Stage Whisper

  • Record Label: Elektra
  • Release Date: Dec 13, 2011
Metascore
66

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. Dec 12, 2011
    70
    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.
  2. Dec 12, 2011
    63
    [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.
  3. Feb 8, 2012
    80
    Although Stage Whisper comprises very much atypical pieces of music from Gainsbourg, it's still equally as lovable and interesting as her other works.
  4. 83
    Stage Whisper is all slow-grinding skinny-jeans disco and breathy emotional detachment.
  5. Nov 10, 2011
    78
    Through the past and present, Stage Whisper is a sound step onwards.
  6. Dec 12, 2011
    73
    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.
  7. Dec 7, 2011
    68
    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
    67
    As the best and worst parts of Stage Whisper show, Gainsbourg is at her best when she's not overdoing it.
  9. Uncut
    Nov 23, 2011
    80
    New collaborations from Noah & The Whale to Conor O'Brien, are worth the price of admission. [Dec 2011, p.82]

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