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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. Like most tribute albums, Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited is a rather hit and miss affair, but it may just persuade people to rediscover a man who was somewhat misunderstood throughout his life.
  5. 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. 20
    [A] failed attempt to straddle nostalgia and reinvention. [#21, p.95]

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