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A song like “Pendulum” works as a sad and beautiful and lonely ballad in a lot of ways, but these clusters of electronic percussion keep erupting and rippling and bursting in out of nowhere, fighting against the flow of the song rather than aiding it; in a lot of ways, it reminds me of Aphex’s “Bucephalus Bouncing Ball,” if some mad scientist had turned it into a torch song. In this case, though, there’s no single producer playing Aphex to twigs’ Gibbons. The album has a lot of producers working on it.