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Dots & Loops (Reis) [VINYL]

Stereolab Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (11 Feb 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B009HX5D4O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,677 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Double vinyl LP pressing of this 1997 album. Dots and Loops is Stereolab's fifth studio album and the first to completely ditch the motorik drone that had been a trademark since their inception; predominated by lush lounge and jazz textures, it showcases the band's most complex set of rhythms yet. Stereolab is aided by members of The High Llamas (like-minded travelers in the production of whimsical '60s sounds), Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma of Mouse on Mars, and John McEntire of post-rock pioneers Tortoise. The album was recorded in Chicago and Düsseldorf and bridges a unique American-Euro influence. The new rhythmic approach separates Dots and Loops from the band's previous output, as does a Beach Boys influence which adds to the band's standard brand. Bossa Nova and '60s Euro pop are still major touchstones and give the album a deceptively light vibe; however, further listens reveal an elaborate work, with almost every track featuring odd time-signatures and more complicated and layered arrangements.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stereolab at their best 27 April 2003
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Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Stereolab 19 Feb 2002
By Sebastian Palmer TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Many bands produce music that, once you've heard one track, you've heard it all. Not so with Stereolab. This does mean that it's likely you won't always love everything they do. The positive side of their eclectic and adventurous musical exploration is that it means they sometimes unearth a diamond.
This album is perhaps not an even and easy ride throughout because it covers so much territory - but it's all be worth it for the first two tracks alone: Brakhage is a kind of psychedelicized krautrock trance-out, propelled by superb drummimg (a strong feature of much recent Stereolab). And Miss Modular is a cheesy-pop anthem - with fantistically tough and phat brass, bubbling with a knowing naievete.
Open minded hungry ears will find a lot to chew over and many and varied spicy flavours to enjoy on this, one of Stereolab's widest ranging albums.
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