyrics are a bit over-the-top. "I WILL EAT YOUR SOOOOUUUUL!!!"
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: One may listen to Selected Ambient Works 85-92 and find nothing particularly special about it, not taking into account that the sounds on this album were revolutionary and never before heard when it came out in 1992. (It's still unclear whether the dates in the title are truthful considering James' history with the press, but if true, actually rewrite the history of electronic music.) Aiding this trope along is that, over 20 years later, the album does sound a bit dated.
  • Signature Song: "Come to Daddy" and "Windowlicker" are his two greatest commercial hits, although songs like "Avril 14th" and "Flim" are deemed by fans to be some of his best works.
  • Song Association:
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel:
    • Selected Ambient Works 85-92 and Selected Ambient Works Volume II are full of these - see the trope page.
    • To say nothing of "Flim" and "Avril 14th."
    • "Goon Gumpas" and "Logan Rock Witch" both sound like something that would fit extremely well on a Disney soundtrack.
    • "IZ-US" is a pretty relaxing song if you don't mind a little percussion.
    • The sections of "Girl/Boy Song" that don't have the erratic percussion. It's actually a very beautiful orchestral song that wouldn't sound too out-of-place in a cartoon and is even accompanied by a xylophone riff near the end of the song.
    • "Piano Un10 It Happened".
    • "Aisatsana", the closing track to Syro. It even includes birds chirping and other nature sounds for maximum relaxation!
    • Something from his soundcloud, "5 Just Fall Asleep". The sound is alien in nature, but it's still relaxing and can induce sleepiness. It's also very reminiscent of Selected Ambient Works Volume II, so, that's a plus. And also, "7 lsb [slo]" deserves a special mention.
  • Tear Jerker:
  • Vindicated by History:
    • While initial reception to Selected Ambient Works Volume II was somewhat mixed, it has since been Vindicated by History and received as a timeless classic in the ambient genre. The song "Rhubarb" has gone on to become a fan favorite and has been acclaimed as one of the best Aphex Twin songs ever created.
    • Drukqs came off the trail of Come to Daddy and Windowlicker, and it was at the time dismissed as unimpressive, unrefined, and mediocre. But after the dust settled a few years later, fans and critics eventually warmed up to the album's abrasive sound and melancholic tone, garnering high praise for the very same things it was once panned for.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: To this day, people are praising the effects in "Come to Daddy", "Windowlicker", and Rubber Johnny as holding up and still being realistic and disturbing.

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