Stage Whisper

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Following the quietly brilliant IRM would be a tough act for almost any artist, so Charlotte Gainsbourg extends the afterglow of her second album a bit longer with this collection of previously unreleased songs and live tracks. Featuring several songs culled from the sessions that birthed IRM, Stage Whisper's studio tracks reaffirm that she and Beck struck gold with their collaboration: lead single and opening track "Terrible Angels" has an eerie-yet-sexy stomp that falls somewhere between Goldfrapp's glam shuffle and Broadcast's experimental electro-pop; later, the ballad "White Telephone" has an aloof intimacy that suggests Gainsbourg could very well be the successor ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Following the quietly brilliant IRM would be a tough act for almost any artist, so Charlotte Gainsbourg extends the afterglow of her second album a bit longer with this collection of previously unreleased songs and live tracks. Featuring several songs culled from the sessions that birthed IRM, Stage Whisper's studio tracks reaffirm that she and Beck struck gold with their collaboration: lead single and opening track "Terrible Angels" has an eerie-yet-sexy stomp that falls somewhere between Goldfrapp's glam shuffle and Broadcast's experimental electro-pop; later, the ballad "White Telephone" has an aloof intimacy that suggests Gainsbourg could very well be the successor to that group's more accessible side after Trish Keenan's untimely death. While it's easy to hear how these songs didn't necessarily fit into the story that Gainsbourg and Beck told on IRM, they share the new life that album gave to her music. She spans "Paradisco"'s mischievous pop to the gorgeous, haunting "Memoir," a largely acoustic collaboration with Villagers' Conor O'Brien that captures the freedom and isolation that comes after loving and leaving, with the ease and sensitivity she shows as an actress. Stage Whisper's live portion also highlights Gainsbourg's interpretive powers, as she and her band inject the previously clinical "IRM" with rock intensity and lock into the sly sensuality of 5:55's "Jamais." Similarly, the way she switches from sweet detachment on "AF607105" to snarling on "The Operation" reflects the depth Gainsbourg reveals in concert. While its parts don't quite come together in a way that rivals IRM, Stage Whisper is a welcome adjunct that celebrates Gainsbourg's skills in the studio and in front of an audience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/13/2011
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 825646627820
  • Catalog Number: 528905
  • Sales rank: 18,095

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Terrible Angels (3:49)
  2. 2 Paradisco (4:26)
  3. 3 All the Rain (3:23)
  4. 4 White Telephone (3:28)
  5. 5 Anna (2:38)
  6. 6 Got to Let Go - Charlie Fink (3:33)
  7. 7 Out of Touch (3:48)
  8. 8 Memoir (2:59)
  9. 9 IRM (2:39)
  10. 10 Set Yourself On Fire (3:53)
  11. 11 Jamais (4:02)
  12. 12 Heaven Can Wait (2:22)
  13. 13 In the End (1:59)
  14. 14 AF607105 (4:52)
  15. 15 Just Like a Woman (5:15)
  16. 16 The Operation (3:17)
  17. 17 The Songs That We Sing (3:28)
  18. 18 Voyage (3:09)
  19. 19 Trick Pony (2:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlotte Gainsbourg Primary Artist, Percussion, Vocals, Floor Tom, Casio
Eric Gardner Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Laurent Vernerey Double Bass
Renaud Letang Keyboards
Amir Yaghmai Guitar, Percussion, Violin, Glockenspiel, Background Vocals
Justin Bailey Guitar
Monique McGuffin Harp
Nicole Morier Guitar, Percussion, Glockenspiel, Background Vocals
Matt Popieluch Guitar, Background Vocals
Brian Lebarton Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Matthew Compton Bass, Guitar, Drums
Marlon B. Drums
Charlie Fink Synthesizer, Bass, Piano, Vocals
Connan Mockasin Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Tom Hobden Violin, Background Vocals
Asa Taccone Organ, Piano, Background Vocals
Bram Inscore Bass, Percussion, Cello, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Contrabass (Vocal)
Ben Attal Drums
Beck Hansen Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Celeste, Vocals, Synthesizer Bass
Conor J. O'Brien Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Finger Snapping
Technical Credits
Jarvis Cocker Composer
Jean-Benoît Dunckel Composer
Nicolas Godin Composer
Renaud Letang Programming, Producer
Drew Brown Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Neil Hannon Composer
Darrell Thorp Engineer
Dean Nelson Engineer
Benjamin Joubert Mastering
Thomas Moulin Engineer
Russell Fawcus Engineer
Brian Lebarton Producer, Musical Director
Alex Dromgoole Engineer
Shaun Sebastian Engineer
Julien Bescond Executive Producer
Matthew Compton Producer
Cassidy Turbin Engineer
Marlon B. Producer, Engineer
Charlie Fink Composer, Programming, Producer
Connan Mockasin Composer, Producer
Asa Taccone Composer, Producer, drum programming
Nathalie Canguilhem Art Direction
Beck Hansen Composer, Producer, drum programming
Robert Dylan Composer
Conor J. O'Brien Composer, Producer
Mathieu Cesar Cover Photo
Cole Marsden Greif-Neill Engineer, drum programming
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