Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM (4 stars)

Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM


Why in the name of God (or Scientology) isn’t ‘Heaven Can Wait’ – the recent duet from Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beck – massive? It’s the best song Oasis never wrote. It’s also a highlight on this second album from actress/chanteuse Gainsbourg.

Having previously worked with Air and Jarvis Cocker (on UK debut 5:55, Willem Dafoe (in Antichrist) and her infamous father Serge (‘Lemon Incest’, anyone?); Gainsbourg has now harnessed the power of Beck: he’s all over IRM.

The result is a redolent trip amid 60s psychedelia (‘Dandelion’), Franco-pop (‘In the End’), electro-perversion (‘IRM’) and Bananarama’s nightmares (‘Trick Pony’). Good, then.

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