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4.0 out of 5 stars Inside An Outsider, 25 Jan. 2010
This review is from: IRM (Audio CD)
IRM = MRI = Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Following a serious water-skiing accident in 2007
Ms Gainbourg sustained a life-threatening brain injury.
The experience of that trauma, the surgery and subsequent
MRI monitoring form the inspiration and backdrop to this
uniquely personal collaboration with American songwriter/
producer Beck. That she faced the experience head-on
(so-to-speak) and delivered this fine album is to be applauded.

The reflections of that difficult time are handled in lyrics
which are subtle, unaffected, ambiguous and deeply personal.

The thirteen songs in this collection display a wide range
of emotions and atmospheres. From fear and fragmentation :
'Master's Hands' and 'IRM'; through stubborn hope :
'In The End' - a stompingly good song!; self re-evaluation :
the profoundly beautiful 'Burning Vanities'; dark nightmares :
the disturbingly surreal 'Trick Pony' and 'Greenwich Mean Time';
the optimistic four-square blues of 'Dandelion' and on the final
track 'La Collectionneuse' transformation and redemption.

Ms Gainsbourg's voice has never been a great instrument but
what she has she uses well. Her breathy tones complement the
dream-like quality of much of the subject matter perfectly.

Beck's compositional and production skill puts flesh on the bones
of these elusive and ephemeral psycho/physical experiences with
intelligently complex musicality. Sometimes stripped down to almost
nothing; sometimes richly-layered and wonderfully exotic.

For my money the string and percussion arrangement of 'Voyage'
forms the fast beating heart of this quietly visionary project.

Ms Gainsbourg deserves our admiration for exorcising her demons in
such a publicly vibrant way. The total absence of narcissism and
self-pity is refreshing given the painful truth of its conception.

Highly Recommended.
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Initial post: 25 Jun 2010 19:04:40 BDT
It's actually Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Shortened from Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Nuclear was taken out as it was bound to scare people.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2010 00:06:58 BDT
The Wolf says:
Dear T.R.P.

Many thanks for the technical support.

(I need all I can get!)

Best Wishes

The Wolf
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