Chemical Chords - Stereolab
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  • Summary: Tim Gane and company release their latest album, mixed by Joe Watson.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 86
    Chemical Chords is yet another kaleidoscope that hits you as ear candy upon first listen, but like most Stereolab records, further inspection reveal a playground for the mind. [Summer 2008, p.97]
  2. To that end, the whole album has a lightness of touch that makes it sound warm and comfortable, especially after the sad weight evident on the also-excellent "Margerine Eclipse."
  3. Chemical Chords manages to be even more concisely charming than that album, sacrificing little of Stereolab's distinctive sound for its immediacy.
  4. Diehards will probably resent their new predictability and homogeneity, but the group's mature phase is capable of generating one hell of a pop album.
  5. On Chemical Chords, there’s nothing in the 14 pleasant-sounding tracks that we haven’t heard them sing about--in breathy, jazz-cat-inflected French--several dozen times before.
  6. Chemical Chords is a cute summer record, one that’s almost as easy to forget as it is to digest.
  7. 60
    With a new album of the less pop material from these same sessions due later this year, let's hope for some new mutations.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. DavidF
    Sep 8, 2008
    This is a real treat, and easily their best since EMPEROR TOMATO KETCHUP - if not their best ever.
  2. SeanN
    Aug 20, 2008
    Stereolab is going the distance, and so am I.
  3. KurtC
    Aug 28, 2008
    Being a fan of Stereolab for 12 years now and bearing two tattoos in honor of them, I am very disappointed with 'Chemical Chords'. It's their biggest mis-step in my opinion. As every review has touched on, there is no new ground covered here. The songs sound uninspired and like clones of one another. Two songs even begin the exact same way with the same drum fill. I couldn't believe that I had to struggle to make through my first listen of the album! I didn't enjoy it at all. A major let-down especially coming after their last true album, 'Margerine Eclipse' which was magnificent and probably their career's pinnacle. Expand