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Following his 2006 sophomore album, Friendly Fire, Sean Lennon struck up a romance with model Charlotte Kemp Muhl, their relationship soon turning musical as they formed the duo the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. The first fruit of their labor is Acoustic Sessions, a spacy baroque-folk fantasia floating on overdubbed harmonies and gently plucked guitars, accentuated by harmoniums and keyboards that sound like old music boxes. It's a delicate, precious setting, not overly fussy but certainly mannered in its bohemian allusions, whether deliberate Abbey Road references or Lennon and Muhl singing about Aristotle and "Shroedinger’s Cat." Everything here is so gentle it threatens to drift away, but its muted nature is a nice contrast to Lennon's previous records, which tended to be overthought and undercooked. Acoustic Sessions has more in common with his off-kilter soundtrack to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead — it's not studied, it's casual, which means that even if it's not devoid of whimsy it's not self-satisfied about it, and that's a welcome change.
Here Comes The Son
Move over Serge Gainsbourg! Sean and Charlotte have created the first great (and perfect) American French pop album. Paul McCartney tells a story that "Michelle" was based on a fake french song that he and John used to play to seduce girls at parties. (They mumbled so they sounded french). But this is a far more serious and surprisingly wonderful album. I heard Sean and Charlotte play a tiny desk concert on NPR and it was even better live I thought. Even more charming and engaging. This is really smart and often dark french pastry cooked to perfection. I honestly didn't expect this caliber of music from what at first appeared to be a silly vanity project between a Beatle boy and his pouty model gf. But lo and behold, this is the surprise of the year to me. The tunes are melodic, the harmonies are blended with love and honey, the playing is pristine. This is the perfect red wine late night album for young lovers. Trust me on this: I know from what I speak. This is drop dead fabulous music. Congrats kids. All you need is love...and a whole lot of talent.
Glad I discovered them late...
I didn't hear about GOASTT until about a week ago. I stumbled upon them thanks to NPR actually. Haha. I'm just glad o didn't know about them earlier because waiting for their album would have been unbearable. This album is amazing and I can't wait to hear more from this duo in the future.
This is the prettiest and sweetest album I've heard in a long time. I was surprised at how beautiful Charlotte Kemp Muhl's voice is. Sean Lennon has never disappointed me before, but I have to say that this album is my favorite of his collaborative efforts. Simply perfect!
Years Active: '10s
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||Jardin Du Luxembourg||Jardin Du Luxembourg||2:29||$0.99||View In iTunes|