Instant O In The Universe [EP]

User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7

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  1. PeterR
    Oct 10, 2005
    10
    "Mass Riff" is the song I will be using to defeat my friend Jeni's challenge to a dance-off.
  2. GerryS
    Dec 31, 2004
    9
    Mary Hansen dies and the groop needs to get back on the horse. I think that Instant O is saying goodbye to Mary. 'If you must go...' Fucking great groove. Not groundbreaking but a shining piece of Stereolab letting loose and playing something comfortable. And playing it very well. Something nice for Mary. As for the rest of the ep, well it's nice to hear Stereolab any time. Mary Hansen dies and the groop needs to get back on the horse. I think that Instant O is saying goodbye to Mary. 'If you must go...' Fucking great groove. Not groundbreaking but a shining piece of Stereolab letting loose and playing something comfortable. And playing it very well. Something nice for Mary. As for the rest of the ep, well it's nice to hear Stereolab any time. EP's are really snapshots of what this bunch are into at the time. They let us know what they are up to. They save the high concept stuff for Albums like Dots and Loops (which was truly inspired). I have listened to Instant O over and over again and I still can't get tired of it. It is a brilliantly conceived and crafted pop song. I love it. I get goose bumps every time I hear it and the groove when the band jumps in after the intro is fantastic. Sometimes a band just has to be. Expand
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63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. 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.
  2. Manages to ignore the essential art-rock flourishes of Sound-Dust, and in fact, [has] done away with anything even remotely interesting or new.
  3. Instant 0 finds Stereolab upbeat and sounding more vibrant than it has in years.