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Stage Whisper

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Editorial Reviews

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)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 13, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra
  • ASIN: B005ZXBAPQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,002 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. She had a large and seasoned band supporting her, and it made one of the most memorable sets of the festival for me (the other one being Florence + the Machine, but that's another story). Meanwhile, "Stage Whisper" is a great addition to "IRM" and a must-have for any fan of Charlotte Gainsbourg. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob Kleiner on September 2, 2012
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I Love Charlotte I Love Beck... every amazing artist is entitled to have songs that don't turn out amazing. You just shouldn't put them out. This B-sides collection should come with an apology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By candicemh on March 8, 2012
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Charlotte Gainsbourg's voice is so dreamy and lovely, just like her songs. As with "Irm" this album doesn't disappoint. Just one more groovy, soulful album for my fabulously eclectic Ipod.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By marcus_edens on January 27, 2012
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Stage Whisper is IRM redux, and it rules. Some people may not get into some of the more surreal lyrics (White Telephone is just okay to me) but if you like breathless, feminine vocals and excellent tunes, then this CD comes highly recommended.
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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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