Album Reviews: November 2006


Charlotte Gainsbourg - 5.55 (Because Music/Atlantic) 04/09/2006

N: Charlotte Gainsbourg, actress, singer and chanteuse is an artist who not only being one of French cinema's brightest stars and of course daughter of the great Serge, is one who has worked with such luminaries as French duo Air, Jarvis Cocker and the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon among only a few. This album, a product of these relationships sees Charlotte project her message with a breathy refrain that will have you thinking of Black Box Recorder's Sarah Nixey, although here these are at first so lost, it's not entirely clear that this is intended. The musical composition is a richly layered sheet where classical meets instruments that fit so well, the songs come alive. I have found myself enchanted by this album, musically wonderful and lyrically highly personal, with each breath Charlotte takes, she is suducing the listener.

T: It's undoubtedly a good, strong album, if not exactly an astonishing one. I think what the ginger one says is pretty much spot on. Charlotte is well worth the money you pay for her...not that I've ever paid for women, you understand... 8/10

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