This collection of songs was cut during the singer's tenure with Capitol Records during the late '50s and early '60s. The majority of them appealed to pop and country audiences; they achieved wide crossover popularity for the artist, and more importantly, introduced a host of then up-and-coming songwriters such as Don Gibson, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson (the latter penned the number one hit "Hello Walls").
With the first of Stereolab's deluxe reissues arriving, it's the perfect time to revisit their music. Chemical Chords may be the final album of the group's original run, but it's just as vital-sounding as their earlier work. Full of concise tracks fizzing with urgency and immediacy, it finds Stereolab trying on Motown, chamber pop, acid rock and more with delightful results.