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Spin Magazine hailed Stereolab as one of pop's 50 most influential ensembles. Over fifteen prolific years, the band has produced qualitatively consistent and unique music that has been instantly recognized by media. In addition to over a dozen glittering LPs, their back catalog is littered with fan-pleasing gems: limited editions, one-off collaborations, split singles, etc. This CD/double 10-compilation also includes songs from the previous 7-inch series released in September 2005. "England's lounge-pop heroes" - Blender. "Stereolab's unmistakable cosmonaut pop...was a trademarked stamp of the '90s. No one else managed to duplicate their retro-futurist harmony or even come close to naming their albums with the same pre-Fridge Magnet Poetry serendipitous absurdity" - Fader.

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Beveled puzzle shapes on the cover art of Fab Four Suture beg the question: where does Stereolab's tenth full-length fit into the prolific act's fifteen year career? Is it a bold new direction, a weird misstep, or are the avant-pop tastemakers treading water? Fanboy internet sites seem disappointed with this one, but that's perhaps because their writers are still in college and they think that thinking too much is what it's all about. (Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar, you know.) Laetitia Sadier's uplifting lyrics may sound lifted from bad translations of Situationist graffiti, but even the band doesn't take that side of things too seriously, especially at this point. To answer the previous question, Suture treads water, yes, but marvelously so. This is the sound of one of the best and most important indie bands of the last 20 years reveling in their own, neat universe. It's like a genre novelist playing with characters and situation at the end of a trilogy, if that doesn't sound too silly to say. They've yet to fully heal from the horrible loss of keyboard/vocalist Mary Hansen, but it's just wonderful to hear them having fun again; they fully deserve it. --Mike McGonigal
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  • Audio CD (March 7, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Too Pure / Beggars
  • ASIN: B000E6GC7U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,737 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Ross D. Strommen on March 27, 2006
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It's funny how fickle people have been about this album (which is actually a compilation of 7 inch singles). It's almost a shame Emperor Tomato Ketchup and Dot & Loops were so great because people just can't seem to move beyond them. Fab Four Suture is an utterly flawless evolution of the groop's sound. The new songs and impressive tour have proven that Stereolab hasn't missed a beat, despite hardships they've known in recent years. Personal highlights of the album: Plastic Mile, Whisper Pitch, and Interlock. Don't hesitate about picking this one up.
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After "Margerine Eclipse", Stereolab's 2006 "Fab Four Suture" shuffles the deck a lot more and offers something completely new. This is a compilation of singles and EP's that the groop had released in the previous year with the intention of putting out as an album, which kind of ticks me off in a few ways. I saw them in Detroit the same week this album came out (great show) and bought several of the singles (vinyl), having no idea that they all (except one) appeared on this disc. Had I bought the album before the show it all could have been prevented. The disc was for fans who may not have had access to the 45's. Not many people still buy vinyl.

Though this is technically a compilation, it flows like a regular album and if you didn't know, would be none the wiser. They seem to have taken their songwriting prowess and stripped down the instrumentation to more of a raw, live feel. All the percussion sounds like it was recorded on a 5 piece kit (except "Excursions Into 'oh, a-oh'"), the bass is high-pitched and funky and the guitar and keyboards are catchy as hell. Laetitia Sadier's vocals are lovely as always. They also add some well-placed french horn on quite a few tracks. I think maybe they had been listening to Alan Parson's Project's "Turn of a Friendly Card".

All in all this is an enjoyable album from start to finish. Although, ironically, it begins and ends with my least favorite song, the instrumental "Kyberneticka Babicka" pts 1 & 2, everything in between is a joy. So pull the meat off of the bread and chow down.

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Only Stereolab could do this. They've been together for well over a decade and still manage to produce truly wonderful music. This collection grows over a couple of listens then suddenly blooms in the most excellent way. Lean and sophisticated, this album get it's hooks right in and doesn't let go. Not since 'Peng!' have they been so hypnotically beautiful. This really should be the soundtrack to the summer.
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I'm a newcomer to Stereolab, only joining them with the recent "Margerine Eclipse" album, which is one of my most favorite albums to listen to in my whole collection.

Yesterday, a box arrived containing both the new "Fab Four Suture" and 1996's "Emperor Tomato Ketchup," one of their best-reviewed albums.

Long-time Stereolab fans seem to not like these last two newest albums as well as stuff from earlier in the career, but I like them better. They are much more melodic and fun to listen to--frankly, they're just more MUSICAL than some of the earlier stuff.

Maybe not as much of a challenge as some of the more groundbreaking stuff, but if you just want to make your brain release pleasure endorphins from listening to fantastic, complex music, this new one and "Margerine Eclipse" are your best bet.
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When I bought this cd, I practically ripped it open and shoved it in my cd player, because I couldn't wait any longer. I had heard "Eye of the Volcano" prior to this cd's release, and it left me very excited to hear the rest.

The album begins with "Kybernetická Babièka Pt. 1". When I first heard this, it frightened yet exhilarated me, I loved it at first listen. It reminds me of a siren and I think it is a good use of voice sampling, but as interesting as I find this track, it really does start to wear on your nerves after awhile. It's now a track I tend to skip.

Track 2-"Interlock: When this song begins, the beat reminds me of James Brown, and makes you want to get down and funky. Then (as Stereolab often does) the song changes in the middle, with lyrics like "We can learn to respect each other". This is my favorite part of the song.

Track 3- "Eye of the Volcano": I think this is a great song, it almost sounds suspenseful, like a 60's mystery movie.

Track 4- "Plastic Mile": One of my favorites, although I love most of the songs equally. It's almost creepy, but beautiful.

Track 5- "Get a shot of the Refrigerator": This has a great beat to it. Another favorite.

Track 6- "Visionary Road Maps": Sounds like an 80's dance hit, a good club song. The switch at the end is absolutely awesome.

Track 7- "Vodiak": Cute song, but not really a favorite.

Track 8- "Whisper Pitch": A hauntingly stunning song!!

Track 9- "Excursions Into "Oh-a-oh": Another danceable track. Listen-able.

Track 10- "I was a sunny rain phase": Sounds like a sampled super Mario game. My least favorite on this album, but still not a bad song.

Track 11- "Widow Weirdo": Great song.
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