Fab Four Suture
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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this is a good cd to buy if your a fan of stereo lab. it's a good representation of the band's sound. good listen all the way through.Published on October 27, 2007 by c.
Fab Four Suture is a "DEEP-Beautiful", poetic and diverse album, collecting a series of six 7" singles (very limited editions hard to find) from 2005 and 2006, is an AMAZING... Read morePublished on September 10, 2006 by Rafael Cova
I love every stereolab album that I have bought just about equally. Now granted I only own 4 albums so.... This one is no exception. Read morePublished on April 22, 2006 by J. Krayer
In my opinion, this is the best CD Stereolab has released recently. "Sound-Dust" had a few good tracks, and "Margarine..." was remarkably unremarkable. Read morePublished on March 27, 2006 by Pax
This is one of those Stereolab albums that makes me say... "eh."
Anyone who has devotedly listened to everything this band has churned out over the years probably knows... Read more
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