IRM - Charlotte Gainsbourg
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  • Summary: The first daughter of modern French pop releases her third album, IRM (the album's title is French for the MRI machines), produced by Beck.
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  1. 91
    Beck’s willingness to raid just about any genre works wonders when coupled with Mlle. Gainsbourg’s ability to inject matter-of-fact sexual energy into just about anything.
  2. Ultimately it's Gainsbourg's voice--a heady melange of tussled bedclothes whisperings and near-dead sexy murmurs--that lifts both her life and art from beneath the shade of her mythic paterfamilias.
  3. Throughout the follow-up to her 2006 album, "5:55," Gainsbourg never sounds out of her element, no matter how the music shifts underneath her feet.
  4. Primarily, the scattershot sounds and surrealistic lyrics are typical of her songwriter and producer, Beck, who renders his muse more mysterious by burying her gossamer voice comparatively low in the mix. Slowly, though, glimpses of what has driven Gainsbourg to make IRM emerge.
  5. 70
    Gainsbourg and Beck generate one catchy track after another without producing much heat, but sometimes canny dabbling is its own reward.
  6. Actress Charlotte Gainsbourg may be the daughter of the ultimate Euro-glam couple, Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, but her Beck collaboration, IRM, is a tough-minded trip through some serious adult trauma.
  7. It’s not a completely futile exercise--there are some decent tracks--but it falls far short of the quality of its predecessor.

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