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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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  • Release Date: 4/9/1996
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596184021
  • Catalog Number: 61840

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stereolab Primary Artist, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Check this group out

    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.

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