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Type of music generally:
Indie pop with electronic touches
Most recent release, Stage Whisper (2011)
Often has a breathy vocal style not unlike Keren Ann's
Mostly songs written for her, occasional co-written
Best known as an actress and the daughter of singer Serge Gainsbourg, Charlotte Gainsbourg is also a talented singer in her own right. (JoAnn Whetsell)
Recommended first album:
2007 (US)—Because Music/Vice Records—94703-2
Dark, mysterious, strange and beautiful. That's how I'd describe this album. It's often strange but never cold. It feels strangely intimate—almost too intimate—yet has a great alien quality as well. (email@example.com)
Charlotte Gainsbourg—vocals, flute (10), piano (13)
Beck Hansen—guitars (1, 3, 5-7, 9-11), drum programming (1, 2), bass (2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 12), vocals (2, 3, 5, 6, 8-10, 13), synthesizer (2, 3), piano (3, 5, 10), percussion (3, 5, 6, 9, 10), acoustic guitar (4, 8, 12), marimba (6), recorder (6), keyboard (12), keyboard bass (13)
I love this album even as I don't know how to describe it. It's got pop, rock, electronics... It's dark and heavy, but then there's a delicate waltz... It's not as cohesive as 5:55; it travels a lot more in style and mood, but it does it well. The album's diversity may make it hard to get into, but it also makes it engaging. (JoAnn Whetsell)
Charlotte Gainsbourg covered Bob Dylan's "Just Like a Woman" for the soundtrack to I'm Not There (2007), a film in which she also appeared. She also starred in and sang the title songs to the films Love Etc. (1996) and L'un reste... l'autre part (2005). Other film credits can be found on her page in the International Movie Database.
Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.
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