Stereo Type A

Stereo Type A

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by Cibo Matto
     
 

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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

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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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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Cibo Matto's eagerly anticipated second album, Stereo Type A, reflects growth and change in the band's lineup and sound. Joining the core duo of Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori are new band member Sean Lennon and guests like Arto Lindsay, Caetano Veloso, Sebastian Steinberg of Soul Coughing, and John Medeski and Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin & Wood. The new additions reflect the changing sound of Cibo Matto: Relying less on samples and more on their latent funk and jazz elements, Stereotype A sounds like summer in New York -- eclectic, hot, and funky. Hatori's vocals are her most fluid and assured yet, and Honda's harmonies, particularly on "Moonchild," add a dreamy undercurrent to the sound. Though the hip-hop of "Sci-Fi Wasabi" and filmic quality of "Spoon" (which originally appeared on the Super Relax EP) hearken back to old-school Cibo Matto, Stereotype A's overall sound is more direct and less fanciful than of their debut album Viva! La Woman. Tracks like "Clouds" and "Morning" reflect a nice fusion of the group's old and new sounds, while the brassy "Speechless" and thrash metal of "Blue Train" round out a delightfully sunny collection from this diverse group.

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Release Date:
06/08/1999
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0093624734529
catalogNumber:
47345
Rank:
64099

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Stereo Type A 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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)!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.