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. Feb 10, 2012
    60
    A bit of a mixed bag.
  2. Feb 10, 2012
    60
    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.
  3. Jan 30, 2012
    60
    Stage Whisper is more of a stop-gap than a fourth album proper... But there are gems among the eight unreleased songs.
  4. Jan 27, 2012
    60
    Gainsbourg's voice sounds thin and adrift against too much noodling, and it only emphasises how much of a studio performer she is.
  5. Mojo
    Jan 12, 2012
    60
    Gainsbourg's reedy vocals ... just don't stand up to the rigours of live documentation. [Dec. 2011 p. 98]
  6. Jan 5, 2012
    60
    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.
  7. 60
    Her singing is collected and on pitch, whether she's working with a whispery hush or a lemon-tart croon.
  8. Nov 10, 2011
    60
    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.
  9. 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.
  10. Nov 10, 2011
    50
    It's a nice try, but the collection proves that ultimately, Gainsbourg shines more in the studio than on the stage.
  11. The first disc here was made with several different collaborators certainly doesn't lend cohesion.
  12. Dec 8, 2011
    40
    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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