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Margerine Eclipse by Stereolab

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The most amazing thing about Stereolab's Margerine Eclipse is how much of a surprise it is. It's not just that it's a fantastic record--Stereolab have made plenty of those. But since 1996's classic Emperor Tomato Ketchup, they've been deconstructing and breaking down their mix of exotic lounge pop and progressive Krautrock, throwing up cyclones of electronic mist. It's yielded some beautiful, but cold and distancing work. Eclipse shocks you with the contrast. Filled with the warmest possible intentions, it invites you to fall in love with its kind thumps and aural flotsam. Anchored by a test pattern baseline and a sly beat machine, the title track wanders around the edges, breaking into the main groove only to smoothly dissolve in a bittersweet end. Sounds like any other Stereolab song, right? But here--stripped down, dynamic, and alive--it's simply charming. --Matthew Cooke
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  • Audio CD (May 21, 2013)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: March 14, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra 0591
  • Run Time: 53 minutes
  • ASIN: B00011D1C2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,192 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Elliott Brown on February 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I am one of those people that believes you can't really go wrong with Stereolab. They're one of those bands that you can play for anyone, and you'll always receive a compliment or an impressed query. For those who don't know them, their music is generally slightly upbeat, but spacy, with electronic-feeling drums, groovy bass lines, guitars that are funky without being obnoxious, swirling organs/keyboards, and generally disaffected but hypnotic vocals (often in French --oh-la-la). It is lush and mellow, but gripping.
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.
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I'll first start this review by saying I love Stereolab, they were the band that got me musically through most of the 90's when crap boring grunge and self obsessed music ruled the day. You could always count on a new strong release from them which was familiar yet still pushed boundries. Thanks to the 'Lab for that!
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...
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After the lackluster Sound Dust I was prepared to give up on Stereolab. They were repeating themselves and most distressingly didn't seem to know where to go. After Mary Hansen died I thought there was no way they'd recover. Damn there goes another great band into the toilet. Well I took a chance with Margerine Eclipse and was really pleased to find out I was very wrong. This album follows the same sort of formula begun on the magnificent Dots And Loops. But like all Stereolab albums, they change things up quite a bit but without radically departing from what was done before or their signature sound. The songs are more complex than is usual with Stereolab, the instrumentation a little more daring. Cool synth strings and horns are combined with real horns, acoustic and electric guitar, keyboards and double tracked drums that add quite a lot in the beat/groove department. Some very nice suprises and changes in the songs make this an album that rewards repeated listenings especially while wearing headphones. The vocals are beautiful of course, the harmonies wonderful, although Mary is missed. The song Feel And Triple is a touching tribute to her memory and that emotional warmth is one of the things that make Margine Eclipse such a delightful album. It's a strong showing for Stereolab.
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Margerine Eclipse (and Radiohead's Kid A) ought to be the direction that popular music is heading. The tracks are short and sweet, full of lush harmonies, electronica, ethereal singing, and amazing tempo and harmonic shifts. Track 10, Feel and Triple, is as beautiful as any popular music work I've ever heard.

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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