Charlotte Gainsbourg: Stage Whisper – review

(Because Music)

You wouldn't blame Charlotte Gainsbourg for leaving her dad's legacy well alone and yet her music has often been deft and beguiling – her gossamer voice seemingly unencumbered by family baggage or public expectations. Stage Whisper is more of a stop-gap than a fourth album proper, and the nine live tracks – mainly taken from 2006's 5:55 and 2009's Irm – add little to the recorded versions. But there are gems among the eight unreleased songs: "Paradisco" sees regular collaborator Beck float her ethereal vocals over a strutting funk bassline, while "All the Rain" broods like a lost relative of Massive Attack's "Teardrop".


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