Dots and Loops

Stereolab - Dots and Loops
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1997 Ratings: #19 / 77
User Score
Based on 248 ratings
1997 Ratings: #18
Liked by 10 people
September 23, 1997 / Release Date
LP / Format
Elektra, Duophonic / Label
Art Pop, Electronic / Genres
Sign In to rate and review



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.


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


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

Rolling Stone

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

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
How did this come out 1997, when it sounds like it’s from a hundred years into the future?
This is what would be playing inside a space elevator.
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
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
Purchasing Dots and Loops from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?
Become a Donor
Donor badge, no ads + more benefits.

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
Sign in to comment
No one has said anything yet.

Added on: August 27, 2013