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  • Summary: 'Margerine Eclipse' marks the London-based band's first LP since the death of long-time member Mary Hansen, as well as the once-prolific group's longest-ever gap between albums (2 1/2 years).
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Wonderful.... It's like greeting old friends who'd been held hostage by free-jazz-playing aliens for seven years. [23/30 Jan 2004, p.99]
  2. 80
    The band's most accessible, blithe pop record to date.
  3. ‘Margarine Eclipse’ manages to be generous in length without ever finding itself repetitive, doodles are never allowed to become noodles, understated charm is maintained throughout.
  4. Margerine Eclipse isn't a revelation, but it offers a number of minor departures from the established Stereolab standard -- and given the weighty expectations that surround each new 'Lab album, that's probably the best we can hope for.
  5. To really get the most from Margerine Eclipse, consume it in its entirety in one sitting: songs that appear to be fairly average when dipped into randomly take on new elements when they take their place in the overall sequence.
  6. 70
    The band's most organic-sounding record since 1996's Emperor Tomato Ketchup. [Mar 2004, p.90]
  7. While by no means disastrous musically, it's a pale imitation of much better Stereolab albums, and in the end altogether dispensable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8