Cibo Matto – Stereo Type A


Double LP

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Vinyl M

The album received positive reviews upon its release, with Melody Maker calling it “album of the year so far. Purely joyous pop.” Time Out magazine also named it “pure pop LP of the year so far.”[2]

Heather Phrase of AllMusic says of the album: “Relying less on samples and more on their latent funk and jazz elements, Stereo ★ Type A sounds like summer in New York — eclectic, hot, and funky. …Stereo ★ Type As overall sound is more direct and less fanciful than of their debut album Viva! La Woman.”[1]

In their interview with the band, Barnes & Noble noted the band moving away from writing songs about food, opining the album is a “diverse collection of tracks that includes metal-edged rockers, lounge-influenced pop, pithy hip-hop — and only one song about culinary delicacies (‘Sci-Fi Wasabi’).”[5]

Independent publication SOMA Magazine stated: “Stereo ★ Type A confirms that the best way to make pop music is by combining multiple styles… Combined with Yuka Honda’s style for sampling and Miho’s sensual vocals, Stereo ★ Type A is a complete success.”[2] Duke University‘s student newspaper The Chronicle summarized: “It’s a funky alternative to G-105 and definitely a sign that all pop music hasn’t gone to hell yet. Here’s to hoping Honda and Hatori can bring it back.”[3]


From the liner notes of Stereo ★ Type A:

Additional musicians (“special guests”)