Laetitia Sadier Ukrainian Federation, Montreal, QC, September 19

Laetitia SadierUkrainian Federation, Montreal, QC, September 19
Were expectations too high and based upon Laetitia Sadier's notorious pedigree? Yes. Nevertheless, the former Stereolab singer had a room that seemed won in advance before she even struck a chord on her SG. Still, the trio, buffed up by electronic sequences that resonated well with the natural reverb of the venue, didn't perk up the evening after a sloppy intro, and by two songs into the set, it was clear that even though Sadier's voice is a truly sumptuous coo, some of the magic was not operating. The soft-spoken singer joked about it, calling their missed cue ''teenagers jamming.'' Although Sadier's performance managed to showcase the trio's handful of versatile, folky Tropicália-tinged numbers from the singer's recent Silencio album, their Pop Montreal set was at best the extra push needed to listen to the LP at home and call it a night.

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