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Charlotte Gainsbourg
FILTER Grade: 84%

By Clare R. Lopez on November 10, 2011


Charlotte Gainsbourg

A successful blend of ostensibly distinct musical styles and elements, last year’s collaborative effort by Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beck, IRM, set the bar rather high. So it makes sense for the subsequent full-length to be a double album. Part live performances and part unreleased studio material, Stage Whisper doesn’t hold back. With songs from 5:55 and IRM, the 11 live tracks showcase Gainsbourg’s lithe vocals, especially on her pristine cover of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like a Woman.” Nevertheless, the seven new songs are easily the best portion of the records. While electronic anthem “Terrible Angels” was also written and produced by Beck, this album sees Gainsbourg ease into other creative partnerships and spaces—from a solemn duet with Charlie Fink (of Noah and the Whale) on “Got to Let Go” to the stripped-down “Memoir” composed by Conor O’Brien (of Villagers). Through the past and present, Stage Whisper is a sound step onwards.

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