5:55

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Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

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  • Summary: Nigel Godrich produced this second album for the French singer and actress (and daughter of the legendary Serge Gainsbourg), with Jarvis Cocker, Neil Hannon and Air also lending a hand.

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The Songs That We Sing
I saw somebody who Reminded me of you Before you got afraid I wish that you could've stayed that way I saw a little girl I stopped and smiled at... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Under The Radar
    90
    The results are what you would expect given its pedigree. In fact, it’s hard to imagine Gainsbourg and company pulling this off any better. [#17, p.85]
  2. What stops 5:55 being a well-meaning pastiche, what makes the album touching rather ghoulish, is the sheer quality of the songwriting.
  3. Everyone involved seems to work well together.
  4. The results are predictably dramatic, but the album succeeds because nothing is blown out of proportion; Gainsbourg doesn't have the best voice on the planet, but her seductive breathiness helps boost all the subtleties.
  5. Magnet
    70
    The results are everything you'd expect from the guys responsible for Pulp's This Is Hardcore, Air's Moon Safari and Beck's Sea Change. [#75, p.98]
  6. She sounds forever Gainsbourg – not a bad thing in this case.
  7. Q Magazine
    40
    It feels awkward. [Oct 2006, p.119]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. AndrewH
    Oct 2, 2006
    10
    Wonderful! best of 06.
  2. visnjak
    Dec 1, 2006
    10
    adorable
  3. AlanM
    Apr 24, 2007
    10
    Mom and Dad would be proud.
  4. May 20, 2012
    9
    These songs have really grown on me. There are so many layers to each of these gems. Wonderful, ethereal, comforting. A perfect soundtrack ofThese songs have really grown on me. There are so many layers to each of these gems. Wonderful, ethereal, comforting. A perfect soundtrack of my life. I realized too late that you don't want to listen to track 2 on a plane, though... Expand
  5. SergeAS
    Jan 11, 2007
    8
    I really don't care about family legacy and all that. I walked into a shop today and heard music that i liked. I was in said shop for I really don't care about family legacy and all that. I walked into a shop today and heard music that i liked. I was in said shop for about half an hour. I asked who it was and bought it. Beautiful melodies and lyrics. Never has a plane crash sounded so soothing on track two! Expand
  6. DavifF
    Nov 17, 2006
    6
    It's pleasant, soothing, a perfect soundtrack for me when I write. Utimately though a bit inconsequential, slight. Love her accent though.
  7. MattD.
    May 9, 2007
    5
    Starts out nicely, but most of this CD has production that is too airy (not supposed to be a pun.) If she's trying to make Lilith Fair Starts out nicely, but most of this CD has production that is too airy (not supposed to be a pun.) If she's trying to make Lilith Fair more hip, she has failed IMO. Expand

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