Stereo Type Aby Cibo Matto
Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori, the leaders of Cibo Matto, are tired of being taken lightly. Thanks to a penchant for food references and an ironic spin on hip-hop, the duo's debut recording, VIVA LA WOMAN, led many critics to label them a Shonen Knife with samplers. STEREOTYPE A is their firm retort, but rather than stamp their feet ("we're not adorable, we're fierce"… See more details below
Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori, the leaders of Cibo Matto, are tired of being taken lightly. Thanks to a penchant for food references and an ironic spin on hip-hop, the duo's debut recording, VIVA LA WOMAN, led many critics to label them a Shonen Knife with samplers. STEREOTYPE A is their firm retort, but rather than stamp their feet ("we're not adorable, we're fierce" seems to be their mantra) they've created a stunningly diverse set of well-crafted songs. "Spoon," "Moonchild," and "King of Silence" are examples of expertly executed classic pop, while "Lint of Love" is full o' funk. On "Sci-Fi Wasabi" (yes, there are still a few food references), Hatori raps a line worthy of DMX: "I'm Miho Hatori/Straight outta purgatory," but elsewhere the pair rev up the metallic influences ("Blue Train"). Despite the diversity, this album transcends pastiche to reveal the work of eclectic songwriters who refuse to be hemmed in by, well, stereotypes about what a couple of Japanese women can do. Seems like us mediafolk should figure out another way of pissing them off before they embark on their next recording.
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- Warner Bros Mod Afw
Performance CreditsCibo Matto Primary Artist
Technical CreditsYuka Honda Producer
Cibo Matto Producer
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Cibo Matto's unique blend of rap/funk/pop/new wave turns the tables on all the stupid music that's out there, chews it up, and creates a whole new medium of music. All around, this is one of the best albums I've ever purchased.
Stereo Type A puts a new blend of music together! Lots of diversity makes it so I don't have to listen to the same beat over and over again. I highly recommend it (and Viva la Woman!, it's great too)!!!!
I love diversity in sound and Cibo Matto delivers this in their second album, Stereotype A. Their first album (Viva La Woman!) was fun, raw and very interesting. Stereotype A is a warp-speed advance in rich, full, diverse music, with Funk, Jazzy-Soul, fun pop, Rap and even Heavy Metal. And it all works! This is a great album for those who love something different, something fun!
At times, Cibo Matto can be either ethereal or spunky, ecstatic or abysmal. Either way, they have a unique and original sound that is all their own and defines them as one of the true artists that this day and age truly lacks in favor of more mainstream artists. It is refreshing to find that bands still can find that center that sets them apart from the rest and makes them memorable to those who can appreciate their art.