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  1. It eases up on the rigorous deconstructivist tendencies that have so permeated the last two 'Lab records, taking a cue instead from the carefree effervescence typical of recent live encounters.
  2. 70
    The 'Lab's fondness for Latin exotica pushes the music well clear of egghead tedium.
  3. Stereolab engage in the funkiest, heaviest music of their career. While monotony still remains a passion, subtle psychedelic flourishes and thick percussion pumps add much needed verve.
  4. 60
    This is more a return to formula than a step forward. [July 2000, p.111]
  5. The material hints at strength, but pieces that should have been severely pruned and used as a song's bridge stretch on and on. Perhaps they're just too thrifty or unwilling to toss anything out once they've gone through the trouble of recording it. The First Of The Microbe Hunters is for completists only.
  6. The first recording that the hardcore Stereolab fans need not own.... What was once endearing has mutated into the irritating, as the chanted vocals, simple organ runs and endless, pulsating rhythmic drones alienate listeners instead of mesmerizing them.
  7. For the most part, the seven new tracks on The First of the Microbe Hunters, which is technically an EP, feel all too similar to last year's Cobra Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night...

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  1. Aug 30, 2010
    This is not my favorite Stereolab album but it is certainly in my top 5... ok, maybe my top 7. This album is likely salvaging some of the favorites that could not make it on to previous albums. Given you can find it most anywhere for under $5 it is certainly worth your consideration. Expand