Laetitia Sadier ~ Silencio
After the demise of Stereolab, French musician Laetitia Sadier struck out on her own path. Silencio is Laetitia Sadier's second proper solo album, following her fantastic The Trip. Paired again with her ex-husband and Stereolab member, Tim Gane, Sadier created an album that is both charming and chaotic. While The Trip was (unfortunately) lost in a wave of Stereolab comparisons, Silencio does well to push Sadier further away from the shadow of her former band.
Sadier's first solo album was an exercise in mourning her recently departed sister - Silencio is much less personal in that regard. Many of the songs here are influenced from the increasingly dramatic political tensions in Europe. Even though the bulk of the lyrics come from Sadier's unrest with politics, the music on Silencio ranges rather wildly on a case-by-case basis. Tempos and styles vary so much that the only thing that really brings the album together is its political overtones and Sadier's exceptional voice.