Fab Four Suture - Stereolab
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  • Summary: All 12 songs on the band's first album in two years have been released as singles.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
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  1. 90
    Compare this latest instalment of vivid, left-wing existentialist pop with past triumphs like Mars Audiac Quintet and Emperor Tomato Ketchup, and it's every bit as good. [Apr 2006, p.102]
  2. 80
    The album captures the band's unmistakable sound but they've also added some new flavors. [May 2006, p.91]
  3. Vintage Stereolab. [#13, p.95]
  4. Not mind-blowing, but still a worthy trip. [10 Mar 2006, p.69]
  5. It appears that the recording regime involved in focusing on a series of 7-inch singles rather than a new album has brought back some of the old creative spark.
  6. Like all their best recordings, it sounds both like a “typical Stereolab album” and like nothing they’ve done before.
  7. With no fresh ideas or strong melodies to lighten the mood, [Sadier's] icy hauteur makes for bland and featureless listening. [Apr 2006, p.120]

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  1. DavidR
    Jul 9, 2006
    10
    This is a Beautiful, poetic and diverse album. There is an improvement in the band's style... each tune manages to be wrapped in the most exquisite originality. The song I like the most of this album is "Whisper Pitch", magical sounds, a flawless ethereal landscape that reminds of one of those idyllic romance scenes from literature. "Interlock" is another excelent son, a funky vibe surrounds this song in a very original and psychedellic wave. Tlakin about the lyrics I can say tha tehy're very profond, like the ones in "Eye of the Volcano". Indeed this is a very good album, is much better than margerine eclipse and is as good as emperor tomato ketchup. Expand
  2. Louisd
    Mar 12, 2006
    9
    Better than Margarine Eclipse; a complete return to form. The Groop has a harder edge on some tracks. The Rolling Stone hates it should convince the doubters. Expand
  3. ArnoldD
    Mar 27, 2006
    9
    Quite a cheeseburger!
  4. LeonardoF
    Mar 14, 2006
    9
    less complex than their previous releases, the groop is having more fun with their music. they're rocking more - the songs have funky basslines, danceable beats and great guitar work by tim gane. my favorite tracks are 'eye of the volcano', 'get a shot of the refrigerator' and 'excursions into the oh a-oh'. Expand