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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
A lot happened to Charlotte Gainsbourg between the release of 5:55 and IRM. Along with appearing in I'm Not There as one of Bob Dylan's wives, a 2007 water skiing accident pushed her brain to the side and filled her skull with blood, a condition that should have killed or paralyzed her. After emergency surgery, Gainsbourg was fine physically, but still convinced she could die at any moment, undergoing several MRI scans to prove she was all right. She also took one of her most daring roles as an actress, appearing in Lars Von Trier's uncompromising film Antichrist as a violently deranged, grieving mother who disfigures herself and her husband. This mix of fragility and ...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
A lot happened to Charlotte Gainsbourg between the release of 5:55 and IRM. Along with appearing in I'm Not There as one of Bob Dylan's wives, a 2007 water skiing accident pushed her brain to the side and filled her skull with blood, a condition that should have killed or paralyzed her. After emergency surgery, Gainsbourg was fine physically, but still convinced she could die at any moment, undergoing several MRI scans to prove she was all right. She also took one of her most daring roles as an actress, appearing in Lars Von Trier's uncompromising film Antichrist as a violently deranged, grieving mother who disfigures herself and her husband. This mix of fragility and boldness is also the heart of IRM, Gainsbourg's collaboration with Beck. As with 5:55, which featured Nigel Godrich, Jarvis Cocker, and Air, her choice of collaborators is perfect, but the results couldn't be more different. Where her previous album 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 Café 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 on Gainsbourg's post-surgery experiences that incorporates the sound of MRI scans IRM is the French abbreviation of MRI with a tribal, distorted beat and detached vocals that are closer to Broadcast than any of her previous music. 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 favor 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. Gainsbourg's mental and physical healing process unites the album's experiments, making them personal. "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, IRM gives Gainsbourg's music a new lease on life.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/2010
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 825646842476
  • Catalog Number: 522709
  • Sales rank: 53,891

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Master's Hand (2:49)
  2. 2 Irm (2:35)
  3. 3 Le Chat Du Café Des Artistes (4:02)
  4. 4 In the End (2:00)
  5. 5 Heaven Can Wait (2:40)
  6. 6 Me and Jane Doe (3:20)
  7. 7 Vanities (3:38)
  8. 8 Time of the Assassins (2:45)
  9. 9 Trick Pony (2:52)
  10. 10 Greenwich Mean Time (2:25)
  11. 11 Dandelion (3:17)
  12. 12 Voyage (4:04)
  13. 13 La Collectionneuse (5:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlotte Gainsbourg Primary Artist, Flute, Piano, Vocals
Beck Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Marimbas, Vocals, keyboard bass
Alex Acuña Percussion, Track Performer, Musician
David Campbell Conductor, Track Performer, Musician
Luis Conte Track Performer, Musician
Jason Falkner Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Track Performer, Musician
James Gadson Drums, Track Performer, Musician
Greg Kurstin Track Performer, Musician
David Ralicke Trombone, Saxophone, Track Performer, Musician
Matt Sherrod Drums, Track Performer, Musician
Joey Waronker Percussion, Drums, Track Performer, Musician
Justin Meldal-Johnsen Percussion, Track Performer, Musician
Drew Brown Bass, Strings, Keyboards
Matt Mahaffey Banjo, Track Performer, Musician
Matt Demeritt Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer, Musician
Monique McGuffin Harp
Brian Lebarton Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Celeste, Drums, Marimbas, Tambourine, Track Performer, Musician
Hedi Slimane Track Performer, Musician
Chris Bautista Trumpet, Track Performer, Musician
Bram Inscore Bass, Celeste, Track Performer, Musician
Timothy Young Track Performer, Musician
Lulu Gainsbourg Track Performer, Musician
Yvan Attal Track Performer, Musician
Paul Livingstone Track Performer, Musician
Monique McDuffin-Newman Track Performer, Musician
Christopher B. Lea Track Performer, Musician
Ben Attal Drums, Track Performer, Musician
Alice Attal Talking, Track Performer, Musician
Technical Credits
Beck Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
David Campbell String Arrangements
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Michel Robidoux Composer
Jean-Pierre Ferland Composer
Charlotte Gainsbourg Composer
Guillaume Apollinaire Composer
Drew Brown Engineer, String Arrangements, drum programming
Darrell Thorp Engineer
Dean Nelson Engineer
Brian Lebarton drum machine
Nathalie Canguilhem Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    What A Duo!

    This CD is truly a great effort made by both Beck and Charlotte Gainsbourg. It is really unique, and a treat to hear what these artists sound like together. You can definitely hear Beck's influence on this album as it is much more energetic than Charlotte's 5:55. Very good indeed! One of the few well made/produced CDs of 2010!

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