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  • Audio CD (February 11, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virtual Label
  • ASIN: B00H7NN19U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,883 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of the most beloved and critically-acclaimed bands of the late 90s, Cibo Matto pioneered post-genre freakout long before the digital shuffle. Spiking their artful pop songs with rap, funk, jazz, Brazilian, African, and Latin sounds, during their brief two-record career they placed in Spin Magazine's Top Albums of the 90's, graced major magazine covers, and were immortalized on an early episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Post breakup the band received a Best Of overview with a compilation on Rhino Records in 2007, and their track Sugar Water appeared in the Nip/Tuck series finale in 2010. All along Miho Hatori & Yuka Honda have continued to record projects both pop and avant garde. Returning to the studio as Cibo Matto, they have made their most impressive and cinematic album, packed with kaleidoscopic grooves, demented horns, crazy synthesizers and funky-but-chic blasts of pure danceability.

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I have always loved having Cibo Matto in my music library and I am glad this one is as good as the older albums.
T. J.
I was very excited to learn they were regrouping, touring and finally writing new material for their anticipated 3rd album.
Christian Chavez
Compared to the bland sameness of most of today's music it is fresh and completely different from anything out there.
Alan

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SmallestStep on February 12, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Short and sweet: This is exactly what I'd expect and want from Cibo Matto after a nearly 15 year hiatus. All of the oddities that made me fall in love with the duo in the late 90s are here on this album. It far exceeded my expectations (not that my expectations were low, but after such a long break you have to wonder if the magic can be recaptured. It can and has been).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By starryeyedspy on March 29, 2014
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It's always a mixture of awesome and trepidation when a group you love(d) is putting out an album for the first time in 15 years. How will they have changed and grown as artists? How have you changed as the listener? Will you still appreciate and connect to the music, or will you have found yourself on paths that can't intersect?

There was no reason for fear here. This album gets better with every listen. As is often the case, the songs that didn't grab me at first have become some of my favorites. The album is themed, and it's a great blend of some of the best elements of Viva! La Woman and Stereotype A, with some new twists. Give it a try for yourself - I love how Amazon lets you sample songs, but this truly is an album best appreciated after many listens.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George W. Handlon on February 25, 2014
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Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori have regrouped and this is their best, most eclectic album yet. Always a fan of their music, the "Crazy Food" ladies have served up a winner with this audio delicacy. And, a reminder that they have been truly missed over the years since their last collaboration. I was delighted to learn they would release a new album this year, and they have not disappointed their fans - the memorable lyrics and sonic perks in their arrangements - are all here and will inspire repeated listening. Good show!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. J. on February 17, 2014
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This is making me dance. I have always loved having Cibo Matto in my music library and I am glad this one is as good as the older albums. I adore the way they sing and the charming accents.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. M. Moses on June 2, 2014
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Their first release since 1999's "Stereo Type A," Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori make one of the most pleasant, well-worth the wait comebacks this year with "Hotel Valentine." With a nine year hiatus, and fifteen year wait for an album of new material, the duo has grown both instrumentally and lyrically in several side projects and solo efforts. Honda's "Heart Chamber Phantoms" demonstrates a musical direction that is more atmospheric and ambient in mood, while Hatori's one and only solo effort "Ecdysis" show-cased her growing as singer and song-writer, hugely ignored by the masses in what should have been one of the best critically acclaimed albums of 2005...

...hearing the magic of this talented duo transformed after over a decade couldn't be more promising on the long-awaited third full studio release of "Hotel Valentine." Unlike some bands reuniting after a long hiatus of several years...Cibo Matto doesn't lose the spark of their creative energy or regurgitate the past in their sound...rather, they take a step ahead creating something new and fresh to the masses...

...On "Hotel Valentine" the band picks up from where they first started, not from where they last ended. Unlike the more structured and pop-friendly efforts of "Stereotype A," "Hotel Valentine" is a much looser in its jams and rhythms. Like the debut album "Viva La Woman" centered on the theme of songs based on food, "Hotel Valentine" keeps the focus this time on an ongoing story about a ghost that chooses a hotel to reside in, capturing her views and insights, which makes this album more the entertaining if the listener hears it as a story from a ghost's/intruders perspective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul McGrath on March 13, 2014
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Better isn't the right word. Is Stereotype A better than Viva La Woman? Well, er, no. They're both great albums but they're so unique in their own right that you can't compare them. It would be like comparing a vodka martini made by your favorite blonde bartender with a sailboat ride on San Francisco Bay. They're two totally different experiences.

So what is one to say about Hotel Valentine? Is this album better than the first two, fourteen years after they broke up? Well, er, no. But is it totally completely different and great? YEAH! Yes, it is another incredible unique experience and different from the first two, and a major surprise after all of these years. It may not be as weird as Viva, and it may not be as sophisticated as Stereotype, but man, it is plenty weird and plenty sophisticated. Who would have expected these two genius girls would still be so great?

The thing is, you have to give it a little time. Oh, yeah, sure, to one with a rock and roll mind, some of the cuts were immediately accessible. The first song, Check In, is a very great rock song; and 20th Floor Ghost Girl, the third, is a very great heavier rock song. Try to stay off your feet. But the others . . . hmmm. Song two is Déjà vu, a jazzy sort of thing, kind of reminiscent of Stereo Type A, with a hip-hop thing in the middle. Initially, ehh, so what? But after a few listens, it may be the catchiest song on the album. Hotel Valentine, MFN and Lobby have moments when they are a little discordant, but again, listen to them a few times and you will suddenly find certain passages and lyrics bouncing around in your head all day long. When Miho sings, "Don't tell me what to do I'm a ghost, don't throw your ******* oyster shells at me," try not to sing along.
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