Mars Audiac Quintet

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Mars Audiac Quintet
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Studio album by Stereolab
Released 8 August 1994 (UK)
Recorded 1994
Genre Art pop, indie pop, experimental rock, krautrock, dream pop, space age pop, french pop
Length 66:57
Label Elektra (US)
Duophonic (UK)
Stereolab chronology
Ping Pong
(1994)
Mars Audiac Quintet
(1994)
Wow and Flutter
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (2-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly C+[4]
Q 4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[6]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 8/10[7]

Mars Audiac Quintet is an album by the band Stereolab, released in August 1994. Initial releases of the CD came with bonus two-track disk, the double vinyl album came with a 7". During the recording of the album, guitarist Sean O'Hagan left as a full-time member to form his own group, while keyboardist Katharine Gifford was added.

"International Colouring Contest" is a tribute to Lucia Pamela, and samples her voice in the intro.[8]

Pitchfork Media ranked it the 78th best album of the 1990s.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tim Gane and Lætitia Sadier, unless otherwise noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Three-Dee Melodie" 5:02
2. "Wow and Flutter" 3:08
3. "Transona Five" 5:32
4. "Des étoiles électroniques" 3:20
5. "Ping Pong" 3:02
6. "Anamorphose" 7:33
7. "Three Longers Later" 3:28
8. "Nihilist Assault Group" 6:55
9. "International Colouring Contest" 3:47
10. "The Stars Our Destination" 2:58
11. "Transporté sans bouger" 4:20
12. "L'enfer des formes" 3:53
13. "Outer Accelerator" 5:21
14. "New Orthophony" 4:34
15. "Fiery Yellow" (Tim Gane / Sean O'Hagan) 4:04

The bonus disc contained the songs "Ulan Bator" and "Klang Tone", later re-released on Aluminum Tunes: Switched On, Vol. 3.

Personnel[edit]

  • Lætitia Sadier – vocals, guitar, Vox organ, Moog synthesizer, tambourine
  • Tim Gane – guitar, Vox organ, Moog synthesizer, percussion
  • Sean O'Hagan – guitar, Vox & Farfisa organs
  • Andy Ramsay – drums
  • Mary Hansen – vocals, guitar, tambourine
  • Duncan Brown – guitar, bass, background vocals
  • Katharine Gifford – keyboards

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phares, Heather. "Mars Audiac Quintet – Stereolab". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Stereolab: Mars Audiac Quintet". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8. 
  4. ^ Jackon, Devon (19 August 1994). "Mars Audiac Quintet". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Stereolab: Mars Audiac Quintet". Q (97): 126. October 1994. 
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 779–81. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  7. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  8. ^ Mason, Stewart. 'International Colouring Contest' at AllMusic. Retrieved October 8 2016.
  9. ^ "Top 100 Albums of the 1990s: 80–71". Pitchfork Media. 17 November 2003. Retrieved 21 October 2012.