• Record Label: Elektra
  • Release Date: Dec 13, 2011

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. 83
    Stage Whisper is all slow-grinding skinny-jeans disco and breathy emotional detachment.
  2. Feb 8, 2012
    Although Stage Whisper comprises very much atypical pieces of music from Gainsbourg, it's still equally as lovable and interesting as her other works.
  3. Uncut
    Nov 23, 2011
    New collaborations from Noah & The Whale to Conor O'Brien, are worth the price of admission. [Dec 2011, p.82]
  4. Nov 10, 2011
    Through the past and present, Stage Whisper is a sound step onwards.
  5. Dec 12, 2011
    Stage Whisper may not be the full-album experience fans of IRM were hoping for, but Gainsbourg makes up for it with the sheer wealth and variety of material presented.
  6. Dec 12, 2011
    While its parts don't quite come together in a way that rivals IRM, Stage Whisper is a welcome adjunct that celebrates Gainsbourg's skills in the studio and in front of an audience.
  7. Dec 7, 2011
    On the whole, Stage Whisper is enjoyable, but the live portion is dispensible, and the new studio tracks, which will likely please anyone taken with IRM, are the real draw.
  8. Dec 13, 2011
    As the best and worst parts of Stage Whisper show, Gainsbourg is at her best when she's not overdoing it.
  9. Dec 12, 2011
    [In the live arrangements] she sounds like a background vocalist thrust into the spotlight against her will. The real attractions are seven studio tracks, including a handful of leftovers from her "IRM" Beck sessions.
  10. Feb 10, 2012
    A bit of a mixed bag.
  11. Feb 10, 2012
    It's not that Gainsbourg is swallowed up by her band, more that she doesn't – or can't – rise to the occasion as a natural singer can... It still charms, though.
  12. Jan 30, 2012
    Stage Whisper is more of a stop-gap than a fourth album proper... But there are gems among the eight unreleased songs.
  13. Jan 27, 2012
    Gainsbourg's voice sounds thin and adrift against too much noodling, and it only emphasises how much of a studio performer she is.
  14. Mojo
    Jan 12, 2012
    Gainsbourg's reedy vocals ... just don't stand up to the rigours of live documentation. [Dec. 2011 p. 98]
  15. Jan 5, 2012
    The stage part of Stage Whisper, despite offering little in the way of riveting moments, does act as a nice compilation of Gainsbourg's greatest moments from IRM and its predecessor, 2006's 5:55.
  16. 60
    Her singing is collected and on pitch, whether she's working with a whispery hush or a lemon-tart croon.
  17. Nov 10, 2011
    French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg's voice is small and unaffected (a stage whisper, indeed), but Beck, her producer-songwriter for 2010's celebrated IRM, tends toward the opposite extreme.
  18. 50
    Although only adequate run-throughs of the studio-album tracks, Stage Whispers' live performances do underscore a continuity between songs from both 5:55 and IRM that otherwise wasn't apparent. Stage Whispers' new offerings, on the other hand, are consistently interesting.
  19. Nov 10, 2011
    It's a nice try, but the collection proves that ultimately, Gainsbourg shines more in the studio than on the stage.
  20. The first disc here was made with several different collaborators certainly doesn't lend cohesion.
  21. Dec 8, 2011
    Charlotte Gainsbourg's Beck-produced IRM was a stellar sleeper gem of an album, but this follow-up sounds tossed together.

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