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Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest

posted 8 Jan 2018, 04:06 by Scene Alba Magazine   [ updated 8 Jan 2018, 04:59 ]
4 Stars

Charlotte Gainsbourg is pretty fearless which is only right considering her lineage, here she delves into her fifth album ‘Rest’ her trademark breathy delivery over dramatic strings electronica.

Much of ‘Rest’ focuses on the deaths in Gainsbourg’s life of both her father and half sister which she expresses in both English and French and although the subject matter is sombre the album never veers into miserable introspection, indeed the single ‘Deadly Valentine’ is a throbbing piece of Daft Punk-esque electro-pop and a highlight of the album too.

That said there are slower dark moments such as the stark opener ‘Ring-a-Ring O’ Roses’ slipping the old children’s nursery rhyme into the choruses to dark effect or title track ‘Rest’ with its dreamlike state. However Gainsbourg’s exploration of these painful moments is mainly shot through with energetic electronica for the most part and it suits her sultry vocals well. Other highlights include the Paul McCartney penned ‘Songbird in a Cage’ and the thumping ‘Sylvia Says’ written one would presume about Sylvia Plath.

Like almost everything Charlotte does it’s stylish and smart, a very modern sound married to a very classy act.