The Trip

Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. The Trip feels like an expansion into new territory. Without Gane and his spacey-cool affectations, Sadier is free to revel in warm, rich balladry.
  2. The Trip is casual, low-stakes pop that is easy to live with.
  3. Where Stereolab's songwriting was tangential and detached, with lyrics arranged around the melody, Sadier's solo work is deeply reflective, her words at center stage.
  4. 80
    Caressed by gentle guitars and synths, her elegantly serene voice and airy melodies impart a sense of stubborn, reassuring endurance in the face of soul-crushing melancholy.
  5. Under The Radar
    Oct 26, 2010
    70
    This is a gentler, more serene affair, ad one that fits the tracks' ruminations on decidedly grave subject matters like a glove. [Fall 2010, p.68]
  6. Covers aside, this is the most personal music of Sadier's career, and a promising glimpse of what she can do on her own.
  7. With The Trip, she's split the difference, crafting a modestly arranged work that showcases a variety of strengths we already knew she had.
  8. The Wire
    70
    Her voice remains a beguiling instrument, but there's a sense that the attempt to ditch the kitsch and connect more directly is compromising the originality of her vision. [Oct 2010, p.60]

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