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Refried Ectoplasm (Switched on
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
In proximity to all their gloriously conceptualized full-length albums, Refried Ectoplasm is surely an odd one, a motley collection of singles and rare tracks, each a miniature by a band whose career has been built on expe... more »
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In proximity to all their gloriously conceptualized full-length albums, Refried Ectoplasm is surely an odd one, a motley collection of singles and rare tracks, each a miniature by a band whose career has been built on experiments that typically took a whole CD to flesh out. Refried, though, far exceeds the totality of its parts. The singles are distinct, and so not terribly obvious as cogs in a machine, but they're also almost flawless. Stereolab's keyboard colors are all over the place, lighting up "Lo Boob Oscillator," and Laetitia Sadier's droney, airy vocals seem ever in contrast to the music. A guitar-rich, even-rhythm universe prevails across these tracks, giving Refried a slow-burn fever that rings equally with grit and sonically playful quirks. It might be a collection of musical short stories in comparison to their sometimes weirdly epic novels, but it's in French and it's arty and squiggly. And by comparison, again, to their more keyboardy moments (of which there are many elsewhere in the band's catalog), this is a sonic tractor. --Andrew Bartlett
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Michael L. (Popmeister) from READING, PA
Reviewed on 12/5/2009...
this is my favorite early Stereolab lp... several great tunes on here!
Stereolab's best -- the utopian futurism of 1968!
R. Hutchinson | a world ruled by fossil fuels and fossil minds | 09/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"REFRIED ECTOPLASM is fantastic and propulsive, with the "motorik" Krautrock beat and French pop vocals that won't quit. This is high energy optimistic stuff -- simple Situationist garage-pop from 1968, perfect for dancing in that commune on the barricades. I think it's what Stereolab does best. Track 9, "Animal or Vegetable" is a long psychedelic jam that breaks up the flow in an interesting way, and "John Cage Bubblegum" is, indeed, a great pop song that in another dimension conquered the charts. Fascinating that a retro sound can sound more futuristic than the latest thing...
I don't like the turn Stereolab's music took after EMPEROR TOMATO KETCHUP ('96), starting with DOTS AND LOOPS ('97). My favorites are MARS AUDIAC QUINTET ('94) and this one, REFRIED ECTOPLASM ('95), with strong songs, beats and melodies. For more abstraction, I'll listen to avant jazz/improv or contemporary classical."
A Bootiful Mix
Justin M. Klotz | Philly, PA USA | 01/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While its important for fans of the Groop to have a good understanding of the development of their sound and styles and how their varioius songs evolved, this compilation (of sorts) is a rockin' album on its own. These songs can all be found elsewhere in one form or another, but its nice to have a single CD to pop in the car and drive around with. Plus, many of (IMHO) their best songs can be found on this album...John Cage Bubblegum has more lift and energy than any other Stereolab song and always gets the crowd goin' live. French Disko is the ultimate pep rally song for the masses and gets the hairs on the back of my neck to stand up. Eloge d'Eros is often overlooked, but even the proletariat need a poppy love song once and a while, oh yeah! Really, if you're already into Stereolab, this is a good album to have. If you're new to the Groop, this a great starting point to understanding the early years."