As a dedicated francophile and one who is in love with La Science des Rêves, I listened to Charlotte Gainsbourg’s whispery sophomore album, 5:55 a whole dang lot. Naturally, I was ecstatic when I found out earlier this year that she was due out with another album, which turned out to become IRM. When Alex showed me the video for “Heaven Can Wait,” I was not disappointed. And when I obtained said album, I still remained undisappointed, which is a grand feat for me ever since Rilo Kiley’s Under The Blacklight killed me. It took me a while to get used to Charlotte’s new, very Beck-influenced style (obviously), but I’d say that all in all, Ms. Gainsbourg’s musical career has taken a turn for the better with Beck on board. The percussion is heavy, gritty, and groovy and her voice rises at times from a Jane Birkin whisper to new, messy volumes. And just like in 5:55, she doesn’t shy away from using bells. And it’s brilliantly beautiful. Now I just wish she’d begin writing her own lyrics instead of collaborating for everything she does.
Highlights: “IRM”, “In The End”, “Heaven Can Wait”, “Me and Jane Doe”, and “Time Of The Assassins”, but I’m really in love with most of the tracks here.
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