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on 19 December 2008
I'm a massive Stereolab fan having followed them for well over ten years, buying everything they've released in the process.
There is no other band like Stereolab - the quirky moog edge, with percussion and Laetitia's enchanting vocals combine to form a delightful indie-pop stew that is frankly irresistible.
However, for the first time I can remember I am disappointed by a 'Lab record. Chemcial Chords is drab. It really just feels like a band going through the process without putting too much thought into the product at all.
'Self Portrait with Electric Brain' is the only track that lives up to the standard many of us have come to expect. Brimming with energy, catchy, yet intelligent and avant-garde.
It's not a terrible album in general terms, just in terms of what Stereolab have produced in the past. Let's hope this is just a blip before another fine album.