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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 43
  2. Negative: 3 out of 43

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  1. JimmyJim
    May 3, 2009
    10
    Few albums are as flawless as this one. When you listen to Cargo Culte, you just can't believe it was recorded in 1971! Many recent releases sound so dated compared to it. More important, the lyrics are true poetry.
  2. DanD
    May 26, 2009
    10
    A perfect mix of music, texture and mood. The music perfectly reflects the mood and the evocative meaning of the text, also perfect. Very much appreciated if you can understand the french subtelties, nothing's lost in the translation.
  3. ClifCarneiro
    May 24, 2009
    10
    Gainsbourg was and will always be seen as a creative and uber-talented guy. This concept album is pure genius! As PopMatters said, there are sounds that were used 20 years later, in a music style called Trip-Hop, which has been my favourite music style since 4 or 5 years (even if there aren't a lot of genius artists in this style: Björk, Portishead, Massive Attack, Emilie Simon, Gainsbourg was and will always be seen as a creative and uber-talented guy. This concept album is pure genius! As PopMatters said, there are sounds that were used 20 years later, in a music style called Trip-Hop, which has been my favourite music style since 4 or 5 years (even if there aren't a lot of genius artists in this style: Björk, Portishead, Massive Attack, Emilie Simon, Gorillaz, Goldfrapp, Air, ... are one of them, of course). Expand
  4. AGuy
    May 5, 2009
    10
    Great string arrangements, amazing musicianship, and a unique concept. Gainsbourg entrances even those foreign to the language and creates France's masterpiece of the 20th century through kinky themes and a stalker's dispair. The length of the album is bittersweet - but just makes the whole album worth listening to several times. A cult classic in its own right.
  5. JamesM
    Apr 28, 2009
    10
    This is a monster.
  6. Dec 7, 2015
    10
    this album is a masterpiece, especially the song CARGO CULTE in which the guitar is like a divagation arround the bass line, and the end with the backing vocals is awesome
  7. jyotirmayadas
    May 5, 2009
    9
    It is really cool how an album like this - from forty years ago and in French - can grow on you. At first, it is so much hodge-podge, and then after reading more reviews and multiple listens, I "got" it. I am eager to read the lengthy booklet - w/interview Gainsbourg - and I am sure I will become further enthralled by this artist and his work.
  8. AUser
    Apr 28, 2009
    9
    A truly innovative album even by today's standards.

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96

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
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  1. 80
    Lush and languorous, velvet-robe decadent and soft-focus steamy, Histoire is a make-out record and a gross-out record.
  2. Andy Votel’s encyclopedic liner notes and a Gainsbourg interview make this version the definitive reissue for the as-yet unsullied.
  3. 100
    This reissue on luxuriously hefty vinyl is the first time the album's been released in the U.S.--a superb opportunity to hear a record that's been occasionally imitated but never matched.