David Browne
January 31, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Richard D. James

type
Music
Current Status
In Season

We gave it an A-

It makes sense that the one-man-band ambient auteur would name his latest album after himself — Richard D. James is his quirkiest, most personal work under the Aphex Twin moniker. The burbling instrumental squiggle pop James pioneered is here, but tracks like ”4” and ”Girl/Boy Song” reveal a new warmth and wistfulness, thanks to synthesized string sections that sound radiantly real. If machines could joke or cry, this is how they would sound.

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