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Best one since Emperor Tomato Ketchup....,
This review is from: Sound-Dust (Audio CD)
This is the last Stereolab album that will feature second vocalist Mary Hansen who died at the end of 2002.
This is as good an epitaph as any to her unique vocal style.
Stereolab have become renowned for there use of vintage synthesisers and their fascination with retro-electronic instrumentation. There's none of that here, the blips and beeps of previous albums are replaced with chunky fender rhodes piano, brass and strings. Don't worry though, even stripped of the usual instruments Stereolab still sound very much like, well, Stereolab.
The approach to songwriting seems to have changed too, previously Stereolab were content to find a good groove and vary it slightly for the length of a song, on Sound Dust the songs have distinct short sections and flit briskly from one idea to the next.
Tim Gane is a notorious musical magpie, and every album seems to have a list of reference points designed to befuddle even the most ardent record crate digger. Influences on this album include the Free Design, Sun Ra and film score composer Krystof Komeda.
After Cobra and Phases and then the Microbe Hunters mini album I was beginning to wonder if the Groop were ever going to sort themselves out, in contrast this album has a 'finished' feel to it and could be seen as the resolution of the ideas sketched out in those two projects.
A fine album and one that rewards repeated listening.