Not Music - Stereolab
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  • Band members: Laetitia Sadier, Simon Johns, Tim Gane, Joe Watson
  • Summary: The 10th studio album from the British post-rock band sticks to the formula that contributes to its longevity--synth-laden instrumentation and experimental dream-pop over delicate female vocals, containing tracks from previous sessions.
  • Record Label: Drag City
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Nov 29, 2010
    This is Stereolab for the age of the short attention span; but if it's a swan song, it's just as representative of the band's body of work as anything in its 20-year catalog.
  2. Nov 16, 2010
    With the veteran experimentalists on a self-imposed hiatus--and now a drummer light--Not Music offers a stopgap if not a final full stop to a kaleidoscopic career.
  3. Nov 16, 2010
    For reheated leftovers, however, Not Music is delicious.
  4. Nov 11, 2010
    So does the oddly titled Not Music hold any surprises? Yes and no: Stereolab's signature sound is very much present and correct, but this record doesn't sound like the last gasp of a long-lived and generally much-loved band.
  5. Nov 17, 2010
    The melody is maintained, with the only difference between the two sections is a very pregnant pause added to the notes, the whole of robotic Europop from the '70s lodged into one oversized chrome ├ęclair.
  6. Dec 13, 2010
    At its best, it blows Chemical Chords out of the water but at its worst, it's uninspiring and dull.
  7. Dec 20, 2010
    Not Music can feel a little like trying to solve a series of Sudoko puzzles, the brain fully engaged but the heart untaxed. [Dec 2010, p.97]

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  1. Nov 21, 2010
    From the Chemical Chords recording sessions, the tunes on Not Music have the same great production and artistic flavor. In places, the sounds broaden out a bit into new territory, but the overall effect still astounding. These guys remain the best kept "secret" in all of alternative music. Expand