Debut solo album from Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier

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Monade – Socialisme Ou Barbarie

Subtitled ‘The Bedroom Recordings’, Sadier, with sometime assistance from Pram, airs tracks assembled between 1996 and 2002. And the quality varies. At times displaying her parent band’s exquisite Kraut-MOR arrangements (“Vol De Jour”), more often Socialisme is flat and threadbare (“Un Secret Sans Importance”, “Un Express”). To her credit, Sadier moves away from familiar Stereolab territory. Nocturnal folk and wonky trombone diversions create a lulling atmosphere, while “Graine De Beaut