Country : United Kingdom Label : Drag City Genres and styles : Alt-Pop / Art Pop / Experimental Dream Pop Year : 2024

Laetitia Sadier – Rooting for Love

· by Varun Swarup

Even if Rooting for Love doesn’t reinvent Laetitia Sadier’s musical identity as the former singer and songwriter of Stereolab, it warmly harkens back to their heyday in addressing the absurd and deathly socio-political landscape of the 2020s. Sadier’s distinctive deadpan vocals and sardonic lyricism are as sharp as ever, in English or French, and it’s clear she’s has come something to say. A sense of urgency is distilled from the start of the album, with the compelling opening number “Who + What”. The song is a call to action, cadencing in Sadier repeatedly asking of us “who and what can we be?”, clearly pointing to the potential that we risk to lose all in the pursuit of material gain. 

However, no matter how dark the theme, Sadier reminds us of her sense of humour, and a spirit of playfulness courses through this album’s veins. “Une Autre Attente” serves as a firm reminder of Sadier’s strong and economic pop songwriting. 

Sonically, Rooting for Love encapsulates Sadier’s trademark retro-futurist arrangements, characterised by infectious melodies, psychedelic grooves, and a knack for experimentalism that defined Stereolab’s sound. This nostalgic embrace of the past, coupled with a keen awareness of the present, results in a musical experience that feels both timeless and relevant.

However, for those not deeply entrenched in the Stereolab universe or anticipating a bold departure from Sadier’s established sound, Rooting for Love may not make a profound impact. The album, while skillfully crafted and emotionally resonant, lacks the spirit of surprise or groundbreaking innovation that often accompanies artists exploring new creative avenues. It ultimately serves as yet another comforting reminder of the musical journey that Sadier has been an integral part of throughout her career. 

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