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The second album by post-rock pioneers Stereolab continues to employ the blend of indie rock, postpunk, Krautrock (specifically the Neu!/Kraftwerk variety), and Velvet Underground–derived avant-rock minimalism that had emerged from their 1992 full-length debut, Peng!. But a number of new elements are introduced into the mix, offering hints of the signature Stereolab sound that was still to come. Amid the chugging grooves filled with overdriven organ and fuzzed-out guitar (with Laetitia Sadier's contrastingly serene voice floating overhead), we can hear dashes of both abstract experimentalism and the vintage Muzak influence that would soon become central to the Stereolab sound.

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Their Masterpiece

This is the most ambitious and accomplished of Stereolab's early work, and frankly their early work is both more musically/ historically significant and enjoyable on repeated listening. Sorry to those who start their journey with Dots and Loops. This is the pure, uncut stuff. Ingredients here, well measured, flawlessly prepared: Sister Ray, Here Come the Warm Jets, Tago Mago, Francoise Hardy, Guy Debord, Silver Apples, Pet Sounds, Jane Birken. Crest of the wave: "Jenny Ondioline"

This is the one

If there is a definitive Stereolab album, this is it.

My Favorite Stereolab Album

If you think Emperor Tomato Ketchup is their best, you clearly haven't given this a good listen.


Formed: 1991 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

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

Combining an inclination for melodic '60s pop with an art rock aesthetic borrowed from Krautrock bands like Faust and Neu!, Stereolab were one of the most influential alternative bands of the '90s. Led by Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier, Stereolab either legitimized forms of music that were on the fringe of rock, or brought attention to strands of pop music -- bossa nova, lounge-pop, movie soundtracks -- that were traditionally banished from the rock lineage. The group's trademark sound -- a droning,...
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