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Editors’ Notes

Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier was always the band’s most intriguing member. Her side project Monade was equally alluring. Her voice offers a distanced sensuality that can send a chill into a room. Her 2010 debut solo album is, on the surface, a very pleasant outing, filled with tunes that glide past with sleek, modern keyboards and harmony vocals that land in unexpected places. Richard Swift, Rebecca Gates and April March add their support in a number of crucial spots. A closer listen reveals just how sad and desperate things are underneath the music’s placid surface. The album is dedicated to Laetitia’s younger sister Noelle, whose suicide haunts it. “One Million Year Trip” pines, “I lost someone precious,” and from there Sadier begins her journey into emptiness and philosophical comforts. “Natural Child” has a wonderful flow. “Statues Can Bend” features a solid, unyielding keyboard pumping chords in necessary duty.  A brief cover of “Summertime” feels perfect in capturing the feeling of time soon gone.

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A Fine Addition

If you're a fan of Stereolab or Monade, this is a solid record. The songs may not be as instantly memorable as some of those on Monade's two releases, but overall I think this album has a more eclectic sound ("Un Soir, Un Chien" is a nice touch, very unlike anything from Monade). The production is excellent - to me, it sounds a bit cleaner and deeper than Monade's two records - and it's a nice fit for Laetitia's medium-rare composition. If you're waiting for Stereolab's Not Music (coming out in November) this is a fine appetizer.

My favorite song!!!!

I cannot believe the planets have aligned so perfectly!
My favorite band (Stereolab), my favorite song ever (Un Soir, Un Chien by Les Rita Mitsouko)... I could not be happier!!! Thank you Laetitia for covering such a wonderful, amazing song!


Being a huge fan of Monade and Lab i got this album with the hope of great songs. Not only did Laetitia deliver great songs she added a deeply emotional human element to the album. The Trip will be on my TopTen for years to come.


Born: May 6, 1968

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known as the lead vocalist for Stereolab, Laetitia Sadier was born in France and was working as a nanny in the late '80s when she met McCarthy member Tim Gane at one of the band's gigs in Paris. She followed Gane to London and the duo formed Stereolab soon after McCarthy disbanded in 1990. The pair was inspired by lounge-pop, bossa nova, film music, and Krautrock, but Sadier's hypnotic vocals and leftist lyrics made the band's sound even more distinctive. Stereolab earned critical acclaim...
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