Stereolab - Dots and Loops
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
1997 Ratings: #21 / 115
User Score
1997 Rank: #22
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CRITIC REVIEWS

92
Pitchfork
Stereolab’s masterpiece fused analog with digital, past with future, Marxism with the commercial magic of music through a pristine record that defined an age of “recombinant pop.”
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.

UltimateLifeFrm
100

I've been wanting to hear this gem for weeks and it was everything I hoped for and more!

The fifth album from English-French band Stereolab, Dots and Loops was released in September 1997.
It was recorded through March-April of that year in Idful Music Corporation in Chicago and in the Academy of St. Martin in the Street, located in Düsseldorf.

How do I begin to describe the sound of this album...?
Well, let's say a few of the genres we have in front of us: Art pop, post-rock, lounge... ... read more

fakeplasticrose
100

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

LonelyHipHopFan
65

OUTDATED

Recommended by the lovely @UltimateLifeFrm!

Stereolab is one of the many bands I have heard about, but never actually checked out. I never heard them on the radio despite them being a decently successful band chart wise. Maybe it never reached Hungary, I don't know. Regardless of that, I was fairly excited to hear this one since I've heard a lot of great things about it, plus I'm always up for a nice little pop album. And that is exactly what I got. It might even exceeded my ... read more

bdogmadfresh
100

I Now want to disassociate from society and run through fields of flowers

intbaggy
80

chill

eadpine
100

now this... this is the true chill shit.
such a laid-back, mellow record. gotta love it

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