Silencio - Laetitia Sadier
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. This record does indeed feel like a natural continuation of Sadier's previous body of work.
  2. Aug 14, 2012
    82
    All swelling organs, Teutonic strings and scathing political diatribes delivered in her winsome, insouciant vocal style.
  3. Aug 8, 2012
    60
    Thoughtful, tuneful, exquisitely melancholy, ever slightly off centre-- [Silencio] is, indeed, a welcome haven. [Sep 2012, p.86]
  4. Aug 2, 2012
    80
    Silencio! really soars when Sadier rails loudly against the injustices of our austerity era, as on Auscultation To The Nation. [Aug 2012, p.109]
  5. Jul 30, 2012
    70
    Lush and fully rendered in a way that recalls Stereolab's records; in fact, you'll be hard-pressed to find much to separate what's on Silencio from the band's latter-day output or to differentiate her latest batch of vocals from the thought-provoking lyrics she's delivered throughout her career.
  6. Jul 26, 2012
    80
    Musically, songs are altogether pleasant, ranging from languid to downright danceable, with undercurrents of the German art pop that influenced much of the 'Lab's sound.
  7. Jul 25, 2012
    70
    It's a bright, pretty album, so much so that it may surprise when the lyrics come into focus and reveal Sadier's concerns.
  8. Jul 25, 2012
    70
    Sometimes lying on the wood floor or recording an album of pretty retro-pop songs is all you can do, and sometimes it's enough.
  9. Jul 25, 2012
    80
    An album that begins as a one-woman cabaret show discussing humanity's past and future and remains the work of a singular voice, one that recognizes that silence is just as vital as music.
  10. Jul 24, 2012
    80
    Sadier's glorious voice could easily cover-up a multitude of sins, but it doesn't have to on Silencio because this is a great collection of songs.
  11. Jul 24, 2012
    80
    Sadier's faith in the replenishing properties of silence has reactivated her production line of perfect pop miniatures. [Jul 2012, p.62]
  12. Jul 24, 2012
    64
    There's nothing Sadier's fans won't enjoy about this record. But that doesn't mean there's much to love.
  13. Jul 24, 2012
    68
    The impeccable cool of Sadier's approach freezes out political engagement in lieu of a brand of fashionable leftism to match the sofa.
  14. Jul 24, 2012
    70
    Contrary to the urgency of the title, Silencio! is more intermission than showstopper. [No.89, p.59]
  15. Jul 24, 2012
    70
    From the simplicity in songs like "Lightning Thunderbolt" to the momentary pause before the tempo jump of "The Rule of the Game," the lyrical content of the album depends on the musicality, which itself attests for the album's strongest moments.
  16. Jul 23, 2012
    80
    Mostly, this is spry, melodic, and totally charming. [Aug 2012, p.79]
  17. Jul 23, 2012
    50
    These songs are all, for the most part, perfectly adequate, but we've heard better and stronger songs from Sadier before. It's not so much a sucker punch as a blunt disappointment from an artist who we know can do so much better.
  18. Jul 23, 2012
    80
    Sadier pulls this off 11 more times, crafting music that makes politics sound like the sexiest thing in the world.
  19. Jul 23, 2012
    80
    It's as though she's taken the lesson of The Trip--that you can get over the most extreme pain--and used it to come back to her musical home.
  20. Jul 23, 2012
    80
    Like Jack Nicholson's character in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest attempting to tear the sink out of the wall, Sadier certainly gives it hell, and it's a downright cathartic listen.
  21. 60
    Silencio is Sadier's most politically charged album yet, and it creeps out its message with a familiar-but-refreshed style.

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