Mars Audiac Quintet by Stereolab Phenomenal!Think of a sober B-52s taking their inspiration from Brian Eno and theGerman synth pioneers of the 70s, and youll have a sense of this Englishsextets sound. --Jeff BatemanPersonal Review: Mars Audiac Quintet by StereolabA long time ago, I had a really crappy cassette player (remembercassettes?) And my tape of Mars Audiac Quintet was stuck in the tapeplayer, for months. Seriously. The only thing I listened to in the car was thisalbum (Or in this case tape). It got to be a joke, and people would startlaughing when they were in my car, and they heard Stereolab AGAIN. Butafter, literally, months of listening to this recording I think I learned everysubtle nuance of this great album. (Perfect driving music!)This cd, more than any onther, bridges the gap between their early, morerocking, krautrock-influenced sound, and their later space-lounge-popsound (Which would really start with their next release, Emperor TomatoKetchup.) This cd still has the loud guitars, over driven keyboards,repetition, and experimentation that defines their early sound. Unlike someof their early releases, the recording and production are definitely hi -fi, andthe recording sounds crystal clear. (This is a great audiophile record!)They were able to merge the sounds of krautrock (i.e. Can, Faust, andespecially NEU!) with the Beach Boys and Velvet Underground, and madethis pop masterpiece.I think in many ways this CD is their honing, fine tuning, and perfecting thatearly sound, and it drops a few hints about the new musical direction theywould take.
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