Considered by many to be one of Stereolab's finest studio recordings, 1997's Dots and Loops is reissued on vinyl as a double LP. The follow-up to critically-lauded 'Emperor Tomato Ketchup', this album sees the band take another step away from their earlier minimalist Velvet Underground / Kraut Rock-influenced durge vibe, and edge closer to Europop. It was also the penultimate album to feature Mary Hansen on backing vocals, who was tragically killed in a road accident in 2002.
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8/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 21st July 2015
“Dots And Loops” was released on the back of two excellent Stereolab albums, “Mars Audiac Quintet” and “Emporor Tomato Ketchup”. Each album was a progression in sound and brilliance. “Dots And Loops” is also a progression, by this time they have taken all of their influences, incorporated elements of electronica and created something that is truly individual.
“Brakhage” has elements of jazz, more complicated beats and sounds really fresh, even the best part of 20 years on. “Miss Modular” was the single taken from the album and is a slick piece of lounge funk. “Diagonals” has an almost hip-hop beat and slow surges of brass. “Refractions In The Plastic Pulse” takes in all sorts of sounds over its seventeen and a half minutes – a strange piece of space jazz funk with ambient passages.
Despite the great stuff going on here, I don’t think it hit the heights of it’s predecessor and career highpoint “Emperor Tomato Ketchup”.
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