Stereolab, ABC Music: The Radio 1 Sessions

Michaelangelo Matos

By Michaelangelo Matos

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A live album that finally unleashes the onstage drive that their sometimes fussy “real” albums barely hint at.

If ever a band deserved a chronologically ordered best-of, it's Stereolab, whose sea of albums are just different enough to thrill die-hards and just similar enough to confound beginners. And if ever a band renowned for its studio work deserved a live compilation, it's Stereolab, whose sometimes fussy "real" albums barely hint at their onstage drive. ABC Music is the best of both worlds — we get to hear their songwriting expand organically, and the soft glow of songs like "Metronomic Underground" gains traction in the brighter, harsher light of these versions.