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Emperor Tomato Ketchup
     

Emperor Tomato Ketchup

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by Stereolab
 

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Stereolab was poised for a breakthrough release with Emperor Tomato Ketchup, their fourth full-length album. Not only was their influence becoming apparent throughout alternative rock, but Mars Audiac Quintet and Music for the Amorphous Body Center indicated they were moving closer to distinct pop melodies. The group certainly hasn't backed away

Overview

Stereolab was poised for a breakthrough release with Emperor Tomato Ketchup, their fourth full-length album. Not only was their influence becoming apparent throughout alternative rock, but Mars Audiac Quintet and Music for the Amorphous Body Center indicated they were moving closer to distinct pop melodies. The group certainly hasn't backed away from pop melodies on Emperor Tomato Ketchup, but just as their hooks are becoming catchier, they bring in more avant-garde and experimental influences, as well. Consequently, the album is Stereolab's most complex, multi-layered record. It lacks the raw, amateurish textures of their early singles, but the music is far more ambitious, melding electronic drones and singsong melodies with string sections, slight hip-hop and dub influences, and scores of interweaving counter melodies. Even when Stereolab appears to be creating a one-chord trance, there is a lot going on beneath the surface. Furthermore, the group's love for easy listening and pop melodies means that the music never feels cold or inaccessible. In fact, pop singles like "Cybele's Reverie" and "The Noise of Carpet" help ease listeners into the group's more experimental tendencies. Because of all its textures, Emperor Tomato Ketchup isn't as immediately accessible as Mars Audiac Quintet, but it is a rich, rewarding listen.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/09/1996
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596184021
catalogNumber:
61840

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stereolab   Primary Artist
Tim Gane   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Vocals,Vibes,farfisa organ,electronics,Vox Organ,Analogue Synthesizer
Mary Hansen   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Vocals,Vibes,farfisa organ,electronics,Vox Organ,Analogue Synthesizer
Sally Herbert   Strings
Sean O'Hagan   Organ,Electric Piano,Vibes,Vox Organ
Andy Ramsay   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Vocals,Vibes,farfisa organ,electronics,Vox Organ,Analogue Synthesizer
Laetitia Sadier   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Vocals,Vibes,farfisa organ,electronics,Vox Organ,Analogue Synthesizer
Duncan Brown   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Vocals,Vibes,farfisa organ,electronics,Vox Organ,Analogue Synthesizer
John McEntire   Synthesizer,Guitar,Maracas,Marimbas,Tambourine,Vocals,Vibes,electronics
Marcus Holdaway   Strings
Morgane Lhote   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Vocals,Vibes,farfisa organ,electronics,Vox Organ,Analogue Synthesizer
Meg Gates   Strings

Technical Credits

Stereolab   Producer
Tim Gane   Composer,Contributor
Sean O'Hagan   Composer,String Arrangements
Andy Ramsay   Contributor
Laetitia Sadier   Composer,Contributor
Paul Tipler   Producer,Engineer
Duncan Brown   Contributor
John McEntire   Producer,Engineer,Vibe Master
Morgane Lhote   Contributor

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Emperor Tomato Ketchup 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a decent intro to an incredible group. Just listen to Cybele's Reverie, it's one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.