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Stage Whisper includes seven studio recordings and eleven live songs. Many of the studio tracks come from sessions for IRM, one of the most celebrated albums of 2010.

The New York Times called it "an engrossingly eclectic pop record and a kind of coming-out party: the first time that Ms. Gainsbourg the chanteuse has displayed the charisma of Charlotte Gainsbourg the actress."

Vanity Fair deemed the album "an enigmatic, varied, and sonically complex tour de force." In a four-star review, UNCUT lauded the album's "relentlessly forward-looking, hybridized pop vision."

These releases coincide with considerable acclaim Gainsbourg is receiving for her most recent collaboration with Lars Von Trier, Melancholia (2011).

1. Terrible Angels
2. Paradisco
3. All The Rain
4. White Telephone
5. Anna
6. Got To Let Go (feat. Charlie Fink of Noah & The Whale)
7. Out Of Touch
8. Memoir
9. IRM (Live)
10. Set Yourself On Fire (Live)
11. Jamais (Live)
12. Heaven Can Wait (Live)
13. In The End (Live)
14. AF607105 (Live)
15. Just Like A Woman (Live)
16. The Operation (Live)
17. The Songs That We Sing (Live)
18. Voyage (Live)
19. Trick Pony (Live)

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  • Audio CD (December 13, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,156 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD
In early 2010, Charlotte Gainsbourg released "IRM", her excellent collaboration with Beck, and it was one of my favorite albums from last year (it made my top 3 of 2010). Now, 22 months later comes this release, a smorgasbord of unreleased and live tracks.

"Stage Whispers" (19 tracks; 66 min.) is really 2 albums in one. The unreleased studio songs (8 tracks; 28 min.) are "left-overs" from the IRM sessions. But don't think for a minute that these songs are "lesser" than what appeared on IRM. The first 4 tracks are all Beck-penned, and each is better than the other, starting with the opener (and 1st single) "Terrible Angels", but check out the stomping "All This Rain", just great. The 4 non-Beck written songs are fine too, especially "Got To Let Go" (featuring Charlie Fink of Noah & the Whale) and "Memoir". But one can see why these songs wouldn't have fitted on the "IRM" album proper. The live songs (11 tracks; 38 min.) bring a mix of IRM tracks and previous album tracks (in particular "5:55"). The liner notes indicate that these tracks were recorded on the June/July 2010 European tour in support of "IRM". While on the studio album Charlotte's voice sounds at time sounds paper-thin, it's clear from these live recordings that she can bring it full-force, check out tracks like "IRM" and the medley of "Set Yourself On Fire/Jamais". In all this is quite the collection. I have no idea why it took almost 2 years to get this out after "IRM" was released, but better late than never.

I had the good fortune of seeing Charlotte Gainsbourg in concert at Coachella in April '10, where she brought many of these same songs live.
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Charlotte Gainsbourg has a somewhat thin voice that may remind you of more well-known singers such as Suzanna Vega, Dido or Francoise Hardy. Though her voice may not be that strong, there is something very captivating and relevant over it, and her way of conveying the songs is quite convincing. Musically, she draws a great deal on the avangarde tradition which artists like Nico, Eno and others began in the 1960-70’s, but there is, of course, also kinship with her famous father Serge Gainsbourg.

This CD release consists of two parts; a studio part with outtakes; preferably from the "IRM" sessions and a live branch, where she with a great band deliveres a fine and intense eleven tracks set.

The first four studio tracks are written by Beck, and their techno / avant-garde style never really captivate me. The duet with Charlie Fink "Got to Let Go" is on the other hand very nice and catchy, and the two quiet songs "Out of Touch" and "Memoir" are also great tracks.

On the live part the songs are selected from Gainsbourgs two fine albums "5:55" and "IRM". On the former, Jarvis Cocker was frequent contributor as a songwriter and most of these are really great; especially "Jamais", "AF607105", "The Operation" and of course the very catchy "The Songs that we Sing" are favorites. From this album comes also Dylan's "Just Like a Woman", which Gainsbourg gives a fine and personal interpretation.

Beck's songs from "IRM" are generally less melodic but of course fine; My favorite among these is "Heaven Can Wait"

No question that Charlotte Gainsbourg with this set comes out a fine and original performer
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By Dan Lebryk TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 16, 2011
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Stage Whisper is two albums in one, a leftovers album and a live recording. Overall, this is not Charlotte Gainsbourg's best effort, IRM and 5:55 are much better albums.

The album has 19 tracks. The first eight are from studio recorded leftover sessions as collaborated with on with Beck. The studio sessions are like the bonus features on a DVD, the deleted scenes. Sometimes those deleted scenes are outstanding and add new light to the film. Most times, those scenes were deleted for a good reason. Sadly, these first eight tracks should have been left on the editing room floor.

IRM is an amazing album; over a year later I still listen to that album frequently. It is on heavy rotation on my media player. I love Charlotte Gainsbourg, she is an incredible actress and I think an amazing singer, she blends the best of her mother Jane Birkin (breathless seventies sex kitten) and her father Serge Gainsbourg. But darn it to all, these latest songs just have no passion, no hooks, no catchy phrasing. A few tracks are littered with a male singer and others with electronica dance trance music. All the songs are in English, this is potentially a good thing for Americans, however her voice struggles with the words. This is such a letdown from her previous two albums.

The live sessions are no better. One reason I rediscovered Charlotte Gainsbourg was her performance January 25, 2010 of Trick Pony on David Letterman. That was gritty, passionate, emotional, driving, and got me really excited and curious about her new album. The live recordings on this disc feel like she was going through the motions and phoned in the performance. I'm a huge fan of live performances, the songs shouldn't sound like the studio recordings - they should be full of life and excitement.
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