Review: Charlotte Gainsbourg, ‘Stage Whisper’

Review: Charlotte Gainsbourg, ‘Stage Whisper’: Aidin Vaziri | With the saucy back catalog of her father, Serge Gainsbourg, serving as clear inspiration, French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg returns with a companion piece to last year’s excellent “IRM.” This double album collects leftovers from those sessions, produced by Beck, along with a handful of more recent studio ventures and nearly a dozen live tracks from her first-ever tour. It’s a mixed bag, to be sure, but “Terrible Angels” finds her doing sleazy electro-pop just as well as Goldfrapp, and “Memoir” is a lovely folk ballad perfectly suited to her chirpy voice. Then there’s the breathy cover of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like a Woman,” performed in concert, which should be mandatory on the playlist of every zinc-topped bar in Paris.


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