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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully crafted, 20 May 2010
J. Lachno "thepopscener" (London) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Irm (Limited Edition) (Audio CD)
Sacre bleu! The brain haemorrhage debacle around which this concept-ish effort is based not only makes IRM a remarkable achievement in itself, but also provides a complimentary sub-plot to the songs, without ever becoming intrusive. Musically, writer/producer/arranger extraordinaire Beck leaves his indelible mark - notably dry beats and squirming sound effects - across songs such as `IRM', whilst Gainsbourg does her Francoise Hardy bit on couple tracks (`Le Chat du Cafes des Artistes'), and the slightly unlikely collaborators even manage to enliven honky blues run throughs such as `Dandelion'. Bon.

Choice Cuts: `Master's Hands', `Le Chat Du Cafe Des Artistes', `Time of the Assassins'
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5.0 out of 5 stars IRM now stands for intoxicating recorded material, 16 Feb 2010
russell clarke "stipesdoppleganger" (halifax, west yorks) - See all my reviews
This review is from: IRM (Audio CD)
Charlotte Gainsbourg is not the only artist to make an album after suffering a life threatening injury ( Jason Pearce last Spiritualised albumSongs in A&E came as a result of his hospitalisation for and Robert Wyatt made Rock Bottomafter falling out of window Gainsbourg suffered a brain haemorrhage three years ago after a water skiing accident and this album's title is taken from the French-language designation of the MRI machine which is disconcerting aural experience apparently but to her the machines made "great music ".
Now how much of this actually percolates into the actual songs on IRM -the title track is a good bet that it did with it's hemorrhagic bleeding of sound in between all the minor details and its lyrics that ask "tell me where the trauma lies?"- but elsewhere there is genuine sense of cinematic wonder and drama .Tracks like "Vanities " ,"La Collectanneuse " and "Voyage " have a dreamy romantic elegance that speaks of vivid drama but there is an intoxicating variety of songs and styles on IRM . "Time Of The Assassins " is redolent of the great French chanteuse pop of the 1960,s while "Dandelion " is a prowling bluesy drawl ."Trick Pony " melds satisfied percussion with abraded guitar chords while "Les Chat Du Café De Artists "is so gloriously sexy in a breathy French way that John Terry would spontaneously combust with excitement.
The songs, for the most part ( there is one cover and a couple of collaborations ) were actually written and produced by American sonic buccaneer Beck, one of the more talented mavericks of contemporary music , and the album sounds for the most part like a gender-swapped deviation on the distorted blues of his Mutations album and the meditative folk of the wonderful Sea Change .Rather like her mother, Jane Birkin, Gainsbourg's musical identity is that of muse rather than creator .Burt what a muse she is .She is no great shakes as a vocalist either but the songs are so cleverly arranged they actually make this a strength rather than a weakness .
Take my eyes and / Paint my bones / Drill my brain / All full of holes / And patch it up before it leaks," she sings with breathy impudence on the opening track, Master's Hands. Out of something virtually tragic Charlotte Gainsbourg has made something beguiling and often beautiful . Out of dissociation and fragmented memory she has made something ravishingly memorable. IRM now stands for intoxicating recorded material.
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