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French pop from the swinging sixties,
This review is from: Comic Strip (Audio CD)
Requiem pour un c… has an interesting rhythmic texture, whilst Bonnie and Clyde (a duet with Brigitte Bardot) is a slow, meandering ballad. Initials B.B. is another slow number with Serge in talking vocal style over an orchestral backing.
The title track Comic Strip is a lilting pop number with interesting vocal effects and a catchy tune. Chatterton has nice organ lines, Bloody Jack is a singalong ditty embellished with great female vocals, Docteur Jeckyll et Monsieur Hyde is typical 1960 European orchestral pop and Torrey Canyon has a bouncy pace.
Shu Ba Du Ba Loo Ba is an uptempo ditty whist the slow ballad Ford Mustang has an interesting interplay between the male and female vocals. The rock feel and urgent pace of Qui est In, Qui est Out are welcome at this point and are also evident in Hold Up, a lively pop song. Marilu is lighter, but with a charming melody, bright vocals and some great handclaps.
Sous le soleil exactement is a gentle soulful ballad in Serge’s sexy style, which is echoed in 69 année érotique with its languid female vocals framing Serge’s ruminations. L’anamour is another gentle ballad with a memorable tune. The album concludes with Je T’Aime, his famous ballad with Jane Birkin, the erotic masterpiece that was a huge hit worldwide.
Compared to the same era’s pop music from the Anglosphere, there seems to be more emphasis on the lyrics than on melody throughout the album. The music is more orchestral than François Hardy’s tuneful folkie style from the same period. Comic Strip is an interesting window on the talent of Serge Gainsbourg who will always be remembered for the magnificent Je T’Aime (Moi Non Plus) in the rest of the world.