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Hard Normal Daddy

4.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (March 1 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B000006ZT7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
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1. Coopers World
2. Beat Street
3. Rustic Raver
4. Last Ram Dispute
5. Chin Happy
6. Papalon
7. E8 Boogie
8. Vic Acid
9. The Fat Controller
10. Male Pill Part 13
11. Rat/P's & Q's
12. Rebus

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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

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I thought I knew a thing or two about drum & bass until I was introduced to the tune "Beep Street." That song was my first taste of Tom Jenkinson, and I haven't been the same since. While I own almost all the Squarepusher albums, I'd have to say that this one is the easiest to digest. Where on some albums, Jenkinson can go off the deep end with music concrete that could make John Cage say, "I've had enough," this album shows him using his talents to give props to the jazz and fusion community. The results are wickedly ingenuitive, intelligent songs that can be understood in jazzy musical contexts (and actually groovy and catchy). Fans of--or creators of--music like Weather Report, Yellowjackets, even Chick Corea should definitely do themselves a favor and hear fusion for the digital age.
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.)
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Strangely, Hard Normal Daddy is probably Squarepusher's best album not because of what its got, but what its lacking. For probably the first and only time in his entire career, Hard Normal Daddy actually shows signs of restraint and actual consideration to composition and songs. This is not to take away from the stunning brilliance of the jazz indulgent Music Is Rotted One Note or the boarderline pyschotic sounds of Go Plastic. But when you strip him of his little mindsex gimicks, Jenkinson really does show of that not only does he have a knack for writting songs but writting really good ones too.
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.
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I've had this album for a few years now,and all I can say is Tom Jenkinson is,in my view,a genius--and that's not a word i throw around lightly. When it first came out I'd never heard anything remotely like it. It's definitely maniacal,but that's what he was aiming for in the first place. But aside from that,he jumps around from one form of music to another--this is ADD under some semblance of control,and man,what beautiful things can come of that! As a musician you listen to him and can't help but be absolutely blown away; the guy's a virtuoso on everything,let alone the fact that you'd never imagine drum machines could be used in this way. To this day I still put it on occasionally,and I can't help but laugh my head off. It's been how many years since it came out,and still,no one can touch him. Easy listening this is NOT. but when you're in the mood for it,go ahead--put it on. God bless SquarePusher.
Lastly,if you happen to like this,try to get your hands on the EP,Vic Acid. Brilliant.
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You have to realy be open for music to dig squarepusher. I don't like everyhing Tom Jensinson (Tom Jenkinson=Squarepusher) has done, but this album is amazing. The combination of jazz, techno, drum & bass and soul is realy unique. Listening it the first time I was a bit confused; I had not heard anything like this before. The album is mellow and loud at the same time, which gives you a strange feeling. You should listen it intensive for a couple of times like I did. Now I recommend this album to everyone. the first two songs are the less freakiest: You can even dance on it! But their both realy good though. Coopers world is a funky stuctured drum track. On this opening track you will also hear that Jenkinson is a fabulous bass player! The second song is kind of a drum & bass song although the jazzy and mellow keys make it sound much more warmer than the usual drum & bass I know. The rest of the album is more progessive. Altough I like the whole album I do have my favourites. 'Papalon' is the most jazz orientated song. It has a realy warm sound. The jazz melodies on the keys, the brilliant bass-track and the rhythemly freaky but mellow sounded drums makes this defenetly one of my favourite songs on the album. Antoher favourite is 'Rustic Raver'. This shows you the roots of squarepusher: freaky beats with funky techno sounds over it. I can review every song but I will not. I tried to give you an impression. You should listen it yourself!
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