Childlike wonder swarms around Ladybug Mecca's solo debut, Trip the Light Fantastic
, as she skips from genre to genre and her voice flutters between singing and rapping. With each recollection of grade school, each whimsical protagonist, and each jump-rope-rhyme chorus, it's clearer that for this member of the newly reformed Digable Planets, Trip the Light Fantastic
signals, well, a rebirth. More often than not, her devil-may-care attitude is infectious, from the disc's many samba songs to "Remember When," in which she fearlessly freaks over lopsided percussion, a tangle of bongos and snares. She doesn't even blink.