January 21st, 2010
NPR is streaming Charlotte Gainsbourg’s Beck-produced/co-written album over at their First Listen site. It’s really good. Based loosely on health scares the singer/actress endured a few years back following a brain hemorrhage, IRM (MRI in French) is an atmospheric, murky and ebullient pop and electro-folk record that is every bit as good as, say, The Reminder by Feist. But also a little weirder and less defined than that album. Beck’s widescreen, motley sonic musings are unmistakable.
I’ve seen a few of her movies, but I haven’t really listened to much of her music until now; IRM is technically her third album, following a 1986 duet album with her famous father and 2006′s 5:55. Given her pedigree and the collaborators she’s chosen in both her film and music career, it’s not too surprising that her output has been steadily intriguing. Did you guys see the insanely awesome video for “Heaven Can Wait”? Please watch it, it’s one of the best. EVER.