Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Some of their best work since 1997's near-perfect Dots and Loops. [17 Oct 2003, p.80]
  2. Free from the noodling of past producers like Jim O'Rourke and John McEntire, who brought some great ideas but also a certain degree of fussiness, Stereolab sounds looser and lighter than it has in some time.
  3. Instant 0 finds Stereolab upbeat and sounding more vibrant than it has in years.
  4. 70
    A tangy taster for their album proper in 2004. [Dec 2003, p.126]
  5. Neither a retreat nor a leap forward, Instant 0 in the Universe is pleasant and nowhere near as trying as some of the group's recent work, but it's one more Stereolab release that is equally difficult to dislike or fully embrace.
  6. Manages to ignore the essential art-rock flourishes of Sound-Dust, and in fact, [has] done away with anything even remotely interesting or new.
  7. There's little sign of life here, only gently unassuming arpeggios and blanketing softness. [Jan 2004, p.98]
  8. This record is half as clever as it thinks it is, and utterly inessential.

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