In the '90s, Stereolab albums were charming junkshops selling rock history's neglected treasures, mainly '60s French pop and '70s Krautrock. This decade, on one chirpy release after another, the London-based group's extreme stylistic conservatism has been laid bare, its retro-rock demoted from "ironic" to merely "vintage." And just like a quirky corner store stuffily rebranded as "An Authoritative Dealer of Mid-Century Modern Furniture," Stereolab long ago streamlined its wares, meanwhile losing a sense of humor (never mind adventure) for what the... More >>>