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  • Summary: The first new release for the London-based actress/singer in six years features contributions from Paul McCartney, Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Connan Mockasin, Owen Pallett, and SebastiAn.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 90
    Unsurprisingly, there’s an overarching sense of melancholy, but the more you listen, the more you realise that she’s deftly poetic with her words in a way that’s clearly inspired by some of the great writers of the 20th Century.
  2. Nov 27, 2017
    86
    Like Charlotte Gainsbourg’s entire musical career, Rest is imperfect, but it’s intriguing enough that you can’t help but pay attention. And now that she’s pouring more of herself into her songs, her work feels weightier, more complex, and more compelling.
  3. Nov 17, 2017
    83
    The influence of Gainsbourg’s famous musical parents, both Serge and mother Jane Birkin, has been a constant in her music, but on Rest, she seems less daunted by her lineage, and she begins to bend it to her own ambitions.
  4. Uncut
    Nov 13, 2017
    80
    The voice is all Gainsbourg. [Dec 2017, p.27]
  5. Nov 22, 2017
    70
    Rest’s intimacy contrasts Gainsbourg’s personal reticence, and softens a storytelling void that might doom a lesser stylist.
  6. Nov 17, 2017
    70
    So yes, these are intimate lyrics and stories told first person for the first time--and not just intimate, but vulnerable, self knowing, open and loving. And definitely not embarrassing.
  7. Nov 13, 2017
    60
    The constant changes in tone that come with such disparate collaborators mean that the album never settles into a comfortable groove the way 5:55 or IRM did.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Dec 12, 2017
    10
    charlotte foi uma das surpresas pra mim desse ano pois eu não a conhecia, achei a capa do rest muito linda e fui ouvir (geralmente não façocharlotte foi uma das surpresas pra mim desse ano pois eu não a conhecia, achei a capa do rest muito linda e fui ouvir (geralmente não faço isso) e não me arrependo
    cada letra e instrumental é maravilhoso
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  2. Dec 12, 2017
    10
    this **** GOOD AF ****

    no but seriously, this album is really good. takes something out of my heart that i didn't even know existed in
    this **** GOOD AF ****

    no but seriously, this album is really good. takes something out of my heart that i didn't even know existed in there. **** fantastic instrumentals and her singing is ELITE af.
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  3. Nov 18, 2017
    10
    The album is beautiful, full of grief, but she made something really beautiful with all of her sadness. With production from SebastiAn andThe album is beautiful, full of grief, but she made something really beautiful with all of her sadness. With production from SebastiAn and Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homen-Christo, it’s an amazing record, also, all of the songs were written by Charlotte herself, except the track ‘Songbird in a Cage’ which was written by Paul McCartney, and I think that that’s the worst song on the record. Expand
  4. Nov 27, 2017
    9
    I absolutely love that album. There is so much melancholy in the lyrics, while the upbeat sound is mesmerising. The Daft Punk influence isI absolutely love that album. There is so much melancholy in the lyrics, while the upbeat sound is mesmerising. The Daft Punk influence is everywhere, even if Guy-Manuel de Homen-Christo hasn't contributed to all tracks. ''Songbird in a Cage'' is my favorite song of the album. SebastiAn’s production is top-notch. Charlotte’s voice is addictive. A+ Expand
  5. Dec 3, 2017
    7
    The consistency in songwriting tactics provided an easy listen, but the underwhelming melodic layer made the actual results vary quite a bitThe consistency in songwriting tactics provided an easy listen, but the underwhelming melodic layer made the actual results vary quite a bit with their inability to string together a likeable shaped phrase, to which my admiration of the synthesizer and form uniqueness couldn’t carry the whole work even with the overall strong harmonic foundation. My Score: 124/180 (Good) = 6.9/10 Expand
  6. Nov 17, 2017
    6
    Is there something I'm missing here? I mean it's not a bad album, not in a long shot. The production and insturmentation is solid, withIs there something I'm missing here? I mean it's not a bad album, not in a long shot. The production and insturmentation is solid, with production credit from Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk, it's a solid mix of disco and dance-pop. But it's nothing all that refreshing and just sounds generic a lot of the times. And Charlotte herself, she's not bad in her French singing (her English singing is weaksause), but that doesn't save the album from sounding like generic dance songs. Maybe it's because I can't understand a lick of French, but that doesn't mean that I can't like the music if I can't understand it. I understand that this album is meant to be a record about grief and a personal album to her, and if you can get behind it, hey good for you. But for me...eh I don't know honestly... Expand
  7. Nov 25, 2017
    0
    Eu nunca pensei que iria gostar de um álbum em francês. Mas ao escutar "Reist" minha concepção mudou. É um dos discos mais lindos que já ouviEu nunca pensei que iria gostar de um álbum em francês. Mas ao escutar "Reist" minha concepção mudou. É um dos discos mais lindos que já ouvi na minha vida. Cada melodia, verso e produção musical estão conectados, formando uma obra clássica da música. Expand

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