As Stereolab take a hiatus, they leave us with a new LP of material recorded during the same sessions that produced Chemical Chords. When Stereolab announced plans to take an indefinite hiatus in April of last year, they also mentioned that a parting gift was in the works: Chemical Chords 2 , a second record of material from the sessions that spawned the concise, horn-studded Chemical Chords. At the time, Tim Gane told Pitchfork it would "make an interesting kind of sibling or companion to [ Chemical Chords ]," and that they were hoping to get it out quickly "because it's too similar, it's from the same sort of sessions.
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Music breaking barriers
Not Music was released in , one year after Stereolab went on a hiatus. Most of the songs on the album were recorded during the same sessions as the band's previous album, Chemical Chords. Not Music received generally positive reviews. On the review aggregate site Metacritic , the album has a score of 70 out of , indicating "Generally favorable reviews. Arnold Pan of PopMatters gave the album a positive review, writing "All in all, the catchiest tracks on Not Music make a good soundtrack for strolling down memory lane, with Stereolab offering fresh takes on old triumphs, rather than just reliving them. Club ' s Christian Williams wrote that while the record felt padded near the end, "[f]or reheated leftovers, however, Not Music is delicious. In a mixed review, Jon Falcone of Drowned in Sound wrote "Stereolab will always provide excitement, but in the past, part of that excitement came from a band having no idea of how they should sound, so that the result threw polemics and tangents together with an unmatched grace. This is great for them, but for the listener it's a bitter sweet comfort and feels akin to insincerely wishing well to an ex who has happily moved on. Credits for Not Music adapted from album liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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