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Terrible Angels - EP

Charlotte Gainsbourg

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After collaborating on her 2010 album IRM, Beck and Charlotte Gainsbourg joined forces again for the title-track to her 2011 Terrible Angles EP. Beck’s Midas touch is immediately noticeable from the beginning as “Terrible Angels” begins with Gainsbourg cooing over skittering videogame bleeps and blips before a big, booming bass drops under programmed beats and a jangly tambourine. Floating above all these groovy mechanics, Gainsbourg’s lilting inflections squeeze subtle hints of emotion through a demure cool. The acoustic-based “Memoir” is much easier on the ears as she whisper-sings preciously over simple guitar strumming and minimal ambient accompaniment. Written by Conor O’Brien (Villagers), “Memoir” finds Gainsbourg inadvertently recalling some late-‘60s recordings by Claudine Longet. A forerunner to Stage Whisper, Gainsbourg’s double album of live and unreleased material, the EP is bookended with two live recordings; an over-the-top version of “IRM” followed by a beautifully intimate acoustic rendering of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like a Woman” replete with spare glockenspiel.

Biography

Born: 21 July 1971 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Charlotte Gainsbourg may be better known as an accomplished actress than as a musician, but her singing career has also been significant. Around the same time she began acting, Gainsbourg also started singing professionally. At 13 years old, she recorded her debut, Charlotte for Ever, an album of songs written by her father, singer/songwriter/provocateur Serge Gainsbourg, that was inspired by the film he directed and in which they both starred. The infamous father-daughter duet "Lemon Incest" mirrored...
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