Dots and Loops

Stereolab - Dots and Loops
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1997 Ratings: #18 / 70
User Score
Based on 106 ratings
1997 Ratings: #33
September 23, 1997 / Release Date
LP / Format
Elektra, Duophonic / Label
Art Pop, Electronic / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

In fact, the laid-back stylings of Dots and Loops makes it a little difficult to assimilate upon first listen, but after a few repeated plays, its charms unfold as gracefully as any other Stereolab record.

80
NME

'Dots And Loops' ... is the most coherent, consistent and downright comfortable Stereolab opus to date.

80
Spin

 Dots and Loops trips up its relentless groove with finely textured tracks that seem to float in place and space.

70
Rolling Stone

Hypnotic repetition is still Stereolab's main mode, but Dots and Loops fleshes out its rhythms with a range of infectious hybridizations.

fakeplasticrose
95
I'm writing this off the top of my head, so it'll probably sound pretentious as fuck but I just really need to get some thoughts onto paper (...or screen). I'll probably get a bit political as well, so if that's gonna be annoying to you then maybe skip this.

Pop music. Those words have almost become a derogatory term in the online music community's eyes- they've come to associate "pop" to "bad." With the current rinse-and-repeat formula of top 40 pop radio, I kind of see ... read more
JonathanG09
93
This is what would be playing inside a space elevator.
76fex
75
You could call it a timely pastiche, you might call it genre miscellany, but I haven't listened to other releases by Stereolab to say which.

Trying to compare this release to other sophisti-glitch releases from the 00s is troubling. It's clear that Dots and Loops set the stage for bands like Broadcast, Sweet Trip and A Sunny Day in Glasgow, but these later bands embraced and disrupted pop arrangements more effectively than Stereolab did.

Does it matter? I'm not sure, as with most of these ... read more
EntryIncomplete
100
Have you ever just felt that a piece of art is that artists peak? Their artistry put into a physical manifestation exactly as they saw it to be? The best draft of the pile, their magnum opus? The work that doesn't necessarily define them, but seeks to be an utter perfection of their style and craft?

Dots and Loops is Stereolab's best record, and egen though I haven't heard all their albums yet (going chronologically through their discog like usual), I can say that pretty confidently. And if ... read more
EMR
48
Laetitia Sadier and her friends return with another one of their hybrid collection of tracks, this time with even more electronic elements thrown into the recipe. This album offer once again that kitch-sound, so easy and digestable, mixed with an array of orchestral and electronic bits, creating this aparently huge (but tiny and delicate in sound) aesthetics. Even though their melodies and simple chord progressions do offer some kind of beauty, the uneventful song structures and bland ... read more
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Track List

  1. Brakhage
  2. Miss Modular
  3. The Flower Called Nowhere
  4. Diagonals
  5. Prisoner of Mars
  6. Rainbo Conversation
  7. Refractions in the Plastic Pulse
  8. Parsec
  9. Ticker-Tape of the Unconscious
  10. Contronatura
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