Nut Suite. Mini reviews of albums old and new. Minimum words. No fuss. No spoilers [?]. Occasional smugs.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

VARIOUS ARTISTS / Monsieur Gainsbourg: Revisited [2006]

France's own self-proclaimed pervert, Serge Gainsbourg has received numerous covers and tributes but Monsieur Gainsbourg: Revisited would be the first time an entire album would made with all English cover versions.
With the likes of Portishead, Tricky, Placebo, Michael Stipe, James Iha, Marianne Faithful, Feist, Jarvis Cocker and more contributing, it's inevitable that the more solemn songs of Gainsbourg would be covered. Not to say his distinctive "sexy" sound isn't still there, it's just a little gloomier to fit with the modern era.
Like most tribute albums there's a few drastic misses but luckily enough the source material is good enough to have more hits.

4 where's Nick Cave, Barry Adamson or Mick Harvey? out of 5

Songs Of Note: L'Hotel / Michael Stipe; Those Little Things / Carla Bruni

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