Back in the early 1990s, when grunge and britpop dominated rock music, Stereolab were doing something very different indeed. Combining motorik drone-rock a la Neu and avant-garde radicalism with elements of slick space-age exotica and retro Euro-pop, this their sprawling 1993 opus reissued here on double vinyl, sounds just as fresh today.
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7/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 21st July 2015
“Transient Random Noise-Bursts With Announcements” was released in 1993. It is typical of Stereolab’s drone rock sound which utilises analogue synthesizers and the repetitive elements of Krautrock. The seeds of their more accomplished works are here, but there’s still some mighty fine stuff. “Tone Burst” is a fuzzy, droney delight and the epic “Jenny Ondioline”, the album’s centrepiece is amazing – a song you can get lost in. “Pack Yr Romantic Mind” takes the ‘60s soft jazz pop of The Free Design and mixes it with fuzzy indie rock. “Analogue Rock” is similar to their classic “French Disko” without the hook. Good stuff, but Stereolab have also done better.
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