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Margerine Eclipse

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  • Audio CD (2 Feb. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Duophonic UHF Disks
  • ASIN: B000171RRW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Margarine Eclipse marks a considerable transition for South London's premiere exponents of experimental lounge electronica. The first album since the tragic death of guitarist/vocalist Mary Hansen, Margerine Eclipse is also Stereolab's first material recorded at their self-built studio in France and unlike much of their output doesn't feature long-time-associates John McEntire of Tortoise or Sonic Youth's Jim O'Rourke. But rest assured, with the High Llamas' Sean O'Hagen on board again, Margarine Eclipse is no great departure, and if anything airs a breezy more melodious approach. Laetitia Sadier's lilting Gallic vocals meander merrily throughout the likes of "Vonal Declosion", an irresistibly melodious bass-driven joy and "Dear Marge", which erupts into a, by Stereolab standards, full-on clinical disco stomp with an infectious bassline and scratchy funk guitar. Despite its theme even the tribute to Hansen, "Feel and Triple" maintains an uplifting feel while Sadier's ethereally delivered lyrics wrench the heart; "As much as I don't want, I have to say goodbye. You will sing for ever like an angel who flew away." Elegantly evocative and reassuringly assured, Margerine Eclipse can't fail to spread a smile. --Christopher Barrett

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I bought my first Stereolab album a year ago.
Always Knew about them, never heard them so i thought i'd give "Dots and Loops" a go.
First and second play, Hated it. What Is this music?
But i'd bought it, so i gave it another go and suddenly, Utterly Loved it and Understood it.
Went out and bought 3 more albums.
One year on, I now have 13 Stereolab CDs!
Only a few more to go now.
Every one is different, every one is the same. Every one is Gorgeous, Groovy and Unique.
The singing in french does give it a counter revolutionairy feel, i think helped by the fact that the vocals remind me of Eve Libertine and Joy De Vivre of CRASS on their sublime "Penis Envy" album. And that's a Good thing!
The music IS pure Stereolab. You either love it, or you're an un-groovy f er!
It's simple music, yet intensely complicated.
For True Music lovers they are an essential Trip.
Can't say which is my favourite album, but i Do love "Margerine Eclipse" loads and recommend it as a Pop-Tastic intro into the canon.
But be warned! One album is Not enough. You'll see!
Glad i made the effort to discover them.
(Ditto "Tarwater" and "Jimi Tenor" who i've also been buying a Lot of!)
Nice!
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Stereolab are just one of those great little bands that tinker away on the fringes of pop, honing their craft, always moving forward. Like say, The Fall, one suspects they will be around for ever. Their LPs will sell roughly the same amount of copies to their core fanbase and a few curious onlookers, and routinely score 4/5 in music press reviews. They never crashed onto the scene like Oasis or Radiohead, and never will. That’s not a bad thing, especially when they can still turn in material of this quality when many of their early 90s contemporaries have long since hung up their Fender Jazzmasters.
This ones a belter. Much better than the preceding EP (the rather lightweight 'Instant O....') had led me to expect. All the usual elements are there, the gorgeous melodies, the retro-futurist synths & beatboxes, the wacky shifts in time signature, the occasional metronomic wig-out.
So what's new? Well I hear a warmer, friendlier feel than their previous two outings which at times had a rather leaden academic approach almost too clever for their own good.
Its a very rhythmic record, perhaps their most danceable to date. It’s an eclectic record too, and you never really quite know what's going to happen next (which for a band accused of having a rather formulaic sound is no mean feat.). There is a definite Disco and electropop influence creeping in….but all in the best possible taste.
Love it. Never in-vogue (except for two weeks in 1996), never hip. They are still one of the best bands we've got.
In fact, curious fans might do worse than start here and work backwards through the catalogue.
The less sure should grab 'ABC Music: The BBC Sessions' first which is as good an overview of the bands career as any.
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After the reflective and wonderful meanderings of the Labs last two albums the listener is at once struck by the energy and focus of this album. There are all the hall marks of the Stereolab sound (without sadly mary hansen's harmonies)but there is an urgency and a briskness to this release which is a bit like being swept up on an exciting ride in a strangers car,who may be under the influence of something questionable.
stereolab continue to rumninate on subjects lesser mortals would not approach and do not swerve form writing some of the most fascinating lyrics in contempory music.I have always loved the way they juxtapose the swirling changeable incantatory melodies with these words of mysterious and profound questioning.They are old souls who play at being young and even have fun! long may they reign!
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As a dedicated Stereolab-fan, this is one of the releases I've been looking forward to most. Ofcourse, I worried too if they'd go on with the band after Mary Hansen's accident-death, but they did, and released the sparking, fresh-sounding Instant 0 In The Universe EP. Now, Margerine Eclipse sounds just as fresh and sparkling. It's a tradition that every new Stereolab-album that come to my ears for the first time is bound to dissapoint; just because it's so overwhelming to hear 12 new tracks from your favorite band. I've heard Margerine Eclipse several times, and it really is a great album. I'm glad they got rid of the muddy production-pap of John McEntire (Tortoise) and Jim 'O Rourke (Sonic Youth) and went on with Fulton Dingley. His production is very simple and bright, and it does the band (and their songs), justice. Keeping in mind that Margerine Eclipse is a grower (at this point, also for me), I'll review the album track by track:
1 - Vonal Déclosion: A lovely track to start the album with. Really has all the Stereolab-trademarks, but also has a 'new' sound in a way I can't describe. Lovely, trippy and summery are three words that describe this songs best. It would have been great if they just made some parts in the song longer, so you could be really drawn in the song, like Stereolab songs used to draw you in with their pleasant droning. Rating: 8.5
2 - Need To Be: For some reason, this track took some getting used to. It doesn't stick with you until after 4 or 5 listens. One of their most 'French'-sounding songs, it really is chanson-like, with Laetitia whispering sexily over another great melody. Will probably grow out to be one of my favorites on this album.
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