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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. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  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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  1. Jul 7, 2015
    This is a very entertaining album. I like how the album jumps from genre to genre with each new song, though I can see how some people mayThis is a very entertaining album. I like how the album jumps from genre to genre with each new song, though I can see how some people may find this approach too scattered and unfocused. Beck did an excellent job writing and producing. "Le Chat du Cafe des Artistes" and "La Collectionneuse" set a sultry, moody tone and are particularly effective. Though Ms. Gainsbourg's voice is a little too soft and delicate to deliver some of the songs' melodies (see "Me and Jane Doe"), one must admire Ms. Gainsbourg's ambition in taking on such a wide range of styles to mostly enjoyable effect. Expand