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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Stereolab
Kyberneticka Babicka
Too Pure Records

Rating: 5/10 ?


October 6, 2005
Stereolab is so prolific it's scary. Releasing just about an album a year for the past decade and garnishing this already fecund discography with endless EPs and other nuggets (this year's collection Oscillations From The Anti-Sun is 4 discs!), they've led to the belief in a few rumors: 1. The band is from another planet (possibly France) where music like theirs flows freely through the atmosphere or 2. electronic pop is just the same thing rehashed and repackaged year after year.

Though some of my favorite 'Lab albums make me believe #1 is true, Kyberneticka Babicka makes #2 seem the more reasonable choice. A set of three EPs, each with two tracks, Kyberneticka Babicka is a bit disappointing and probably doesn't deserve its own release. The first EP, consisting of "Kyberneticka Babicka" parts 1 and 2, is the worst of the bunch. I can get into even the most droning, repetitive Stereolab songs - the uber-long "Outer Bongolia" or the silly palindrome of "Good Is Me" - but Kyberneticka Babicka is downright boring. The same four-measure loop is drawn out over two songs with very little growth or variation.

This frustration behind, the second EP offers something to hold on to and enjoy. "Plastic Mile" and "I Was A Sunny Rainphase" both employ Lateitia Sadier's golden voice to proper effect, as Stereolab has in the past. "I Was A Sunny Rainphase" is Kyberneticka Babicka's best track, switching from tick-tock time to jazzy breakdown and back again.

The final EP from the mini-collection has its moments, too, namely the second half of "Interlock" when Sadier begins to sing about "ni-hee-hilism" as if it were an ice cream flavor. By the end of the CD, however, I can easily say that this is Stereolab's least memorable release, one that is definitely passable even for devout fans.

Reviewed by Andy Brown
A regular contributor to LAS, Andy Brown lives in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, but doesn\'t think he has an accent.

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