5:55 - Charlotte Gainsbourg
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. As good as the atmospheric heartache of the first half of 5:55 is, it's on the second half, when Gainsbourg and her crew stretch out a bit, that the album really gets interesting.
  2. She sounds forever Gainsbourg – not a bad thing in this case.
  3. 80
    This odd cast creates strangely beautiful moods. [May 2007, p.104]
  4. These gauzy songs are an ideal fit for Gainsbourg's dreamy, impossibly light voice.
  5. Make no mistake, this is a slight record, but nonetheless one with more than a few enjoyable moments.
  6. How does such a rich soup of chromosomes and hired help come together? In a tinkly, whispery trinket that deserves a place on the stereo of every right-thinking beatnik.
  7. A collection of sleepy, emotionally blunt songs that feel whispered from the wee hours.
  8. 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]
  9. 60
    It's definitely in the family tradition. [Oct 2006, p.112]
  10. Everyone involved seems to work well together.
  11. Breathy, sophisticated and existentially troubled. [2 Sep 2006, p.19]
  12. A stylish but stilted pastiche, 5:55 follows a decade's worth of mostly superior homages, often involving the same artists.
  13. '5:55' is a welcome addition to the Gainsbourg family's musical legacy, and we can't give any higher compliment than that.
  14. Chan Marshall or Feist she isn’t, but her beguiling charisma makes up for any lack of vocal chops.
  15. A stunning, grandiose pop record.
  16. It feels awkward. [Oct 2006, p.119]
  17. 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.
  18. What stops 5:55 being a well-meaning pastiche, what makes the album touching rather ghoulish, is the sheer quality of the songwriting.
  19. 60
    All the elements are there, but somehow 5:55 doesn't gel as it should. [Oct 2006, p.124]
  20. 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]
  21. 80
    It's a delicate album that's simultaneously sophisticated and warm. [Apr 2007, p.106]
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 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... Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. AlanM
    Apr 24, 2007
    10
    Mom and Dad would be proud.