Switched On

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Switched On collects Stereolab's earliest singles, capturing the group's hypnotic, driving sound in its infancy. Though they're more guitar-driven and rock-oriented than the band's later work, tracks like "Super-Electric" and "Au Grand Jour" prove that Stereolab's basic style -- Krautrock lock-grooves, bubbling analog synths, fuzzed-out guitars, and angelic vocals -- arrived fully formed. "Doubt" and "Brittle" are among the group's most vibrant pop songs, while the eight-minute "Contact" is a warm-up for the epics the band would include on albums like Transient Random Noise-Bursts With Announcements. Reflective pieces like "The Way Will Be Opening" and "High Expectation"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Switched On collects Stereolab's earliest singles, capturing the group's hypnotic, driving sound in its infancy. Though they're more guitar-driven and rock-oriented than the band's later work, tracks like "Super-Electric" and "Au Grand Jour" prove that Stereolab's basic style -- Krautrock lock-grooves, bubbling analog synths, fuzzed-out guitars, and angelic vocals -- arrived fully formed. "Doubt" and "Brittle" are among the group's most vibrant pop songs, while the eight-minute "Contact" is a warm-up for the epics the band would include on albums like Transient Random Noise-Bursts With Announcements. Reflective pieces like "The Way Will Be Opening" and "High Expectation" show off Laetitia Sadier's coolly sophisticated, Nico-meets-Francoise Hardy vocals, while "The Light That Will Cease to Fail" manages to be poppy, kinetic, and bittersweet all at once. Though the group would go on to make even more impressive albums, the newness of Stereolab's sound is palpable on Switched On, giving the songs an added vitality. Obviously, it's an impressive debut, but it's captivating in its own right.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/1999
  • Label: Too Pure / Beggars
  • UPC: 644918007821
  • Catalog Number: 80078
  • Sales rank: 126,678

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Super-Electric (5:23)
  2. 2 Doubt (3:25)
  3. 3 Au Grand Jour' (3:28)
  4. 4 The Way Will Be Opening (4:07)
  5. 5 Brittle (3:47)
  6. 6 Contact (8:17)
  7. 7 Au Grand Jour (3:40)
  8. 8 High Expectation (3:32)
  9. 9 The Light That Will Cease to Fail (3:23)
  10. 10 Changer (4:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stereolab Primary Artist
Joe Dilworth Drums
Tim Gane Organ, Guitar, Moog Synthesizer, farfisa organ, Moog Lead
Martin Kean Bass
Gina Morris Vocals, Background Vocals
Laetitia Sadier Group Member
Seaya Sadier Vocals
Technical Credits
Tim Gane Composer
Laetitia Sadier Composer
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