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Margerine Eclipse Enhanced, Import

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  • Audio CD (27 Jan. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • Label: Elektrik
  • ASIN: B00011D1C2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Vonal Declosion
2. Need To Be
3. '...Sudden Stars'
4. Cosmic Country Noir
5. La Demeure
6. Margerine Rock
7. The Man With 100 Cells
8. Margerine Melodie
9. Hillbilly Motobike
10. Feel And Triple
11. Bop Scotch
12. Dear Marge

Product Description

Return-to-form new 2004 LP of trademark vintage electronics 'n' curt Krautrock! Possibly their best work since "Emperor Tomato Ketchup", and their first since the death of Mary Ramsey

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By T. Robinson on 3 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Stereolab are just one of those great little bands that tinker away on the fringes of pop, honing their craft, always moving forward. Like say, The Fall, one suspects they will be around for ever. Their LPs will sell roughly the same amount of copies to their core fanbase and a few curious onlookers, and routinely score 4/5 in music press reviews. They never crashed onto the scene like Oasis or Radiohead, and never will. That’s not a bad thing, especially when they can still turn in material of this quality when many of their early 90s contemporaries have long since hung up their Fender Jazzmasters.
This ones a belter. Much better than the preceding EP (the rather lightweight 'Instant O....') had led me to expect. All the usual elements are there, the gorgeous melodies, the retro-futurist synths & beatboxes, the wacky shifts in time signature, the occasional metronomic wig-out.
So what's new? Well I hear a warmer, friendlier feel than their previous two outings which at times had a rather leaden academic approach almost too clever for their own good.
Its a very rhythmic record, perhaps their most danceable to date. It’s an eclectic record too, and you never really quite know what's going to happen next (which for a band accused of having a rather formulaic sound is no mean feat.). There is a definite Disco and electropop influence creeping in….but all in the best possible taste.
Love it. Never in-vogue (except for two weeks in 1996), never hip. They are still one of the best bands we've got.
In fact, curious fans might do worse than start here and work backwards through the catalogue.
The less sure should grab 'ABC Music: The BBC Sessions' first which is as good an overview of the bands career as any.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Strawb on 27 Jan. 2013
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I bought my first Stereolab album a year ago.
Always Knew about them, never heard them so i thought i'd give "Dots and Loops" a go.
First and second play, Hated it. What Is this music?
But i'd bought it, so i gave it another go and suddenly, Utterly Loved it and Understood it.
Went out and bought 3 more albums.
One year on, I now have 13 Stereolab CDs!
Only a few more to go now.
Every one is different, every one is the same. Every one is Gorgeous, Groovy and Unique.
The singing in french does give it a counter revolutionairy feel, i think helped by the fact that the vocals remind me of Eve Libertine and Joy De Vivre of CRASS on their sublime "Penis Envy" album. And that's a Good thing!
The music IS pure Stereolab. You either love it, or you're an un-groovy f er!
It's simple music, yet intensely complicated.
For True Music lovers they are an essential Trip.
Can't say which is my favourite album, but i Do love "Margerine Eclipse" loads and recommend it as a Pop-Tastic intro into the canon.
But be warned! One album is Not enough. You'll see!
Glad i made the effort to discover them.
(Ditto "Tarwater" and "Jimi Tenor" who i've also been buying a Lot of!)
Nice!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Johncagebubblegum on 8 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
As a dedicated Stereolab-fan, this is one of the releases I've been looking forward to most. Ofcourse, I worried too if they'd go on with the band after Mary Hansen's accident-death, but they did, and released the sparking, fresh-sounding Instant 0 In The Universe EP. Now, Margerine Eclipse sounds just as fresh and sparkling. It's a tradition that every new Stereolab-album that come to my ears for the first time is bound to dissapoint; just because it's so overwhelming to hear 12 new tracks from your favorite band. I've heard Margerine Eclipse several times, and it really is a great album. I'm glad they got rid of the muddy production-pap of John McEntire (Tortoise) and Jim 'O Rourke (Sonic Youth) and went on with Fulton Dingley. His production is very simple and bright, and it does the band (and their songs), justice. Keeping in mind that Margerine Eclipse is a grower (at this point, also for me), I'll review the album track by track:
1 - Vonal Déclosion: A lovely track to start the album with. Really has all the Stereolab-trademarks, but also has a 'new' sound in a way I can't describe. Lovely, trippy and summery are three words that describe this songs best. It would have been great if they just made some parts in the song longer, so you could be really drawn in the song, like Stereolab songs used to draw you in with their pleasant droning. Rating: 8.5
2 - Need To Be: For some reason, this track took some getting used to. It doesn't stick with you until after 4 or 5 listens. One of their most 'French'-sounding songs, it really is chanson-like, with Laetitia whispering sexily over another great melody. Will probably grow out to be one of my favorites on this album.
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This was the band's first album following the death of longtime Stereolab member Mary Hansen. Her contributions of keyboards and backing vocals were such a critical part of the Stereolab sound and following such a tragedy you might have expected the band to split up, or at the very least to produce a dark and brooding album, one that mused on the futility of all things and the cruelty of chance. But far from it - driven by the feeling that Mary wouldn't have wanted Stereolab to stop or to dwell on the negative, the band seem to have chosen to do the complete opposite, not just by carrying on but by releasing one of the brightest, most upbeat, and life affirming albums of Stereolab's career.

Long ago I assumed that Stereolab was a French band, though in fact with this album I discovered that they are primarily of British origin and it's only lead vocalist Laetitia Sadier who has a nationality link that reaches directly across the channel (she was born in France).

Stereolab's music is a bit hard to describe but I suppose it draws on the sounds of lounge music, movie soundtracks, dreamy ambient pop, with bits of disco and progressive rock (the latter is suggested by their use of wacky shifts in time signature) thrown in for good measure. I've picked out, from the twelve tracks on this album, what sound like nods to the music of Malicorne, Burt Bacharach, Sally Oldfield, and even Blondie, whilst I'm almost certain that Stereolab have, in turn, been huge influences on the music of Air, Mellow and various bands of that ilk.

'Margerine Eclipse' is largely a lesson in just how perfect inventive and intelligent pop music can get, particularly on early tracks like 'Vonal Declosion', 'Need To Be', 'Cosmic Country Noir', and 'La Demeure'.
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