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  • Summary: Fourteen tracks by the late French songwriter Serge Gainsbourg are covered (in English) by the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Portishead, Placebo, Tricky, Jarvis Cocker and Cat Power.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. 'Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited' is an often fascinating and enchanting compilation as these things go, though I say, somewhat predictably, that there's no substitute for the real thing.
  2. The translations offer many witty surprises.
  3. Some tracks, of course, are as sexy as a soggy batch of freedom fries once the words are comprehensible. But the best updates... have a seedy splendor all their own.
  4. Mojo
    60
    The new, not-so-great English translations hurt more than help. [Jun 2006, p.102]
  5. Uncut
    60
    Not quite a match for the smoky blueprints, yet entertaining enough to inspire a trip to their source. [May 2006, p.128]
  6. With a more imaginative compiler--and fewer Big Names whose fame peaked years ago-- Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited could have turned out so much different.
  7. Filter
    20
    [A] failed attempt to straddle nostalgia and reinvention. [#21, p.95]

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  1. Colleen
    Sep 1, 2006
    8
    I got this back in May; I think it's quite a noble tribute. Nothing compares to the original of course, but there isn't any I got this back in May; I think it's quite a noble tribute. Nothing compares to the original of course, but there isn't any material included that warrants the criticism of some of these reviews. Franz Ferdinand and Portishead's contributions are particularly notable. I recommend the disc to anyone who's a fan of Gainsbourg or European pop, past and present. Expand