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Stereo Total

My Melody

(Kill Rock Stars; US: 21 Mar 2006; UK: Available as import)

Ah, more inspired Europop lunacy from Berlin’s finest, Stereo Total. Not much has changed since Stereo Total’s U.S. debut effort last year, but when you draw from a palate this big, there’s little chance of running out of fresh material. As before, Stereo Total makes a tour through the European language set and virtually every genre of pop music you can name. This time around, they’ve upped the new wave quotient considerably and are dabbling in a bit of rockabilly (“Vilaines Filles, Mauvais Garcons”, in French no less). Then there’s the utter delight of Serge Gainsborough-meets-C3PO on “Larmes Toxiques”—who knew French pop could sound this spacey? My Melody is an all-around delight, where you never know what to expect and are always pleasantly surprised.

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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