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Margerine Eclipse is more song-oriented than any of their other offerings. As such, it is more accessible and user-friendly, but less trippy and ambient. At a little over six minutes, the dub-tinted Margerine Melodie is the longest song. Stereolab also continues the trend of writing more complex songs while tending to supress their droning kraut rock side. The result, surprisingly, is that Margerine Eclipse is actually less engaging than some of Stereolab's earlier works. Perhaps this change can be blamed on the death of vocalist/keyboardist Mary Hansen? Whatever the reason, this album seems a little more sparse than Stereolab's other offerings, despite the fact it offers more musical meat. Songs like "Cosmic Country Noir" are just a little less magnetic to me, but songs like "Vonal Declosion" show that they'll never leave their roots. Give 'em both a listen.
In sum, if you are a Stereolab fan, you should go pick this up. You've probably done so already. If you're thinking about checking out Stereolab for the first time and you're the kind of person that needs lyrics with your music, this is the one to pick up. Otherwise, you might be better off checking out Emperor Tomato Ketchup, Switched On, or the BBC Sessions -- my personal faves.
I waited with anticipation for my copy of M.E. mainly because this was the first full length record made since the regretful passing away of long time member Mary Hansen. Mary contributed a lot to the Stereolab sound and I thought it would be interesting to hear how well the groop adapted itself to making music without her.
When I popped on this CD I wasn't sure, it seemed to lack something... but now after a week or so of listening to it I believe they have yet again delivered an amazing album! It slowly reveals itself to you, mainly because the songs are fairly complex in sound, structure and arangement. It makes for a hard first few listens, but after a while the songs reveal their beauty. Many of them refer to Mary, in fact I am of the belief that the use of the word Marge refers to Mary - maybe as a nick name or pet name? It makes a lot of sense. Listen to "Dear Marge" (when you get the CD)... what a lovely song.
This album is an act of collective love and respect in honor of the memory of the great Mary Hansen, vocalist, keyboardist and guitarist and only Australian member of Stereolab. It is a very strong release - and upbeat. The songs are a lot shorter and the use of stereo is unique - instruments and vocals are all pretty much panned either hard left, hard right or dead center. What this means is you efffectively have TWO albums.. listen to it with the left channel down, then again with the right channel down...Read more ›
The album is also incredibly uplifting. A Village Voice review described it as "luminous". I can't think of a more appropriate word.
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Not exactly what I expected. I haven't been a fan of Stereolab, so jumped in feet first with this album. The first few tracks are great. Read morePublished on October 10, 2012 by Alien Abductor
After their lead singer tragically passed in a bike accident I don't think anyone knew what the hell was going to happen. Read morePublished on October 3, 2012 by Crank
Let's just for a moment think of chemistry: compounds, suspensions, formulas. If you like coffee or wine or beer, it may be made basically the same way, but each drink tastes great... Read morePublished on August 28, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
As 2009 comes to an end and I consider all of the great albums of this decade, Margerine Eclipse is no doubt right up there amongst the finest. Read morePublished on December 24, 2009 by Robert Lane Cesareo
ME was the lab's definitive reply to rising questions of eventual relevance, and that answer sounded still like a resounding yes. Read morePublished on August 19, 2008 by IRate
I don't want to rehash what so many have more eloquently said: this is a wonderful Stereolab album. I especially recommend it over much of the band's other work for two disparate... Read morePublished on January 16, 2008 by Volvo owner
I have been a huge Stereolab fan for a few years now and this album is probably my least favorite. Not that it sucks or anything. Read more
margrine eclipse , is realy good . with stereolab you are never sure until you listen . but this one is a winnerPublished on March 8, 2007 by Theodore M. Kumlander
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