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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
  1. chrisd
    Jan 29, 2004
    a return to form for a band that never really strayed from the form they invented (or neatly co-opted from great sources) in the first place. as great an album as any of their others; if you dig the 'lab sound, this will not disappoint. Expand
  2. LeonardoF
    May 15, 2005
    Just can't get tired of it.
  3. Elliott
    Feb 1, 2004
    Fantastic. It merges all elements of previous albums into something altogether brilliant. "Need to Be" and "Margerine Rock" are absolute masterpieces. Expand
  4. ObrigadoT
    Feb 7, 2004
    Glorious. The groop never fails to disappoint. Beautiful sound - and love to the infinite universe. Mary we love you.
  5. PeterB
    Jan 1, 2005
    Their previous nonchalance in dishing out all sounds demure and French has transformed into a tornado of joy in this album. I only wish Mary were still around; she's the only thing that prevented this from surpassing Sound-dust as their best album ever. Expand
  6. peterh
    Mar 23, 2004
    This is an excellent album that most critics won't give the time it takes to listen and appreciate it's intricate melodies, rhythms and overall inventiveness. And it's really their loss. Expand
  7. BenjaminBunny
    Dec 13, 2004
    Sterolab just started repeating themselves after "Dots & Loops" (their last really great record), so if you liked "Cobra & Phases Group" or "Sound Dust" you'll like this 'cause it's practically the exact same album. A good one, but a samey one. Expand

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