Lifestyles of the Laptop Café


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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.[4][5][6]

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."[5]