Stage Whisper

Stage Whisper

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by Charlotte Gainsbourg
     
 

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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 See more details below

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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:
0825646627820
catalogNumber:
528905
Rank:
197031

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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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