I’m Scared of Vinyl

Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM

Posted in Albums by Catriona on February 28, 2010

I’ve been a bit of a fan of Charlotte Gainsbourg ever since she released 5:55 back in 2006, but IRM has definitely surpassed all my expectations. Since the album was produced by Beck, I was expecting high level of musicality, but as well as this, the entire album has a delicate instrumental quality that melds perfectly with Gainsbourg’s vocals. For such a nostalgic album, which begins in a very acoustically driven manner, the title has surprisingly clinical origins. Apparently, IRM takes its name from MRI scans, something which Gainsbourg has had ample experience of, having suffered a brain hemorrhage in the wake of a water skiing accident several years ago. Listening to this album has certainly been one of the highlights of my week, and “Me and Jane Doe” in particular will certainly stay on repeat for quite some time to come.

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