Charlotte Gainsbourg - 5:55

Charlotte flirts outrageously with the microphone, switching effortlessly between French and English, a trick that is endearing and pleasant to listen to.

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Released 30 Jul 2007 | | By Matt Churchill | Rating: 3
Charlotte Gainsbourg - 5:55

Better known for her on-screen talents than her music, Charlotte Gainsbourg is a veteran of the recording studio. She recorded her first album aged just 13, albeit singing songs that had been written by her father, the esteemed French poet Serge Gainsbourg.

'5:55' is a soft, brooding song that relies heavily on a rolling piano and strong string arrangements. Charlotte flirts outrageously with the microphone, switching effortlessly between French and English, a trick that is endearing and pleasant to listen to. Tony Allen, presently of The Good, The Bad and The Queen features on drums, along with Air who provide the music.

As a single it will not grab headlines, but as a component on an album of similar style and grace, the song will sit extremely well. Neil Godrich's influence turns the simple song into a lush arrangement making it very easy to listen to.