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Album Review

Cibo Matto's eagerly anticipated second album, Stereo Type A, reflects growth and change in the band's lineup and sound. Joining the core duo of Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori are new band member Sean Lennon and guests like Arto Lindsay, Caetano Veloso, Sebastian Steinberg of Soul Coughing, and John Medeski and Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin & Wood. The new additions reflect the changing sound of Cibo Matto: Relying less on samples and more on their latent funk and jazz elements, Stereotype A sounds like summer in New York — eclectic, hot, and funky. Hatori's vocals are her most fluid and assured yet, and Honda's harmonies, particularly on "Moonchild," add a dreamy undercurrent to the sound. Though the hip-hop of "Sci-Fi Wasabi" and filmic quality of "Spoon" (which originally appeared on the Super Relax EP) hearken back to old-school Cibo Matto, Stereotype A's overall sound is more direct and less fanciful than of their debut album Viva! La Woman. Tracks like "Clouds" and "Morning" reflect a nice fusion of the group's old and new sounds, while the brassy "Speechless" and thrash metal of "Blue Train" round out a delightfully sunny collection from this diverse group.

Customer Reviews

There's something...

...strangely soothing and comforting about Cibo Matto. Their lyrics are so abstract that each song can be interpreted millions of different ways depending on who the listener is. I love every song, each of which has it's own sound and mood different from the rest. It's one of those cds I never skip through. By far one of my top 10 albums by one of my top 10 favorite bands.


I fell in love with it the 1st time I heard it on Buffy The Vampire Slayer....

New listener, and I like it!

I'm sure this got into my "For You" area because I've purchased many songs from Pizzicato 5. Coming from there, I find I like many of the songs on this album. They're not quite as poppy as Pizz5, but they're a welcome departure nonetheless. After buying this album, I went back to listen to some of their older stuff. Only Sci-Fi Wasabi sounds like their previously released music, so if you've previously liked Cibo stuff, you may not like this one. Inversely, if you love this album, you might not like their other two albums on iTunes. Be sure to give those 30 second snippets a GOOD listen! Unfortunately, the group is no longer together, so we likely won't get another album to see where their vision was headed.


Formed: 1994 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A Japanese-born duo relocated to New York and christened with an Italian band name, Cibo Matto's music mirrored the melting-pot aesthetics of their origins, resulting in a heady brew of funk samples, hip-hop rhythms, tape loops, and fractured pop melodies all topped off by surreal narratives sung in a combination of French and broken English. Cibo Matto comprised vocalist Miho Hatori and keyboardist/sampler Yuka Honda, a pair of expatriate Japanese women who arrived in the U.S. independently. Honda,...
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