Char­lotte laid bare

VOGUE Hommes International (English) - - DIARY -

Be­cause Char­lotte Gains­bourg re­leases al­bums so spar­ingly, chooses her acolytes with such care (Air, Beck and, of course, Serge, the sem­piter­nal pa­ter, and au­thor of the sub­ver­sive “Lemon Incest ” ), and turns up where — and when — you least ex­pect her, ev­ery one of her al­bums arouses con­sid­er­able cu­rios­ity. Her fourth opus, Rest, will not dis­ap­point. Let’s face it, it’s a slap in the face. For the first time, the ac­tress– singer who is nat­u­rally shy and dis­creet, tack­les the texts — sim­ple, taut, straight­for­ward prose —and breaks through the de­fences. With no holds barred and no safety net, she peels away her angst and con­fronts the feel­ings of de­cep­tion head on, the first times, the dead body of the splen­did Serge and the death of her sis­ter Kate. Be­tween slow pieces dot­ted with re­frains and disco or elec­tro hits set for the dance floors, this darkly ro­man­tic UFO, the be­witch­ing sound­track with a melan­cholic soul ar­ranged by Se­bas­tian, Guy–Manuel de Homem–Christo (Daft Punk) and Paul McCart­ney is this au­tumn’s smash hit. “REST” ( Be­cause Mu­sic )

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