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 and expanded here, sounds just as fresh today.
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Ah Stereolab. Let me count the ways I love thee. Motorik rhythms, breathy vocals, French lyrics, and analogue instrumentation all combine on Stereolab's second studio LP 'Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements'. This LP has been reissued by Warp to coincide with Stereolab's return to the live circuit, including performances at festivals such as Green Man and Primavera.
This album has had a fraught past, with the first 1500 pressings being scrapped due to poor audio quality, but this recent reissue solidifies Stereolab in the canon of truly wonderful indie music. In this reissues there are also plenty of curiosities to satisfy the most ardent Stereolab fan, such as demos and alternative mixes. There are also many wonderful moments on this record proper. The album's centrepiece, the eighteen minute long krautrock opus 'Jenny Ondioline' is a highlight, as too is the sublime proto-punk of 'Crest'. I also love the guitar flourishes on 'Tone Burst' and the brilliantly blatant Modern Lovers rip-off of 'I'm Going Out Of My Way'.
TR-NBWA (I refuse to write out the title again, I'm no sesquipedalian) is a reminder of why Stereolab are the masters of that krautrock, pop, proto-punk sound that has many imitators but only a few originators.
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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