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Another year goes by, another seemingly inevitable album for Stereolab. This time around they are joined by American post-rock veterans in the form of John McEntire and Jim O'Rourke who offer more guitar, sound affects, jazz authenticity and a similar penchant for future music with its roots in early minimalism and pop. Once again they conjure up some inspiring, unusual melodies like the 7-minute 'Spacemoth' and the brass-embellished 'Baby Lulu'. 'The Black Arts' cry of "I Need Somebody" demonstrates that Laetitia Sadler's vocals aren't just about aloof blandness. Another noteworthy event is 'Nothing To Do With Me's A Certain Ratio-like funk guitar workout. At over an hour's length again this album struggles to achieve an overall feeling of excellence which of course means the occasionally over-indulgent instrumental solo but, to be fair, even this has a lesser quota than some of their earlier albums. There's also a tendency for Sadler and Mary Hansen to sound disinterested and frankly dull if they aren't backed up with a memorable melody. Nevertheless 'The Lab' have produced another decent album to add to their already lengthy discography.
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  Track Listing
01 Black Ants In Sound
02 Space Moth
03 Captain Easychord
Standout Track Baby Lulu
05 The Black Arts
06 Hallucinex
07 Double Rocker
08 Gus The Mynah Bird
09 Naught More Terrific Than Man
10 Nothing To Do With Me
11 Suggestion Diabolique
12 Les Bons Bons Des Raisons

Standout Track = Standout Track

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