Atlantic ATUK038: 28th August 2006
1. The Songs That We Sing
“I saw a photograph, a woman in a bath, of hundred dollar bills, if the cold doesn’t kill her, money will”
“You think you know me, that’s your trouble, never fall in love with a body double, jamais”
This new 7″ from Charlotte Gainsbourg (Daughter of Serge Gainsbourg) isn’t lacking in the star-studded collaboration stakes. The music on both tracks is written and performed by the boys from Air, the lyrics are by Jarvis Cocker and if that’s not enough Neil Hannon has helped Jarvis out with the words on the first track. So the only thing that could let this down is Charlotte’s voice… but thankfully it’s every bit as good as you would expect from the daughter of Serge.
On ‘The Songs That We Sing’ the swirling strings, Piano and heavy use of the Xylophone make a sound very close to Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield, which is no bad thing. ‘Jamais’ is the pick of the two with it’s understated and slow burning groove (‘Jamais’ is the French for ‘Never’). It’s so close to a Pulp song that despite Charlotte’s excellent vocals it’s hard not to wonder what it would sound like with Jarvis’ voice. If the other songs on Charlotte’s new ‘5.55’ album are as good as these two it will be well worth getting a copy.