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This review is from: DOTS & LOOPS (Audio CD)
Many bands produce music where, once you've heard one album, you've more or less heard them all. Stereolab started out like that, doing art-rock drone music of a vaguely Velvet Underground lo-fi indie variety. I'm not so keen on that aspect of the band.
But from Emperor Tomato Ketchup onwards they started to branch out more, incorporating elements of Krautrock and easy listening into a broader richer sound. All this means that it's likely you won't always love everything they do. The positive side of their eclectic and adventurous musical exploration is that 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 worth it for the first two tracks alone: 'Brakhage' is a kind of psychedelicized krautrock trance-out, propelled by superb drumming, a strong feature of Stereolab during a period when John McEntire and Jim O'Rourke were collaborating with and producing them.
'Miss Modular' is a funkily kitschy pop anthem with a nice brass arrangement, bubbling with a knowing naiveté. 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 better wider ranging albums.