Hard Normal Daddy
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1997 album by the techo drum 'n' bass act for the Warp label. 12 tracks, including the single 'Vic Acid'.
The fusion of jazz and drum & bass has become the toast of the chattering classes, throwing up a canon of overlong epics like Goldie's Saturn Returnz. What a relief, then, for Squarepusher; Hard Normal Daddy comes as a gleefully psychotic antidote to such Tubular Bells-esque pomposity. In the spirit of Warp Records' prolific, dazzling, but sometimes difficult output, Hard Normal Daddy is a trailblazing work of half-mad genius. It's also the sort of record that might force your neighbours to buy earplugs. Shrugging off lightweight soundscapes with a pneumatic battery of drum & bass and cut-glass jazz, and forever goading you--the confused and frightened listener--to keep up the pace, the likes of "Vic Acid" are high-tempo blasts of solidified confusion. No, it isn't coffee table music. But whatever you do, don't try and dance to it either.--Louis Pattison
Top Customer Reviews
I don't know what to say about the dance aspect of this music. In Chicago, I will never see people dancing to stuff like this; if, however, in other places in the world people have a more open mind as to what has a groove, then more power to them. (Actually, in Chicago, I have never met a person who owns this album. Remind me to go to all the jazzers I went to college with and shove this album down their throats.)
Like a more focused Feed Me Weird Things, Hard Normal Daddy runs the gamut of musical sounds and influences as he shows of that he loves old dub and electro as much as he loves the sound of his own drum programing. First thing that should be noticed by all is that most of the rough production edges of Feed Me Weird Things are gone. Replacing them are much crisper, fuller, and far more smoother sounds and melodies then before. Secondly, his blow your mind and ears frantic drum programing is actually toned down a bit. Sure its jawdroppingly fast and complex, but it doesn't go overboard which some of the tracks on Weird Things had.
The biggest shocker of all on Hard Normal Daddy is the suprising amount of melody and hooks found on the album. There are a suprisingly large amount of catchy tunes that lay ontop of the drum programing and hyperspeed bassplaying that actually make Hard Normal Daddy a blast to listen to. Even on some of the hardcore drum n' bass tracks(some of the shorter of the rank as some of my favorite Squarepusher tracks) are still melodically packed and fun to listen to.Read more ›
Lastly,if you happen to like this,try to get your hands on the EP,Vic Acid. Brilliant.
Most recent customer reviews
I remember first listening to this cd in middle school. I didn't really get it that well for all i listened to was Korn. I liked some of the songs though. Read morePublished on June 16 2004
After growing to enjoy and admire the drill 'n' bass of Aphex Twin's "Richard D. James Album", I wanted to take the next step and find something even harder and more intense. Read morePublished on March 4 2002 by CastleD
I remember what a find this was when I got it used a year ago - back then it wasn't available in the states... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2002 by Nathan Dorr
Three years ago, this album would have had 5 stars no question. At the time there was nothing like it. There still really isn't anything like it. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2001
I have this, Feed Me Weird Things and Rotted Note. This is without a doubt the best of the lps. I was relieved to hear its not much like Rotted Note (which I find horrid and nigh... Read morePublished on July 4 2000 by Anon
Squarepusher by far is the most talented idm drum and bass artist there is. I don't know what one reviewer was talking about Hard NOrmal Daddy being better than burningn' tree,... Read morePublished on May 14 2000 by inputcodtrnsfus
This is the sht! All of squarepusher's stuff roks, but this is the definitive album. Chin Happy (track 5) is completely insane and defines musical psychosis.Published on March 28 2000 by samizdat7
From the initial note on this record (the upbeat "Cooper's World") I was amazed by the well-thought-out complexity of the beats created by Tom Jenkinson, as well as the... Read morePublished on Aug. 22 1999