Label: Kill Rock Stars - KRS 392 • Format: CD Album, Reissue • Country: US • Genre: Electronic • Style: Synth-pop
In the process, Adieu Adieu - Stereo Total - Musique Automatique album gains a newfound polish, particularly in the production, but also loses some of the spontaneous energy and wide-ranging influences that characterize the rest of Stereo Total's work. Sometimes this clean and glossy approach works: the endearingly clunky rhythm, Peg O My Heart - Jackie Gleason - Plays Pretty For The People keyboards, boy-girl vocals, and low-rent sampling on "Automatic Music" are quintessential Stereo Total, and the smooth, sophisticated "L'Amour a 3" almost sounds like Ivy in a playfully amorous mood.
Unfortunately, though, the more rock-oriented side of the group's sound suffers due to the occasionally sterile sonics. Punky songs like "Forever 16," "Le Diable," and "Ich Wiess Nicht Mehr Genou," which would've sounded explosive with a production like that on their previous album, My Melody, don't quite come off -- they're undeniably fun, but a little flat and too clean for their own good.
Indeed, much of Musique Automatique is uncharacteristically monochromatic for Stereo Total. Too many songs are in roughly similar tempos and keys, and the fact that Cactus handles most of the singing, with occasional help from Goring -- as opposed to the varied vocalists on their earlier work -- adds to the album's surprising uniformity.
Musique Automatique is unusually uniform emotionally, as well; with only one not-terribly-heartbroken ballad, the dubby "Adieu Adieu," the album lacks the exuberant highs and bittersweet Adieu Adieu - Stereo Total - Musique Automatique of most Stereo Total albums.
None of this is to say that Musique Automatique is bad; even a slightly disappointing release from this group Adieu Adieu - Stereo Total - Musique Automatique more to offer than "good" albums from less-interesting artists. Overall, it's clear that Musique Automatique is a transitional album for the group; while their new directions aren't fully formed and the old formulas don't always work, Stereo Total is still both more stylish and more substantive than most of the current crop of synth pop revivalists.
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