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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000002HQ3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ditlev69@hotmail.com on 11 Mar. 2001
Format: Audio CD
I got hold of this album Amazon a few months ago, and I simply can't stop listening to it. The sound is a combination of avant garde drone effects, 60s style moog synths, lilting hypnotic vocals sung in french and english and some of the most 'groovy' rhythms and chord sequences I have ever heard. The first track sets the scene perfectly: slowly building up the layers of organ, guitar, vibraphone, moog, and singing, before the second song "Misso Modular" - the single - crashes in with brass. Each song has it's own distinctive twist, but the album as a whole finds Stereolab picking up bossa nova influnces, as well as 60s easy listenign ones. Tracks 7 and 8 deserve special mention: 7 for being a daring 17minute composition in theme and variations form which is comparable to Djed by Tortoise; trck 8 for combining latin with easy listening and drum'n'bass! You have to get this album, it takes a few listens, but after that you won't be able to stop.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Javos on 6 Dec. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is Kind of Blue and Abbey Road territory here, people.

The Groop have been among my favorites for the past decade. They're quite capable of reaching the part of you where all artists aspire to, and they do so regularly. In my humblest, this is the pinnacle of of their talent.

Make this album a chapter in your life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 April 2003
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Probably their most even album, it marked a shift upwards in the band's trajectory for me - sustained by subsequent releases 'Cobra and Phases ..' and 'Sound Dust'. Full of exotic, beautiful tunes, with a rich, mature sound. Stereolab are a one-off and their unwilting musical curiosity keeps them ever interesting. They go to places beyond the limited horizons of the bulk of modern musicians, whether 'indie' or otherwise. Buy any of their albums, but this is a good one to start with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lord KitchenKnife on 5 Feb. 2009
Format: Audio CD
'Dots and Loops' really is something special from an incredibly creative band- 'Miss Modular' is a bouncy, attractive little filly, but the genius is in the details here; 'Flower Called Nowhere', as evocative as Woolf's 'To The Lighthouse' & just as sensual in its observation, is quite frankly one of the best songs I've ever heard, & I've heard (& written) a few; 'Refractions in The Plastic Pulse' is one of the best sides of a record (vinyl) it's been my pleasure to hear, the way the melodies overlap & repeat above drifting chord progressions is astonishing, as is the switch mid-song from elegiac threnody to four on the floor (French) disko-fodderstompf during 'Contronatura'; indubitably their best record (Gane & Sadier's writing here has never been bettered, but feel I must also point out how impressive & evocative the irreplaceable Mary Hansen's counter melodies & backing vocals are) 'Dots & Loops' remains one of the highpoints of Anglo-French music, not just of the 1990s but from any time before or since. No question.
Absolutely essential listening.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Aug. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Having known Stereolab throuhg their singles on t.v., and later on printed press, it came as a shock to me that such a retro attitude could be acted out in that wholesome and true fashion. Recorded between Chicago and Dusseldorf, this record oozes groove. The music is great, but Tortoise's John McEntire's touch of Midas is all over the record- or at least in the seven songs he produced and played on. Fellow member of Tortoise Doug McCombs also plays upright bass on one track. From the Dusseldorf sessions, Keyboard player Xavier Fischer is a welcome contribution; his work as Xavier Fischer Trio is worth checking out too.
Almost Immaculate.
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Saying that this is Stereolab's best album is high praise indeed, as I regard them as literally the best group in the history of the universe. I remember buying their very first album, "Switched On", in 1992, and thinking: "My, this is really something!". I have been hooked on Stereolab ever since.

"Dots and Loops" is Stereolab in their prime. I must have listened to this album hundreds of times over the years, to the point where it has become part of my life. It's one of their more subdued albums - very soothing and hypnotic.

This album represented a marked shift in style compared with their previous, electro-rock albums. Out went the surging guitars and swirling synthesizer. In came brass, strings, and more of a beep-beep-beep electronic sound (the eponymous dots and loops?). The back-and-forth sing-song vocals are more beautiful and entrancing than ever. The whole album is a remarkable montage of multi-layered musical textures.

I have a habit of playing it on Sunday evenings, when its calming tones are the ideal antitode to the approaching trauma of another busy week ahead!
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