'Emperor Tomato Ketchup' is often held up as the crowning achivement of post-rock/psychedelic outfit Stereloab, fronted by the bizarre, left-field songwriting of Laetitia Sadier and Tim Gane. On 'Emperor Tomato Ketchup', the band's affection for pop music and for newer strands of experimental rock intersect, making for a record both accessible and ambitious than the three noise pop records that preceded it.
Tracks:Metronomic Underground Cybele's Reverie Percolator Les Yper-Sound Spark Plug OLV 26 The Noise of Carpet Tomorrow Is Already Here Emperor Tomato Ketchup Monstre Sacre Motoroller Scalatron Slow Fast Hazel Anonymous Collective
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9/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 10th February 2015
"Emperor Tomato Ketchup" is the best album by Stereolab. A marvellous double album, it opens with the bass groove of "Metronomic Underground", which musically comes across as a sort of krautrock version of Gil Scott Heron's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised". The single "Cybele's Reverie" is one of their best pop moments and "Spark Plug" is a concentrated version of their previous noise pop efforts. If that isn't enough, there's also a song called "The Noise Of Carpet". All their albums from their mid-90s period are good, but this one just gets it right.
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