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Stereo Type a

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The 2nd album from Cibo Matto is focused and refined while still wildly diverse, blending elements of jazz, hip-hop and pop. From the groove of "Spoon" to the undulating R&B of "Moonchild," Stereo*Type a is, at it's core, a pop album, and at the same time funky and imaginative. Contributors to the album include Sean Lennon, Arto Lindsay, John Medeski & Billy Martin (of Medeski, Martin & Wood), Brazilian legend Caetano Veloso and Soul Coughing's Sebastian Steinberg among others. [Note: This product is an authorized CD-R and is manufactured on demand]

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It wasn't so long ago that New York-based Japanese duo Cibo Matto (Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda) were simply a fun, gimmicky East Village outfit who performed on Casio keyboards and sang almost exclusively about their favorite foods. As such, the band's major-label debut album Viva! La Woman was sugary, but not really substantive--a clear-cut example of Eastern culture endearingly misinterpreting Western music. But Cibo Matto has come a long way since penning songs like "Know Your Chicken," "Beef Jerky," and "Birthday Cake." Stereotype A is a mature, instrumentally rich album that sees the group break the novelty mold and achieve recognition for compelling songwriting and interesting arrangements. On Stereotype Cibo Matto incorporates such styles as electropop, bossa nova, soul, hip-hop, and butt-waggling funk, expressing a dizzying range of influences that include TLC, Ice Cube, Luscious Jackson, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Isaac Hayes. In the process of becoming musically legit, however, Cibo Matto has lost some of their former charm, which is probably fine with Hatori and Honda, who would no doubt rather be seen as credible than cute. --Jon Wiederhorn
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00000J7J2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,314 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on March 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It's a difficult country to gain respect in, America that is, for foreign musicians...Especially those who don't care to be recognized for their cute gimmicks or for novelty. Cibo Matto, though acclaimed for their debut Viva La Woman!, have masterfully and elegantly avoided being artistically restrained to one idea or concept with the eclectic release Stereotype A. This record is groundbreaking for the band and is, perhaps, an affirmation of the strength of good pop music everywhere. While Viva La Woman was symbiotic in themes and musical textures, Stereotype A is all over the map stylistically and in focus. 'Working for Vacation' is a crazy stomp through electronic breaks and middle eastern melodies, while 'Blue Train' is a heavy metal anthem making you check your decks to see if you're still listening to the same record. 'Sci-Fi Wasabi' will please Cibo fans who are fond of Viva's girlie shout-outs, and 'Spoon's get-down-on-the- get-down funkified bassline will have even the most boring of you bobbing your heads. A great element on this album that was a bit underdeveloped on Viva is the inclusion of several ballads. 'Moonchild' is an amazing tune showcasing Miho's pipes better than even 'Birthday Cake'. My favorite track is definitely the gorgeous 'Sunday part 2'. Lyrically and structurally, it is one of the most beautiful songs I have had the privelege to hear in a long time. Overall, Cibo Matto have established themselves as an important element in pop music and we can surely expect a great deal of amazing material in the future from them.
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Cibo Matto's 'Stereo Type A' is an incredible album. Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori are unafraid of exploring all genres of music while still keeping each song original and their own. Their lyrical talent shineso n the triumphant 'Speechless' and 'Sunday Part 1'. 'Flowers'' and 'Llint of love' are disguised as cheesy and cute pop-songs, but are spiked up with deep, thought- provoking lyrics. Cibo masterfully creates each song using an ecclectic mix of instruments from synthesizers to country-guitar to a slamming door. They have definitely matured since 'Viva La Woman.' They're less crunchy and irreverent, more polished and defined. The vocals on this album show that they are truly talented vocalist, beyond excellent singers. I recommend this album to open minded individuals who are sick of the bland, neatly categorized mainstream. Cibo Matto's music sounds effortlessly inventive and original. This is one of the best albums of the year, if not the decade. Yuka and Miho break every stereotype imaginable with Cibo Matto. They write and produce all their own songs (with other two Cibo members, Sean Lennon, Timo Ellis), and play their own instruments. They are ahead of their time and in a league of their own, Stereo-type A is a must in every dj's bag.
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This was my first Cibo Matto album, and what an album it is!
It's too bad the duo split after this, because their potential had always been utilized in über-spiffy ways, of which this is quite a shining example indeed.
In the fine tradition of "Viva La Woman", Cibo Matto mix hip-hop and funky sounds all around the mix with tales of relatably mundane experience and, again, sometimes food and related appliances.
Sean Lennon even appears as a guest on this album, as he was Yuka's boyfriend for a time, but there's no doubt that one with his talent could have done wonders for what was already amazing!
From the first, amusing and breezy song, to the last, and all the rocky, rappy, latin-ish and even ballads in between, this album is like an extremely gleeful cornucopia featuring the most unusual, yet succulent fruits.
Proof that the whimsical often wins out.
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Cibo Matto's Stereo* Type A is a fantastic journey for anyone who appreciates musical originality, creativity and talent! (I actually wanted to give it 4.5 stars, but that's not allowed... ) Sean Lennon's addition to the mix has definitely served as a catalyst for Miho Haturi and Yuka Honda, who have vastly improved upon the promising work shared on their first effort, Viva La Woman! Tracks like the re-worked "Spoon" and "Sci-Fi Wasabi" are definite groove tunes, while songs like "Moonchild" and "King of Silence" are guaranteed to sweep you up in their perfect mating of instrumental and vocal stylings. Hip-Hop, soul, pop, blues (?)... All genres dutifully obey the commands of Mistresses Miho and Yuka. (Heck! I even enjoyed the rock tune, "Blue Train," and I am NOT a big rock fan...) Moreover, Cibo Matto has captured the elusive blend of creativity and diversity heard on CDs like Wyclef Jean's Carnival. If you have never purchased a CD before based on a review you've read, please let this be your first; you won't regret it. Those of us who have already joined the second world of Cibo Matto happily await you...
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I don't remember what caused me to buy the first album of this group, but I did, and I enjoyed it. It was more of a novelty though, not terribly substantial, and it never lasted on the CD player for very long. It was like eating an unusual-tasting piece of candy, but that was about it.

Well, this one then came along and I let it sit in the store for several weeks until, desperate for something original, I finally picked it up, and man, am I glad I did. This is a HUGE improvement over the first album; in fact, this is a revelation. These girls are GREAT!

The first leap forward and noticable immediately is the quality of singing. They are both absolutely terrific singers, both individally and especially while singing in harmony. And not only that, but their phrasing--the way they fit these lyrics in with the music--is truly wonderful and just a joy to listen to. You can listen to it over and over and just marvel. For example, in the first song, Working for Vacation, the chorus is, "Counting heartbeats, seventy-two in a minute." Except the way they sing it, it's more like, sah-van-tee too in ah mini-eet. Man, I can't describe it, forget it, but it is unbelievably cool! (And the drummer that kicks in there about half-way through--overtaking and sublimating the drum machine--is also great.)

This vocal, technical skill is evident in just about all of their songs, most notably, to me, in Flowers, Moonchild, Spoon, and King of Silence. Moonchild, particularly, is amazing. It is clear that Miho Hatori, the singer, is at the top of her vocal registry, but she doesn't miss a note or even quaver or anything. It is a magnificent performance.
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