Margerine Eclipse

Margerine Eclipse

by Stereolab


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Margerine Eclipse

Although they've toiled in the Space Age for well over a decade now, these futuristic-minded soundscapers still haven't reached the end of their particular sonic universe. Margerine Eclipse, Stereolab's first album since the 2002 death of singer-guitarist Mary Hansen, acknowledges the loss of their comrade without turning the disc into a full-on eulogy. The band indulge in some of the most overt rockism in their history on "Margerine Rock" and slip a bit of wispy sentiment into the proceedings on the Spanish guitar–laced "Dear Marge." But for the most part, leaders Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier soldier on as they always have, dropping Moogy moments and Marxist mutterings along the way. The former elements -- always more than mere Bachelor Pad window dressing -- are particularly well developed here, oscillating wildly on the string-drenched "Vonal Declosion" and burbling roboto-romantically on "Cosmic Country Noir." Sadier, alternating, as is her wont, between French and English, keeps the political fires burning on several of the disc's cuts, notably the sneakily sinister "The Man with 100 Cells" and the bloopy, brassy "La Demeure," which weaves a jarring tale of war and repression -- without once losing the rhythmic thread. Simultaneously blissful and fretful, brainiac and romantic, Margerine Eclipse captures the essence of Stereolab as well as any release in their prolific career.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/2004
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596292627
catalogNumber: 62926

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stereolab   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Tim Gane   Organ,Electric Guitar,electronics,Group Member
Sean O'Hagan   Electric Guitar,Keyboard Accordian
Andy Ramsay   Drums,Group Member
Laetitia Sadier   Trombone,Vocals,Group Member
Fulton Dingley   Synthesizer,Percussion
Jan St. Werner   electronics
Simon Johns   Bass,Drums,Group Member
Dominic Jeffery   Organ,Celeste,Harpsichord,Electric Piano,Group Member

Technical Credits

Tim Gane   Composer
Andy Ramsay   drum machine
Laetitia Sadier   Composer
Fulton Dingley   Engineer,drum machine,MIDI

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