Torgo wrote: ↑
Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:43 pm
Good scores, but I'd give Dots and Loops a higher one. It was the first Stereolab album I listened to, so there may some "introduction bias" (if such a thing exists), but I think it's on par with my other favorite, Emperor Tomato Ketchup.
I may have introduction bias as well, but I still prefer the earlier focus on kosmische, drone and trance tones, like My Bloody Valentine if someone had (mostly) switched their guitars with a palette of fuzz organs. ETK
features the best balance of these aesthetics, but Dots
was the polarizing point where older fans felt they had put the cut/paste collages to the fore.
Around the same time, there was a similar polarization with the band Tortoise, whose TNT
went well beyond the more organic group-play of their first two LPs, relying on the same kind of digital permutations that fans had hoped would be reserved for their 12" remixes. TNT
is also a stronger album than it was received at the time, but it arguably doesn't measure up to its predecessors either.