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 formula is familiar... but the results can be stranger than recent 'Lab fare. [#71, p.91]
  3. 80
    Their naggingly overused Farfisa is balanced by otherwise beautifully layered, complex arrangements of trombone, electronics and harmony vox. [Apr 2006, p.118]
  4. Not mind-blowing, but still a worthy trip. [10 Mar 2006, p.69]
  5. Like all their best recordings, it sounds both like a “typical Stereolab album” and like nothing they’ve done before.
  6. It is a little more scattered than the last few proper Stereolab albums in terms of musical threads, but the urbane electro-funk of “Interlock” as well as the jittery disco pomp of “Eye of the Volcano” prove that Stereolab is still tweaking the formula with one foot in Esquivel’s grave and the other several light years away.
  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 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 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. 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 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
  4. ArnoldD
    Mar 27, 2006
    9
    Quite a cheeseburger!
  5. Feb 6, 2015
    9
    I'm sure I'm in the minority in this opinion, but this is actually my favorite Stereolab album. It is probably the "poppiest" of Stereolab'sI'm sure I'm in the minority in this opinion, but this is actually my favorite Stereolab album. It is probably the "poppiest" of Stereolab's albums, but they make great pop songs, so it is naturally very good. The songs "Get a Shot of the Refrigerator," "Vodiak," and "Excursions Into 'oh, a-oh'" literally make me feel ecstatic. This is a perfect album to listen to on a warm, sunny day or on a long drive through the country. Expand