Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM

Double 2LP Black Vinyl Records Reissue + CD

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IRM is the third studio album by French electro pop singer songwriter Charlotte Gainsbourg, originally released in December 2009 via Because Music.

Where her previous album 5:55 (2006) was ethereal and ephemeral, IRM is exciting and eclectic. Beck and Gainsbourg bring out the best in each other: His songwriting and production are so sympathetic and wide-ranging that he's like a director guiding Gainsbourg to inspired performances. Meanwhile, she brings an emotionality and presence to Beck's flights of fancy that make them more grounded than they would have been as his own songs.

IRM still offers plenty of beautiful French atmosphere, but it's more mussed than on 5:55. The way the strings turn from romantic to a little sinister on the slinky 'Le Chat du Cafe des Artistes' is decidedly jolie laide, while 'La Collectioneuse' is as eerie as it is lovely. However, the album delivers much more than looser versions of where Gainsbourg has been before.

IRM's title track is a hallucinatory meditation... Elsewhere, she dives into deceptively simple folky pop with 'Me and Jane Doe' while 'Trick Pony's breathy sexuality and strutting beats feel like Beck repaying the favour of sampling Serge Gainsbourg's 'Melody Nelson' on Sea Change's 'Paper Tiger’.

The pair gets more daring as IRM unfolds, with Beck casting Gainsbourg as a world-weary siren on 'Dandelion's bluesy shuffle, and a sneering rebel on the brittle 'Greenwich Mean Time,' which makes more noise than all of the songs on 5:55 put together... 'Heaven Can Wait's joyful stomp is self-explanatory, but when she sings 'you could learn to crawl where you used to walk' on 'Vanities,' or 'It doesn't take a miracle to raise a heart from the dead' on 'Time of the Assassins,' it adds even more depth. Playful, heartfelt, and unexpected.

This double album 2LP record set is a 2015 reissue on black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with a CD album copy, pressed in France via Because Music.

 

(5060281619778)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Master's Hands

2:49

A2

IRM

2:35

A3

Le Chat Du Café Des Artistes

4:17

B1

In The End

2:00

B2

Heaven Can Wait

2:41

B3

Me And Jane Doe

3:50

C1

Vanities

3:38

C2

Time Of The Assassins

2:46

C3

Trick Pony

2:53

C4

Greenwich Mean Time

2:26

D1

Dandelion

3:21

D2

Voyage

4:05

D3

La Collectionneuse

5:18

CD Album Copy:

1

Master's Hands

2:49

2

IRM

2:35

3

Le Chat Du Café Des Artistes

4:17

4

In The End

2:00

5

Heaven Can Wait

2:41

6

Me And Jane Doe

3:50

7

Vanities

3:38

8

Time Of The Assassins

2:46

9

Trick Pony

2:53

10

Greenwich Mean Time

2:26

11

Dandelion

3:21

12

Voyage

4:05

13

La Collectionneuse

5:18

SKU 5060281619778
Record Label Because Music
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number BEC5161977
Country FR - France
Release Date (Year) 17 February 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 07 December 2009
Barcode # 5060281619778
Shipping Weight 0.4900kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Reissue, CD
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP+CD

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