Sound-Dust

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Sound-Dust
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Studio album by
Released28 August 2001 (2001-08-28)
RecordedOctober 2000 – February 2001
StudioSoma Electronic Music Studio (Chicago, Illinois)
Genre
Length63:32
Label
Stereolab chronology
Captain Easychord
(2001)
Sound-Dust
(2001)
ABC Music: The Radio 1 Sessions
(2002)
Singles from Sound-Dust
  1. "Captain Easychord"
    Released: 30 July 2001 (2001-07-30) (EP)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic71/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press7/10[3]
Drowned in Sound9/10[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[5]
Pitchfork7.4/10[6]
Q4/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[8]
Spin6/10[9]
Uncut9/10[10]

Sound-Dust is the seventh studio album by English-French avant-pop band Stereolab. It was first released on 28 August 2001 in the United Kingdom by Duophonic Records and on 3 September 2001 in the United States by Elektra Records. The album was recorded with producer Jim O'Rourke and John McEntire from February 2000 to 2001. The track "Nothing to Do with Me" features lyrics derived from sketches by English satirist Chris Morris.

Upon its release, limited quantities of handmade book sleeves were released for both CD and LP formats, limited to 1,200 copies for each. It was Stereolab's last album to feature singer/guitar player Mary Hansen, who died in a biking accident the following year.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tim Gane and Lætitia Sadier, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Black Ants in Sound-Dust" 1:58
2."Space Moth" 7:35
3."Captain Easychord" 5:33
4."Baby Lulu" 5:13
5."The Black Arts" 5:12
6."Hallucinex" 3:55
7."Double Rocker" 5:33
8."Gus the Mynah Bird" 6:10
9."Naught More Terrific than Man" 4:10
10."Nothing to Do with Me"
3:38
11."Suggestion Diabolique" 7:52
12."Les Bons Bons des Raisons" 6:43
Total length:63:32

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Sound-Dust adapted from album liner notes.[11]

Stereolab

Additional musicians

  • Tim Barnes – bongos on "Gus the Mynahbird"
  • Jeb Bishop – trombone
  • Dave Max Crawford – trumpet
  • Mikael Jorgensen – electric harpsichord, Rhodes piano
  • Glenn Kotche – crotales on "Captain Easychord" and "Gus the Mynahbird", marimba on "Gus the Mynahbird"
  • Rob Mazurek – cornet on "Captain Easychord" and "Gus the Mynahbird"
  • John McEntire – piano, Wurlitzer, Rhodes, RMI Rocksichord and Pianet pianos, clavinet, electric harpsichord, Farfisa organ, celesta, vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel, electronics, tape echo and delay, percussion, whistles, sound effects
  • Paul Mertens – flute, bass harmonica
  • Sean O'Hagan – piano, Wurlitzer, Rhodes, RMI Rocksichord and Pianet pianos, clavinet, electric harpsichord, Farfisa organ, celesta, acoustic and electric guitar, brass and flute arrangements
  • Jim O'Rourke – piano, Wurlitzer, Rhodes, RMI Rocksichord and Pianet pianos, clavinet, electric harpsichord, Farfisa organ, celesta, vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel, acoustic and electric guitar, electronics, tape echo and delay
  • Andy Robinson – brass and flute arrangements
  • Chad Taylor – cymbals on "The Black Arts", drums on "Nothing to Do with Me"

Production

  • Mike Jorgensen – computer assistance
  • Jeremy Lemos – engineering (additional)
  • John McEntire – engineering, mixing
  • Jim O'Rourke – engineering, mixing
  • Stereolab (as "The Group") – mixing
  • Steve Rooke – mastering

Artwork and design

Management

  • Martin Pike (as "Pikey") – manager

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Scottish Albums (OCC)[12] 90
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 117
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[14] 17
US Billboard 200[15] 178
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[16] 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sound-Dust by Stereolab". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Sound-Dust – Stereolab". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Stereolab: Sound-Dust". Alternative Press (159): 100. October 2001.
  4. ^ Eyers, Tom (6 September 2001). "Album Review: Stereolab – Sound-Dust". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  5. ^ Brunner, Rob (24 August 2001). "Sound-Dust". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  6. ^ DiCrescenzo, Brent (28 August 2001). "Stereolab: Sound-Dust". Pitchfork. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Stereolab: Sound-Dust". Q (181): 120. September 2001.
  8. ^ Walters, Barry (20 August 2001). "Stereolab: Sound-Dust". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 16 October 2007. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  9. ^ Wolk, Douglas (October 2001). "Stereolab, 'Sound-Dust' (Elektra)". Spin. 17 (10): 126. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  10. ^ Dale, Jon (November 2018). "Golden 'Lab". Uncut (258): 40.
  11. ^ Sound-Dust (liner notes). Stereolab. Duophonic Records. 2001. D-UHF-CD27.CS1 maint: others (link)
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Chart Log UK: DJ S – The System Of Life". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Stereolab Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  16. ^ "Stereolab Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 8 November 2017.

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