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Editors’ Notes

Combining previously unreleased material with live recordings, Stage Whisper offers glimpses of Charlotte Gainsbourg as both sultry pop chanteuse and rough-edged electronica diva. On the studio tracks here, she again proves her skill at blurring boundaries between the sinister and the erotic while retaining her elusive cool. The harsh, synthesizer-drenched slink of the Beck-produced “Terrible Angels” and “Paradisco” is matched with the wistful acoustic folk sounds of “Memoir” (featuring The Villagers’ Conor O’Brien) and “Anna.” In “White Telephone” and “All the Rain,” Gainsbourg radiates melancholy and desire in equal measure against moody, insinuating backdrops. The album’s live cuts are more than restatements of her familiar tunes; songs like “Set Yourself on Fire,” “IRM,” and “Trick Pony” gain a grit and ferocity only hinted at in their studio versions. Her dreamy rendition of Dylan’s “Just Like a Woman” proves a weirdly effective lead-in to the throbbing obsession of “The Operation.” Taken together, these tracks create a seductively compelling portrait of this fascinating artist.

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Charlotte's Web...

Once I get listening to Charlotte Gainsbourg, I am reminded why I buy her music in the first place. No, she's not the hit factory known as Adele, but consider her simple Nico-esque cover of Dylan's "Just Like A Woman." So delectable! The first eight songs are new, some from her work with Beck, and they are essential listening. Some critics say the live songs are not vital to the album, but I disagree. I love hearing her live because I missed her live, and there are some new songs in there. I am strangely attracted to this artist ever since 2009's IRM came out. Charlottes musical web will hold you!

Another great album by Charlotte

This record now makes three back-to-back-to-back amazing records by Charlotte Gainsbourg and her various writing/production teams. She's established her own voice apart from mom and dad (famous musicians - Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin) and has shown that she not only makes the right choices in what material to present and form together in album form but pulls it all off in singular fashion. Mysterious, delicate, interesting and always enjoyable this record is highly recommended.

Biography

Born: July 21, 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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