5:55 [Bonus Tracks]

5:55 [Bonus Tracks]

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by Charlotte Gainsbourg
     
 

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Even though 5:55 isn't technically Charlotte Gainsbourg's first solo album (that would be Charlotte for Ever, which was released when she was 13), it is her first solo album as an adult and, with the help of a dream team of collaborators, it's a fittingly sophisticated set that touches on her father Serge's brilliantly louche, literate pop without being

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Even though 5:55 isn't technically Charlotte Gainsbourg's first solo album (that would be Charlotte for Ever, which was released when she was 13), it is her first solo album as an adult and, with the help of a dream team of collaborators, it's a fittingly sophisticated set that touches on her father Serge's brilliantly louche, literate pop without being overshadowed by it. Air's Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas Godin (who paid tribute to Serge Gainsbourg particularly well on 10,000 Hz Legend's "Wonder Milky Bitch") wrote 5:55's delicate music, while Jarvis Cocker and the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon penned its lyrics. This mingling of French and English influences is mirrored in Gainsbourg's subtly expressive voice and accent, which provides the perfect complement to the album's lush sounds and vivid imagery. On "AF607105" -- the most Air-like song here -- she's a stewardess recounting the most glamorous plane crash ever; she performs an autopsy on a relationship on "The Operation," finally stating that "the heart was rejected by the host." As good as the atmospheric heartache of the first half of 5:55 is, it's on the second half, when Gainsbourg and her crew stretch out a bit, that the album really gets interesting. "Jamais," a slightly tough, witty cautionary tale about literally acting like you're in love, is a standout, while the sexy, obsessive "Beauty Mark" and "Everything I Cannot See" would make her father proud. [5:55 was released in the U.S. with two bonus tracks, "Set Yourself on Fire" and "Somewhere Between Waking and Sleeping."]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2007
Label:
Vice Records
UPC:
0075678999680
catalogNumber:
947032
Rank:
280382

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlotte Gainsbourg   Primary Artist
Tony Allen   Drums
Jeremy Stacey   Drums
Nigel Godrich   Synthesizer,Piano
Jean-Benoît Dunckel   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Glockenspiel,Choir, Chorus,Moog Synthesizer,Vibes,Synthesizer Bass,Synthesizer Drums,Synthesizer Strings
Nicolas Godin   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Glockenspiel,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,12-string Guitar,Melodica,Synthesizer Drums
Neil Hannon   Acoustic Guitar
Tony Allen   Drums

Technical Credits

Jarvis Cocker   Composer
Nigel Godrich   Producer
Suzie Katayama   String Contractor
Jean-Benoît Dunckel   Composer
Nicolas Godin   Composer
Charlotte Gainsbourg   Composer
Joby Talbot   String Arrangements
Neil Hannon   Composer
Darrell Thorp   Engineer
Dan Grech-Marguerat   Engineer
Floriant Lagatta   Engineer

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