The precedent had been set, and the concepts seemed to be in place; both Mills and Hood were interested in minimalizing the sound of techno by incorporating more looping cycles of rhythm that seem overly repetitious on the surface but in fact have many subtle variations in arrangement. Unfortunately, the repetitious loops of rhyhthmic percussion on Tranquilizer simply isn't that impressive. Listeners can hear the emphasis on concepts of minimalism which Hood would go on to explore further on his Minimal Nation and Internal Empire records, but relative to the succeeding releases on Axis, Tranquilizer is merely an omen of what was to come.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier