in je ogen waait de wind
conceptually this was quite prophetic wasn't it? the laptop café really is a desolate place in my opinion. do you guys drink coffee's in café's? how does it make you feel? there's one café around my corner that i sometimes go to, it's ran by a turkish family and they sell cheap coffee and some baklava and other sweet stuff. there's children running around and the owner sometimes give them free stuff. i've never seen a laptop there.
Veering away from the highly conceptual science fiction themes of Stinson's work as a member of the musical duo Drexciya, Lifestyles of the Laptop Café is a more subdued, melancholic album with tracks exploring loneliness, yearning, and disconnect, loosely linked together by recurring themes of 2000s technology and Internet culture.
In 2010, Resident Advisor named it the nineteenth best album of the 2000s; calling it "beset with the mismatch of human intimacy and depersonalized internet culture", site critic Chris Burkhalter dubbed it a "touching and human" release which "made Stinson's untimely passing a year later all the more heartbreaking."
Pitchfork's Andy Beta reflected that Stinson "looks out onto a world increasingly disassociated, communicating by computers instead of voices", calling the album "prescient in imagining our current connected-yet-disconnected state", while suggesting that it also anticipated "a shift in how people even interact with electronic music, geared more towards home listening than the club."