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This review is from: Mars Audiac Quintet (Audio CD)
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.