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Stephen Otoole "reepicheep" (London, London United Kingdom)

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Oh Vanille / Ova Nil
Oh Vanille / Ova Nil
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Price: £22.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 15 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Oh Vanille / Ova Nil (Audio CD)
Beautiful voice and wonderful poetic lyrics.just PLEASE don't say things like ' a 'prettier' (like that matters??) more talented joni mitchell' what a stupid, crass and idiotic comment. Joni is incredible and stellar and sublime in her own right. Try writing several hundred songs and recording twenty something albums full of honesty and insight and then tell me how much talent you need you dumb,ignorant fool..

The Electric Lucifer: Remastered
The Electric Lucifer: Remastered
Offered by uniqueplace-uk
Price: £17.76

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mind blowing herald of a new era!, 31 Jan. 2008
Bought this album on a whim but was completely blown away by it and it become one of my favourite records. It is almost impossible to describe,as it veers stylistly through a whole range of moods and sonic experiments. but it is one of those albums that is possessed of a kind of off kilter genius that infuses the whole work making it a bizarre and thrilling masterpeice. why it is not more famous is anyone guess. like joe meek's 'I hear a new world' or The Silver Apples 'Contact' this is an example of an early fascination with electronic music and its seemingly infinite possibilities. In places it is almost mystical.Detractors will say it is steeped in the hippy ethos of its time,which it certainly is.But it transcends it's era with sheer bravado and originality. if I could give it ten stars for the sheer passion with which it has obviously been made, I would.

The Frozen Borderline: 1968-1970 (International Release)
The Frozen Borderline: 1968-1970 (International Release)
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Price: £9.90

11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unique nico, 12 April 2007
There will never be another nico. she came into the world as a beautiful wilfull over-imaginative child in the ruins of berlin and grew into one of the most enigmatic and compelling artists of her generation. if she had been male she would be a household name. Her music is from another world. many people cannot handle the stark truthfullness of her voice. it cuts through all the dross to the dark heart of a lonely but strangely beautiful world full of 'snow covered dragonflies' and 'flooded silver cages'. I have listened to this album and 'desertshore' a thousand times and know for sure that Nico was an artist of uncompromising Genius, who like many before her lived a tormented life but had a nobilty and integrity few perfoming artists would even comprehend in today's corporate music scene.

Oscillons from the Anti-Sun [3CD + DVD]
Oscillons from the Anti-Sun [3CD + DVD]
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Price: £17.76

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure brilliance, 13 Nov. 2006
A stunning collection of stereolab gems that drift and clatter and throb all over the place. Get this and DONT get the serene velocity anthology unless you really know nothing about the 'Lab. This is a far superior and more exhiliriating release that really shows what the 'Lab can do. They are the dogs proverbials and if you own NO stereolab you are missing out on one of the most fascinating and endlessly evolving bands of the last twenty years

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Price: £18.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars genius, 13 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Sound-Dust (Audio CD)
An album that contains more beauty and originality than most albums could only dream about,it is still as with all stereolab albums, hypnotically and almosy ecstatically melodic and experimental. They are simply one of the best british bands ever.Its about time they were recognised as such.

The Marble Index
The Marble Index
Price: £5.99

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars genius, 9 Nov. 2006
This review is from: The Marble Index (Audio CD)
This album is without doubt one of the most sublime and haunting albums i own (and i own a lot) Many people seem unable to cope with Nico's pure deep and richly mournful voice, but i have always found it utterly spellbinding. Cale's arrangements are so inspired,that the voice and music seem to exist together in perfect union, a magical alchemy that recalls forest, ruins, evening processions. Nico's lyrics are pure poetry, cryptic and allusive. An album definitely to be listened to by candlelight. If you have never heard this, or Nico's other masterpeice 'Desertshore' you are truly missing something.

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Price: £12.53

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars genius, 6 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Pygmalion (Audio CD)
I can't say how much i love this album. It has such a psychedelic atmosphere without strictly being of that genre. It is really hypnotic and definitely a late night album that wil lull you into another world of eerie and spectral shadows. The music is almost solemn and ceremonial but has a suggestion of unease all the time. it is just brilliant. For my money the best thing to come out of the so called shoe gazing scene (whatever that stupid media invented term meant).own it.NOW.

Plateaux of Mirror
Plateaux of Mirror

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful mournful, 6 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Plateaux of Mirror (Audio CD)
i first heard this album when i was in my teens and I am now 40. It has travelled with me for years and been a constant. It flows,often with an aching mournful beauty that only spare reverberating piano chords can achieve.Ambient it may be but it is never fact i find it very moving.It conjures up all kinds of images and memories for me. get it and let it become part of your life.
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Margerine Eclipse
Margerine Eclipse
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Price: £16.55

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a breezy breathless ride, 22 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Margerine Eclipse (Audio CD)
After the reflective and wonderful meanderings of the Labs last two albums the listener is at once struck by the energy and focus of this album. There are all the hall marks of the Stereolab sound (without sadly mary hansen's harmonies)but there is an urgency and a briskness to this release which is a bit like being swept up on an exciting ride in a strangers car,who may be under the influence of something questionable.
stereolab continue to rumninate on subjects lesser mortals would not approach and do not swerve form writing some of the most fascinating lyrics in contempory music.I have always loved the way they juxtapose the swirling changeable incantatory melodies with these words of mysterious and profound questioning.They are old souls who play at being young and even have fun! long may they reign!

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