...I Care Because You Do

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...I Care Because You Do
Studio album by
Released24 April 1995 (1995-04-24)
ProducerRichard D. James
Aphex Twin chronology
...I Care Because You Do
Donkey Rhubarb

...I Care Because You Do is the third studio album by electronic musician Richard D. James under the alias Aphex Twin, released on 24 April 1995. The album contains tracks recorded between 1990 and 1994, and marked James's return to a percussive sound following the largely beatless Selected Ambient Works Volume II (1994). The cover artwork is a self-portrait by James.[6]

On its release, ...I Care Because You Do peaked at number 24 on the UK Albums Chart. It was supported by the single and EP release of the track "Ventolin". The album received positive reviews, with Entertainment Weekly, Spin, and Rolling Stone commending it as a return to form for James. In 2017, Pitchfork ranked it the 13th best IDM album of all time.[7]


Each track on ...I Care Because You Do is annotated with a date, revealing that the tracks were created between 1990 and 1994.[8] It was James's final album to be recorded primarily with analogue technology before he turned to digital production methods.[9] Many of the song titles are anagrams.[7] For example, "Acrid Avid Jam Shred" is an anagram for "Richard David James"; "The Waxen Pith", "Wax the Nip" and "Next Heap With" are all rough anagrams of "Aphex Twin"; and "Cow Cud Is a Twin" is an anagram for "Caustic Window", one of Richard D. James' many monikers.

Rolling Stone stated that the music had "little to do with techno in any of its more popular guises" and was instead more comparable to the avant-garde work of John Cage or Philip Glass, while also noting that the album drew "most strongly from hip-hop. James' trademark is to put rhythm and percussion above all else; his beautiful, haunting melodies are relegated to the back of the mix."[10] AllMusic wrote that James "fuses his earlier hardcore techno days with the smooth rhythm and atmosphere of his ambient work,"[11] and also described it as "aligned with the work of many post-classical composers", including Philip Glass.[12] Exclaim! noted that the album has been described as "occupying a middle-ground between Philip Glass and the Wu-Tang Clan."[9] Spin wrote that the album "showed up trip-hop laziness",[13] while Dummy Mag described James as taking trip hop and "refashioning [the] voguish genre in his own image".[5] Rolling Stone later stated in 2004 that the increasingly active drum backing on the album was inspired by the presence of drum and bass music in the United Kingdom.[8] Entertainment Weekly wrote that "By adding layers of soft, warm synthesizer chords over skull-grinding electronic percussion, James creates sounds that are simultaneously comforting and scary."[4]


...I Care Because You Do was released on 24 April 1995.[14] It was released on vinyl, compact disc and cassette.[14] It charted for two weeks in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 24 on the UK Albums Chart.[15] ...I Care Because You Do was re-issued on vinyl by the record label 1972 on 18 September 2012.[9] Warp also re-issued the album in vinyl with a download card on 8 October 2012.[9] In 2017, the album was re-released in digital format with eight bonus tracks.[16]

The cover artwork is a self-portrait painted by James.[6] It was the first of several Aphex Twin releases to feature an image of his grinning face on the cover.[17]

Following the album's release, composer Philip Glass contributed an orchestral arrangement to the track "Icct Hedral" that was included on the 1995 EP Donkey Rhubarb.[12]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[11]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[4]
The Guardian3/4 stars[18]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[8]
The Sydney Morning Herald3.5/5 stars[20]

In a 1995 review, Select referred to it as James's best album since Surfing on Sine Waves and his "most coherent one to date".[19] The review stated that James had the ability to "make the avant-garde sound pop" and that he "delivers complex contemporary systems music in the most deliciously simple forms".[19] The Sydney Morning Herald gave a positive review, surmising that "As ever, his palette of sound is astonishing, his arrangements effective and deliberate".[20] Rolling Stone described the album as "classical music for a generation raised on samplers", stating that James was "making some of the most engaging and important music of our time."[10]

Entertainment Weekly praised the album and called it superior to Selected Ambient Works Volume II, writing that it "reintroduces tension, more beats per minute, and sonic grime into his music."[4] The review went on to note that the album "creates sounds that are simultaneously comforting and scary – a fitting metaphor for the contemporary clash of technology and the humans befuddled by it."[4] Spin noted that album was superior to Selected Ambient Works Volume II as it "cut the middle of [techno]'s kitchen-sink aesthetic without sacrificing melody coherence or rhythm".[3] Spin also noted that to hear "truly great" works by James, you would still need to purchase Selected Ambient Works 85–92.[3] Select later placed the album at 42nd place on their list of the best albums of 1995, referring to the album as "leftfield, sound pop brilliance".[21]

In a retrospective of James' work in The Rolling Stone Album Guide, Sasha Frere-Jones found that the album's newer tracks were its best ones.[8] Justin Boreta from the group The Glitch Mob publicly revisited the album in 2015, praising it for "the juxtaposition between heavy darkness and gentle depth".[17] The A.V. Club described it as "a perfect bridge between James' implementation of experimental techno and glossy ambient."[22] In 2017, Pitchfork ranked it the 13th best IDM album of all time.[7]

Track listing[edit]

1."Acrid Avid Jam Shred" (1994)7:38
2."The Waxen Pith" (1993)4:50
3."Wax the Nip" (1990)4:19
4."Icct Hedral (edit)" (1994)6:07
5."Ventolin (video version)" (1994)4:29
6."Come On You Slags!" (1990)5:45
7."Start as You Mean to Go On" (1993)6:05
8."Wet Tip Hen Ax" (1994)5:17
9."Mookid" (1994)3:51
10."Alberto Balsalm" (1994)5:11
11."Cow Cud Is a Twin" (1994)5:34
12."Next Heap With" (1993)4:43
Total length:1:03:49[6]


The album credits only state that "Everything by Richard D. James. Self portrait painted by me. Design help from John."[6]


Chart (1995) Peak
UK Albums Chart[15] 24

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pollard, Vincent. "Translator". Exclaim!. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Keep Your Vintage Champagne I'm Buying Synths". Magnetic Mag. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Weisbard, Eric (July 1995). "Aphex Twin: I Care Because You Do". Spin. 11 (4): 74–75. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e Browne, David (2 June 1995). "...I Care Because You Do". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Album of the Week: Aphex Twin – 'Syro'". Dummy Mag. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d ...I Care Because You Do (Media notes). Aphex Twin. Warp. 1995. WARP LP 30.
  7. ^ a b c Weidenbaum, Marc. "The 50 Best IDM Albums of All Time". Pitchfork. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d Frere-Jones 2004, pp. 21–23.
  9. ^ a b c d Hudson, Alex. "Aphex Twin's '...I Care Because You Do' and 'Richard D. James Album' Get Vinyl Reissues". Exclaim!. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  10. ^ a b c Prince, David J. (2 February 1998). "I Care Because You Do : Aphex Twin". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 11 October 2008. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  11. ^ a b Bush, John. "I Care Because You Do – Aphex Twin". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  12. ^ a b John Bush. "Aphex Twin | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  13. ^ Hermes, Will (February 1997). "Aphex Twin: Richard D. James". Spin. 12 (11): 88. ISSN 0886-3032. Archived from the original on 25 February 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  14. ^ a b "Aphex Twin:...I Care Because You Do". Warp. Archived from the original on 19 October 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  15. ^ a b "...I Care Because You Do". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  16. ^ a b "Aphex Twin - ...I Care Because You Do. Aphex Twin".
  17. ^ a b Bush, Derek. "The Glitch Mob's Justin Boreta Revists Aphex Twin's ...I Care Because You Do". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  18. ^ Smith, Andrew (21 April 1995). "Aphex Twin: I Care Because You Do (Warp)". The Guardian.
  19. ^ a b c Grundy, Gareth (May 1995). "Aphex Twin: I Care Because You Do". Select (59): 93.
  20. ^ a b Danielsen, Shane (4 September 1995). "From Chaos To Convention". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 12.
  21. ^ Grundy, Gareth (January 1996). "Top 50 Albums of the Year". Select: 78–79.
  22. ^ Fowle, Kyle. "A beginner's guide to the many sounds of Aphex Twin". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 13 January 2019.