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5.0 out of 5 stars The in sound from way out
The Stereolab sound of the mid 90s reaches its space-age heights on this sublime record. Perfect melodies, pulsing guitar, krautrock keyboards and floaty harmonies provide the backing for Laetitia Sadier's cool vocal delivery. Sit bolt upright in that straight back chair and enter the jet age - it doesn't come much better than this.
Published on 19 July 2000

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Hm. Not too impressed. The CD turned up and the print and the inlay appear to be a bit of a copy-job. Seller assured me that it was a 'genuine' reproduction product. Sound quality appeared to be fine, but then there appeared to be a horrible copying eror on one of the tracks, making that track unlistenable. Seller apologised, offered to refund, and then didn't, until...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The in sound from way out, 19 July 2000
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This review is from: Mars Audiac Quintet (Audio CD)
The Stereolab sound of the mid 90s reaches its space-age heights on this sublime record. Perfect melodies, pulsing guitar, krautrock keyboards and floaty harmonies provide the backing for Laetitia Sadier's cool vocal delivery. Sit bolt upright in that straight back chair and enter the jet age - it doesn't come much better than this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Well Tempered Moog, 31 July 2008
This review is from: Mars Audiac Quintet (Audio CD)
This is a fabulously accomplished album of music that evokes joy and a sense of wonder. The juxtaposition of uplifting music and searing commentary on 'Ping Pong' make it quite unlike any other kind of pop song. This kind of approach puts Stereolab in another league entirely. They're fabulously hooky and seriously intelligent at the same time.

The whole album shines with talent and enthusiasm. It's a shame that this edition seems to be without the extra disc that contained the extraordinary 'Ulan Bator' but this fact doesn't really diminish the overall impact.

If you like 'Stereolab' and haven't heard this yet don't hesitate. You must have it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect synth-pop, 8 May 2003
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This is the first Stereolab album I ever listened to (I'm a massive fan now!) and for me it marks a fascinating transition from their earlier Krautrock sound to the more lush, lounge-pop sounds of later albums. For this reason I would strongly recommend it to anyone who has discovered Stereolab relatively recently who wants some idea about how their sound has developed.
Song highlights for me are Ping Pong, perhaps Stereolab's liveliest and happiest sounding song ever, Des Etoiles Electronic, a gorgeously laid back groove with Laetitia Sadier's vocal in "soothing" mode, International Colouring Contest, and the closer, Fiery Yellow, where delicate samba-type xylophone sounds leave you with a gentle smile on your face.
I think Stereolab went on to even better things with "Emperor Tomato Ketchup" but Mars Audiac Quintet has a unique place in their musical progression. Highly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the rating(!), 4 Mar 2014
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Hm. Not too impressed. The CD turned up and the print and the inlay appear to be a bit of a copy-job. Seller assured me that it was a 'genuine' reproduction product. Sound quality appeared to be fine, but then there appeared to be a horrible copying eror on one of the tracks, making that track unlistenable. Seller apologised, offered to refund, and then didn't, until I reminded him and warned him a bad rating. So in the end, I got a free disk, but given the hassle, it wasn't worth it. So if I were you, I wouldn't bother. A shame, because I know this is a great Stereolab album and getting hold of a decent original may be tricky.
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