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Pop - Released December 5, 2011 | Because Music

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Following the quietly brilliant IRM would be a tough act for almost any artist, so Charlotte Gainsbourg extends the afterglow of her second album a bit longer with this collection of previously unreleased songs and live tracks. Featuring several songs culled from the sessions that birthed IRM, Stage Whisper’s studio tracks reaffirm that she and Beck struck gold with their collaboration: lead single and opening track “Terrible Angels” has an eerie-yet-sexy stomp that falls somewhere between Goldfrapp's glam shuffle and Broadcast's experimental electro-pop; later, the ballad “White Telephone” has an aloof intimacy that suggests Gainsbourg could very well be the successor to that group’s more accessible side after Trish Keenan's untimely death. While it’s easy to hear how these songs didn’t necessarily fit into the story that Gainsbourg and Beck told on IRM, they share the new life that album gave to her music. She spans “Paradisco”’s mischievous pop to the gorgeous, haunting “Memoir,” a largely acoustic collaboration with Villagers' Conor O’Brien that captures the freedom and isolation that comes after loving and leaving, with the ease and sensitivity she shows as an actress. Stage Whisper's live portion also highlights Gainsbourg's interpretive powers, as she and her band inject the previously clinical “IRM” with rock intensity and lock into the sly sensuality of 5:55's “Jamais.” Similarly, the way she switches from sweet detachment on “AF607105” to snarling on “The Operation” reflects the depth Gainsbourg reveals in concert. While its parts don’t quite come together in a way that rivals IRM, Stage Whisper is a welcome adjunct that celebrates Gainsbourg's skills in the studio and in front of an audience. ~ Heather Phares
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Alternative & Indie - Released November 17, 2017 | Because Music

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Being a settled down, cherished and serene artist certainly doesn’t prevent certain works from bursting out into much more intense moments. With this in mind, Rest is not just another album for Charlotte Gainsbourg. Rest isn’t just for the dead, but the living too! And for siestas… And the rest as well… Four years after the death of her sister Kate, she lays down all her cards on the table from her 46 years in this world. At the heart of this record we find the weight of a heavily charismatic father (Lying With You) as well as the watch of others (I’m A Lie) and recent tragic deaths (Kate), giving birth to an album with a rare emotional force. Clearly, Charlotte Gainsbourg has the gift of manipulating all this internal nitroglycerine with care. And, at any moment, we’re tempted to call the pathos police… To accompany her on this work of cathartic cambers, she has invited along Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo from Daft Punk with whom she co-signed the single Rest but above all, for the rest of this fifth album, she is joined by Sébastien Akchoté a.k.a. SebastiAn, a virtuoso from the electro clan Ed Banger, who has tailored here a perfect array of instrumentals. A dress made from Gainsbourgian fabrics like never before, that Sebastian sews in his own way - modern, but not too modern… One track from a certain Paul McCartney (Songbird In A Cage) and two from Connan Mockasin (Dans vos airs and Les Crocodiles) come to complete this multifaceted work that is without a doubt the most personal by the author. © MZ/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released December 14, 2018 | Because Music

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Pop - Released May 14, 2007 | Because Music

Even though 5:55 isn't technically Charlotte Gainsbourg's first solo album (that would be Charlotte for Ever, which was released when she was 13), it is her first solo album as an adult and, with the help of a dream team of collaborators, it's a fittingly sophisticated set that touches on her father Serge's brilliantly louche, literate pop without being overshadowed by it. Air's Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas Godin (who paid tribute to Serge Gainsbourg particularly well on 10,000 Hz Legend's "Wonder Milky Bitch") wrote 5:55's delicate music, while Jarvis Cocker and the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon penned its lyrics. This mingling of French and English influences is mirrored in Gainsbourg's subtly expressive voice and accent, which provides the perfect complement to the album's lush sounds and vivid imagery. On "AF607105" -- the most Air-like song here -- she's a stewardess recounting the most glamorous plane crash ever; she performs an autopsy on a relationship on "The Operation," finally stating that "the heart was rejected by the host." As good as the atmospheric heartache of the first half of 5:55 is, it's on the second half, when Gainsbourg and her crew stretch out a bit, that the album really gets interesting. "Jamais," a slightly tough, witty cautionary tale about literally acting like you're in love, is a standout, while the sexy, obsessive "Beauty Mark" and "Everything I Cannot See" would make her father proud. ~ Heather Phares
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Pop - Released December 7, 2009 | Because Music

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Pop - Released May 5, 2014 | Because Music

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Electronic/Dance - Released June 1, 2018 | Because Music

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French Music - Released November 16, 2009 | Because Music

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 12, 2018 | Because Music

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 10, 2017 | Because Music

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Pop - Released June 14, 2010 | Because Music

Alternative & Indie - Released September 21, 2017 | Because Music

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 18, 2018 | Because Music

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Pop - Released April 12, 2010 | Because Music

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 7, 2018 | Because Music

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Pop - Released September 5, 2011 | Because Music

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Pop - Released May 14, 2012 | Because Music

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Pop - Released April 2, 2012 | Because Music

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Pop - Released February 20, 2012 | Because Music

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French Music - Released April 18, 2011 | Because Music

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