Saturday, October 07, 2006

Charlotte Gainsbourg - 5:55

The daughter of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin enters automatically into the pantheon of the relevant female singers of today, with an album that has an enviable list of collaborators: music by Air, lyrics by Jarvis Cocker (ex-Pulp) and Neil Hannon (Divine Comedy) and production by Nigel Goldrich (Radiohead, Beck). It could be the opposite way. With an all-star cast to help her, it would be easy to see her as a mere vehicule for their collaborators fantasies. Instead, what we have is an interpreter that absorbs their help and subtly makes them secondary figures of her own vision, such is her presence and personality that is heard in these songs. The main influence that comes to mind is actually of her father, in an album of nocturnal and ghostly fantasies and cinematographic atmospheres. Melancholic, elegant, sensual and vaguely decadent, here's a monument to french charm.

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