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Charlotte Gainsbourg


Fifth studio album of indie pop from the London-born actor, her first since 2011 double album Stage Whisper

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  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Embracing her past and feeling a new confidence, it’s surely a prelude to an even more glittering career
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  2. 8.7 |   Pitchfork

    Gainsbourg’s gripping new album finds her in the tangles of grief. It is at once scorchingly intimate and fantastically oversized
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  3. 8.6 |   Paste Magazine

    Now that she’s pouring more of herself into her songs, her work feels weightier, more complex, and more compelling
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  4. 8.5 |   The 405

    Rest is her gateway out from the darkness, a way of coping with her fragilities, a processor of emotions, her loss, and also her most personal work to date, simply, where Charlotte is finally able to be Charlotte
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  5. 8.0 |   Clash

    Outstanding work with the sound, abundance of catchy tunes and thoughtful, memorable lines make ‘Rest’ an engaging experience for any listener, guaranteed to evoke or further develop the interest for the story of the illustrious Gainsbourg family
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  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The voice is all Gainsbourg. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    If you like Serge's music, or Jane Birkin's, their daughter's latest is a laudable addition to the canon. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Nothing short of cathartic
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  9. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Musical chameleon finds her voice
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  10. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    The Renaissance Woman finally takes the helm for a glittering reinvention of Ed Banger disco
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  11. 8.0 |   Q

    Delivers her best yet. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    At age 46, Charlotte Gainsbourg has finally decided it’s time to stop being scared of criticism and familial comparisons and has pushed herself to write her own lyrics and dictate her sound
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  13. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It’s a confident and compositionally strong work, then, that is only slightly undermined by its inevitable pretensions
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  14. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Exudes the same droll, distracted sense of uneasy whimsy she's brought to her screen performances and previous music projects
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  15. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Charlotte Gainsbourg continues to push her music into unexpected directions
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  16. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    She's lived much of her life in the public eye, yet is only now really exposing her compelling internal journey
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  17. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    These are intimate lyrics and stories told first person for the first time – and not just intimate, but vulnerable, self knowing, open and loving
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  18. 7.0 |   Crack

    Rest is nothing if not truthful, and the album’s success lies in its ability to draw the reader in through its candid depictions of Gainsbourg’s ‘human, all too human’ experiences
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  19. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Charlotte Gainsbourg has evolved as an artist, and Rest is a flawed but worthy statement
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  20. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    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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  21. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Bags of style, not enough substance
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  22. 6.0 |   music OMH

    Like most of Gainsbourg’s work, it oozes class and, at times, it becomes startlingly beautiful
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