Histoire de Melody Nelson is a 1971 concept album by French songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. Produced by Jean-Claude Desmarty, the album was released on March 24, 1971 through Philips Records. Its Lolita-esque pseudo-autobiographical narrative follows the illicit romance that develops between the middle-aged Gainsbourg and 15-year old girl Melody Nelson. Histoire de Melody Nelson is considered by many critics and fans to be Gainsbourg's most influential and accomplished work, as well as one of the greatest French-language albums in popular music.Wikipedia
Before I talk about the album itself, let me share about the rabbit hole I fell down. I was about halfway through the first track, Melody, when I thought, “Man, this song *really* sounds like Beck’s song Paper Tiger. Then I remembered that Beck once produced an album for a French Singer named Charlotte Gainsbourg… I look it up, and sure enough, Charlotte is Serge’s daughter. Just an interesting couple of facts (I think this is what happens when an INTP is a big fan of music) . By the way, I looked it up and Beck actually sampled the Serge Gainsbourg track on Paper Tiger, which explains their startling similarity. The article in which I found that information about Beck sampling Serge pointed something out that hit home for me. It said that the two are rare amongst singer-songwriters in that they are as attracted to sound as they are to song. That really spells out why I don’t like most singer-songwriter music, it seems like for many of them the music is merely a vehicle for them to present their lyrics. One could say they are just poets masquerading as musicians. But there is an album of the day to talk about! To borrow a word from the succeeding generation, this album slaps. I didn’t know I needed an album that sounds like George Baker’s Little Green Bag overlaid with whispered, French, spoken-word vocals and orchestral blasts, but here I am. Serge is apparently considered the greatest musician France ever produced, and has influenced many that came after him, so he definitely belongs on the list My personal enjoyment: 4/5 Did it belong on this list: 5/5
C'est en lisant dans le livre des 1001 la critique d'un certain JiH dans le grimoire de Robert que j'ai enfin ouvert les yeux ; cette compilation des 1001 albums ne s'adresse qu'à la communauté hipster. Pas question pour l'éditeur et ses complices de sélectionner un album à succès, non, jamais. Il est ici question de choisir l'un des albums les moins connus de l'artiste afin de jouer au connaisseur et pisser sur le mainstream. Une bien triste vision des choses que je dénoncerai en message privé à l'intéressé, puisque je le connais.
Who is ̶K̶e̶y̶s̶e̶r̶ ̶S̶o̶z̶e̶ Melody Nelson? Had I the fluency required to understand this album I might have enjoyed it more (the Wikipedia certainly didn't help), but it's just not something I'd ever want to return to. It wasn't half bad, and I actually enjoyed the background music and chords that played throughout, but by god it sounded like this man was recording post mic-consumption, and I just couldn't get past that.
wtf, this is absolute crap. like an even less interesting, less musical version of that moby turd. singer just whispers in french with the mic INSIDE his mouth, music is just sporadic jazzy numbers. I'm sure artists think it's cool, but i think it fucken sucks.
I would say that I enjoyed the music behind this one. But knowing my history of the nation of France, I decided to look up what this album is about and boy did I find another reason to not like the french. This album is about a man hitting a 15ish year old girl on her bike with his Rolls Royce, who he then promptly falls in love with and seduces. I don’t care about the artistic intent and all that when the subject is pedophilia. Not a fan
I saw a documentary about Serge Gainsbourg maybe a dozen years ago, and that made me a fan. Fascinating person and artist. This album is great. It's very, well, Serge Gainsboug. Weirdly accessible, even in the 2020's, and even though I don't understand any of the lyrics because I know maybe a dozen words in French (nearly all food, my fellow fromage-heads). The musical arrangements are fantastic, and, wow, that guitarist can play! Somehow, with the music playing underneath the spoke French dialogue, it just works. This is one I'll listen to again.
1971 concept album by French songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. Histoire de Melody Nelson is considered by many critics and fans to be Gainsbourg's most influential and accomplished work, as well as one of the greatest French-language albums in popular music. Its Lolita-esque pseudo-autobiographical narrative follows the illicit romance that develops between the middle-aged Gainsbourg and 15-year old girl Melody Nelson. While it became a pivotal album of the 1970s and was instrumental in the development of French rock music and trip hop genre... Thanks, Wiki! I was surprised by the sound of this album. Spoken word "whispering" vocal... The funky bassline is cool! Since I like trip-hop it was interesting to hear the music that influenced some representatives of this genre... French female voice pronouncing "Melodie Nelson" is sitting in my head all the day :)))
Pretty groovy. Really dope precision bass tone. Sexy French lyrics I don’t understand at all. Super simple drums. And a throaty blues guitar. Kind of a perfect 70’s rock album
The french lyrics and slow melody is reminiscent to beatnik spoken word sessions in a cafe shrouded in cigerette smoke. Overall, a mysterious and alluring mix of rock and jazz.
Not the masterpiece it is usually hailed as, but very original and atmospheric. An album where to come back from time to time.
Really enjoyed this! Epic orchestral moments along with some good ol’ rock music that felt like a bit of a jam session. Felt really modern too. Maybe lots of people have been influenced by him but it all just felt really familiar. A couple of tracks properly sounded so much like Nick Cave & Kylie’s ‘Wild Rose’ track, I’d be shocked if they weren’t straight up trying to make a Serge Gainsbourg track when they made it. Will defo revisit this album.
Sauvegarder Avant: Rien Dès Le Début: Melody, Ballade De Melody Nelson, Valse de Melody, Ah Melody, L'hôtel particulier, En Melody, Cargo culte (c'est à dire tout l'album) Presque Sauvegarder: Rien Notes Générales: As someone who speaks French, I figure my two-cents is valid here. In terms of the "Lolita" part of the wikipedia page, that's really not a big part of the narrative and the whole narrative is clearly not meant to be taken seriously as the guy meets her after hitting her with his Rolls Royce as he's driving on the sidewalk. The music is the most important part, and once you let Gainsbourg's mic-swallowing exist in the atmosphere of the tracks it's not so jarring. Would've been a 5 if it was longer, I just wish it had more time to develop some of those songs. But I guess that's the point of the album, it's a short fling from car crash to plane crash. 4.5 that gets rounded to a 4 for length.
Just an effortlessly cool album, you can hear how much it influenced another great French artist, AIR. I will be digging through his catalog. Love the jazz influence and just really solid guitar and bass.
the instrumentation and production are impressive, but the concept is cringey AF
Non-content de nous proposer une ribambelle d'albums rock de merde. Robert Dimery, l'emminent créateur de cette liste scandaleuse n'a selectionné que deux albums français au sein des 1001. Parmi eux donc, cet album de Serge Gainsbourg, figure emblématique de la chanson française. Mais là encore, Robert avait tout faux. En effet, malgré la ribambelle d'albums comprennant au moins un titre classique de Serge Gainsbourg, Robert a trouvé le moyen de choisir un album experimental racontant une histoire dont tout le monde se fout, d'autant plus que les décérébrés votants du générateurs ne pipent pas un mot de français (ce qui vous en conviendrait, démontre une fois de plus leur manque flagrant de culture). La France est donc representee par cet album ridicule ou le Serge s'amuse a nous susurrer des mots a l'oreille, ce qui me plaça dans un inconfort palpable. Le pire dans tout ça, c'est que celui sur qui nos derniers espoirs reposent n'est autre que le hautement surcoté MC Solaar, que je me devrai de sanctionner d'une note assassine pour l'ensemble de son oeuvre. Ce mercredi matin ne démarre clairement pas de la meilleure des manières, d'autant plus que comme vous le savez, il semblerait que je n'ai plus d'eau chaude a mon domicile.
No thanks. I actually hear the air from his mouth. Grosses me out
Tre merde !
Damn. Chicago 2012. Yup
Absolute surprise - Loved it
Total revelation, never knew of this album’s existence and yet it has influenced so much music that I love!
I would have never listened to this album if It weren't for this project. This is why I'm doing it. What a vibe this thing has.
It's like opera... I don't understand it, but it sounds amazing.
There are flaws, to be sure, but I adore this.
I really liked this album. I had never heard it before, but I listened to it like 4 times. and I didn't understand a word of the lyrics.
Loved it, very very french
the instrumentals are fucking phenomenal, tho I don’t really care for the vocals feels like i’m in a Ghirardelli commercial with some of these songs still super impressive that an album like this came out in 1971 - 9/10
Clairement un chef d'oeuvre cet album Un peu cringe par le propos et cet éternelle obsession des français pour les filles de 15 ans🙄 mettons ça sur le dos de l'époque ... Cela dit, La bass est juste malade sur cet album ! Le tone, les grooves. Fondateur du trip hop bien évidemment. Les arrangements de cordes sont sublimes
quite nice even if i cant understand the lyrics much nothing much like it
Very sultry music about an underage romance. Very evocative.
This was pretty good. Definitely a different kind of album for the time it was released.
got into the guitar riffs on some of the track, also following along with the english translation was an interesting story
Definite headphone album, love how forward the vocals and bass are. Wish I spoke french. Girl on the cover reminds me of Lor. Melody - Prise Complete is my highlight.
soothing and nice and cool and short and cute
great bass + really well orchestrated. almost cinematic with a narrative. reminded me of portishead. this grew on me.
Strange French man says melody a lot then sings a song and then says melody a lot again. Pretty good though
This couldn’t be more stereotypically French if it hit you over the head with a baguette while smoking a Gauloises. I need to revisit this. That was pretty damn fun to listen to. I felt like I could almost understand it at parts too.
I don't speak French so I have no clue what was being sung, but I could listen to this all the time
Cool as hell. 7/10
Wow. What a surprise. Particularly loved the first and last one. Excellent psychedelic. Can't believe wiki told me this was pop
If Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson made a movie together, this would be the soundtrack.
So sexy and cool
Groovy late 60s/early 70s psychedelic/blues jam vibe with some awesome bass work. Jean-Claude Vannier knows his to write some lovely melodies (pun not intended)
Very enjoyable. Something a bit different but very easy on the ears. 3.5
een beetje donker en een beetje warm. you want it darker vibes
Really Cool. Epic opening track and was short and sweet. An eclectic mix of sounds - really liked the strings. Vocals very loud!
Heavily sampled by David Holmes, hard to hear it without that context - bit hit & miss but extra star for Don't Die Just Yet
instrumentals are groovy as all hell wow
It's obviously beautiful, Serge's voice is very smooth and I like it musically. I'm just afraid I'm losing some of it because mon francais est tres mal.
Different from what I'm used, really like the guitars. I need a mieux français though!
Musically great. Overall very cool vibe to the record
Wish my a French was better
I love this album. So sensual...so sexy. Never really heard anything else quite like it. A near 5, but 4.5 🌟 seems more accurate.
It’s great. Not quite a 5. The cover art is a 6.
Good stuff… probably didn’t give this enough attention, but always enjoy a bit of serge!
Rockier than I expected, like a Gallic Zappa.
Interesting album! Need to listen to the whole thing later.
4.4 + France’s pervie uncle can swing. The epitome of cool and composed. First came upon this via Beck’s “Paper Tiger.”
11/11 Sultry French vocals, soft rock soundscape. Standout Tracks: Melody, L'hôtel particulier, Cargo culte
Nice to have non US/UK choice. I loved this one, very funky, and due to minimal french, can avoid alleged paedo overtones to lyrics as noted in other reviews.
Ons melodieken hé. Leuk verhaal dat nu niet meer gemaakt zou worden. Gainsbourg altijd goed
A short groovy little album, with a bit of a Lolita theme to it. Worth listening to for some funky basslines mashed up with orchestral strings. It almost sounds like a sort of proto trip-hop album.
No idea what he’s whispering, but it sounds great. Really cool vibe, but I think it would benefit from having the band and music closer to the mic, it feels so far away! 4/5 - Who IS Melody Nelson?
Despite not knowing the name Serge Gainsbourg, I kind of knew what to expect. This was a perfectly chill way to start the day.
Kolejny dowod na potege matrixa listowego, wczoraj pisze o wyzszosci francuzkiego popu nad hamerykanskim, a dzisiaj dostaje jeden z najbaradziej eksperymentalnych, a nadal popowych albumow listy, bo takim wlasnie krazkiem jest histoire de melody nelson, plyte ciezko zaklasyfikowac gatunkowo, bo o takie kombo psychodelii, orkiesty i funku naprawde ciezko, pan Serge Gainsbourg na 28 minutach krazka opowiada historie zwiazku tytulowej lolity z panem wieku sredniego, oczywiscie autobiograficzne watki, jak przystalo na francuza, pan Serge opowiada historie swego zycia z lolita, nie jestem pewien czy na okladce jest akurat jego lolita, ale guglowanie albumu zwraca fotki pana Serga z podobnie loliciarska lolita, lecz nie sam motyw przewodni jakim jest tak francuski zwiazek stanowi o eksperymentalnosci tego albumu, ale muzyka, ktora latwiej zrozumiec niz francuzkie liryki naszpikowane grami slownymi z ktorymi translacja przegrywa nierowna walke, bo muzycznie jest to unikalne polaczenie funkowego rockowania z harmoniami muzyki synfornicznej, najlepiej te polaczenia graja na najdluzszych kawalkach epka, czyli otwierajacym i zamykjacym kompozycje melody i cargo culte, zwlaszcza ten drugi swietnie buduje napiecie przez stopniowe wprowadzanie kolejnych brzmien, zaczynajac od pojedynczych fristrajlowych brzdakniec elektryka, rytmicznego drumienia, zeby w polowie traku dojsc do czesci chorkowo symfonicznej i zamknac z przytupem wszystkim co fabryka dala, kompozycje z tej plyty sa dzielem pracy w duecie z Jean-Claudem Vannierem, dosc popularne imie tej plyty, bo jeszcze trzy osoby o takim imieniu sa featurowane na liscie personelu w tym jako producent pan Jean-Claude Desmarty, ktoremu trzeba pogratulowac tak swietnie brzmiacego nagrania, zwlaszcza jak na rok 71, wiec pomimo tego, ze lirycznie album pozostaje dla mnie engima, to jednak sluchalo sie go swietnie, w mysl zasady z poprzedniego pika, im mniej sie cos rozumie tym przyjemniej sie tego slucha, ciekawe ile swojej zaslugi w nagraniach mial sam pan Serge jako muzyk, bo tez jest zlistowany jako pianino, ktore sie troche przewija oraz gitara, chociaz tutaj tych gitar jest zdecydowanie wiecej niz jedna, tak czy inaczej album krotki, ale zostawiajacy wrazenie ktorego sie latwo nie zapomni, na plejke leci endingowy utwor, a cala plyta na poleczke spotifajowa, dajac kolejny powod do nadrobienia lolity nabokova
4/5. Sounds good, but why’d he have to do Lolita bruh, I can’t endorse that
My high-school level French is failing me here, but the funky beats speak to me.
Obviously I can’t understand the lyrics, but they’re delivered well and the music underneath them is great. Good stuff.
Sprawling, funky tracks in a satisfyingly short package. Also not the least bit suprised about the subject of the story considering it was made by a frenchman.
I have no idea what it was about. But it was good.
Bon, la thématique qui serait inspirée du roman Lolita de Vladimir Nobokov (que je n'ai pas lu) est malaisante. Bien que le roman serait considéré comme un chef d'oeuvre, je n'ai pas les clés pour comprendre l'intérêt de raconter ce sujet. Le qualité littéraire de ce livre devait donc plaire à Gainsbourg et il cherchait peut-être à provoquer comme il l'a déjà fait par le passé, mais le fait que ça semble effectivement cadrer avec l'homme soulève une ambiguïté qui ruine un peu mon écoute. Si on passe par dessus ça, en terme de qualité d'album, il y a du travail là! Un album concept court, avec une musique qui vient soutenir superbement une histoire racontée tout au long de l'album, ça fonctionne vraiment bien. La façon de livrer le texte qui peut être agaçante pour certains sert bien l'histoire. La basse sur l'album est superbe et les orchestrations ont définitivement influencées plusieurs artistes par la suite. La pièce En Melody est fantastique. L'ambiance dans la pièce Melody qui est reprise sur la dernière pièce, Cargo Culte, a sûrement influencée Jean Leloup pour quelques pièces sur Le Dôme (en plus de ressembler beaucoup à la mélodie d'Edgar). La basse de cette même pièce qui ferme l'album de Gainsbourg a été utilisée sur la pièce Paper Tiger de Beck. Bref, musicalement un album fantastique qui a influencé pleins d'artistes et qui se mériterait un 5 étoiles si ce n'était de la thématique. Pièce préférée: En Melody
Wow, Beck et Jean Leloup et Martin Léon ont écouté ça certain. L’ambiance de l’album est malade. Les cordes sont dépouillées et simples, mais super efficaces.
Well, that was an adventure. I don't know what in the name of French classical funk that was supposed to be, but I enjoyed it. This artist is either le Leonard Cohen or le William Shatnère, depending on whom you ask. Lots of dramatic talking and strange musical interludes. If you enjoy weird fusions of musical styles, you might like this one. I liked it pretty well and found it creative but didn't fully five-star adore it. Fave track: The opening track, "Melody," by far.
Serge Gainsbourg is a noted super-weirdo so I am very excited for this. Though he's also, I believe, a terrible pervert and creep, so also a little frightened. Melody starts pretty cool... Ok yea, this was musically everything I hoped for: weird jazziness, cool guitar, low muttered lyrics, a general cool lush vibe that was totally awesome.. And it was also everything I feared: according to Wiki this is indeed a concept album about him having sex with a 15-year-old. Oh Serge, why can't you just make good music without being a creepo? Still, gotta judge it on the music alone, I think. So high marks, but with an asterisk
I've been listening to a lot of French music from the 60's and early 70's lately, so I was happy to see this on the list. Serge Gainsbourg always seemed to have that creepy, older( French)man-vibe happening, similarly to Canada's Leonard Cohen, but you can't deny the talent and importance this music has to offer. I bought the old 45 of "Je t'aime… moi non plus", a couple years ago and have been intrigued with Serge and Jane Birkin ever since. The music is cool and if you can get past Gainsbourg's talking/singing style, it's an essential listen.
uy french ooooh kantalogue en melody - WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE, escandalo also, im digging this album cover
The desired effect here seems to be a religious experience. Without any French knowledge, I'm at something of a loss in evaluating it on those terms. The mix is something unlike anything else I've heard: Gainsbourg's voice behaves like some kind of rhythm instrument but sits at the very very very front of the mix. There's a sonic arc, and clearly a focused theme. Everything else is subtle. I picked up similarities between this and Charlotte's work, of course. Not sure exactly what was supposed to grab me, but it's at least a technically impressive album with clear intent behind it.
I didn't really like this. Sometimes the guitar was nice, but it was odd. And uncomfortable for me.
Sounded good but I don't speak french so it wasn't as impactful to me
I didn’t feel this through the first listen but the second time made me feel like I was watching a Wes Anderson movie so... I’m not sure what that means. It’s definitely charming.
This album sounded like how I imagine sex is like in France.
Really nice French. A bit psychadelic, sometimes too much.
Problematic lyrics and themes aside it was a decent listen I thought.
He preferido escuchar la versión original de 7 canciones y 28 minutos a la del 40 aniversario. Me ha sorprendido el sonido y la cantidad de samples que había escuchado de este disco en otras canciones más actuales. Me han gustado "Melody", "Ballade de Melody Nelson" y "Cargo Culte".
Probably won’t snag our big score. It was definitely 2 things: ok and French
Serge is too close to the mic, I can hear all the mouth sounds. 6/10, very French but sounds like mukbang.
Hilariously French. I did enjoy listening to it but not sure if musically or for the fun. As such I'm not sure I can give it three stars because would it become grating over time....?
I don't understand a word of it, but it sounds nice.
Enjoyable stuff! Love a 30 minute album :)
Not all French-speaking music sounds so stereotypically French which, on face value, makes this feel like a slightly tokenistic inclusion. That said, it clearly has wide-reaching influence beyond France and, on a personal level, I liked the musicianship and instrumentation but found the spoken word vocals a bit cringe. 6/10
Some relaxing tones and filled an otherwise silent space, but I will not be rushing to buy a gainsbourg album
Enjoyed this. Who IS Melody Nelson?! 🕵🏻♂️
Suited my mood as I leant out the window smoking my Gauloises.
Well this was a strange choice. Maybe it was the french language but it was quite sensual, which is what he’s famous for. Listenable certainly. ***
What a little gem this is. This mini-album is all new to me, had never heard of it, and I don't really know what's going on with the story. It's very relaxing, I'll be revisiting it for sleep assistance.
The way I first described this was "pleasant". By "En Melody" I was way more into it.
Not bad but too short on tunes
I found it very atmospheric which was nice, I think I probably would have had an entirely different experience if I understood the lyrics but I really enjoyed the vibes and I was sitting on the bus watching the world go by.
c'est vraiment intéressant musicalement en fait !
This is some sexy dark minimal French shit. Some of it's a little too boring rock for me.
Chilled and quiet, not particularly gripping
Whispery 70s French rock/funk. Its not bad, but not really for me.
Definitely different. There's some great instrumental work here but in the end I struggle with the singer's voice.
This album is a total vibe.
Interesting concept, but couldn't get the sonic idea.
Very 70s/80s Gainsbarre. Pretty cool and funky, albeit lecherous old man sleaze, but what do you expect from Gainsbourg? Enjoyable. I recognise the future Portishead/Massive Attack samples. 3.5
Cool but dated
catchy and smooth
Was nice even when you didn't understand can word
Barely an album but we’ve heard worse
This was very interesting. A bit challenging, it's not "standard" music .. yet it's good. I would probably not listen to it many more times, but I did enjoy it.
The French makes it sound cool, picturing a smoky bar with the bass player just living in the groove, drummer wearing shades. The synth was unexpected. Ironically, "Melody" had no melody, maybe that was the point?
3 was decent, better without lyrics
I am sure it’s influential, but I don’t speak French. Cool Melodie’s though.
Strange as fuck but somehow cool
So chic. Ouviria o dia inteiro.
Really interesting. Great writing. Gonna need to listen to this more. Might grow on me.
Hard to not start with the cover. Which is, well, a little concerning to be honest. But you sure can't take your eyes off her. Hopefully the music is just as compelling. Hmmm. looking at the track list I'm getting a distinct concept album vibe. OK here we go! ...slow start...ah ok here we go...almost...yes music coming soon...Melody not so much. I regret my lack of French. Instead I'm imagining someone with a cigarette in front of a mic on an open mic night being pretentious. And also probably a little concerning. Now checking out wikipedia ... and yes. That's the vibe. Wet bus stop. She's waiting. His car is warm and dry. The music is interesting, En Melody is my favorite although Melody's laugh goes a little Fran Drescher. I do wish I understood what he is saying, although maybe it is easier to enjoy with only vague brush strokes of the story. In any case, this album does seem like a legitimately interesting work.
Best Song: Melody. I don't know what's being said, but I like the way he says it. Worst Song: Ah Melody. Almost like a waltz? Didn't suit the brooding voice well. Overall: An engrossing and appealing voice quietly and powerfully delivered, although the arrangements of each of the songs on the album starts to feel a bit similar. I did quite like the strange vocals on En Melody however, with the suggestive laughter backed by some more forward instrumentation.
Not my favourite. I don't know why all these artists feel the need to put unpleasant sounds in the middle of their albums. Really does not help their ratings.
Decent sound. I’m torn by foreign language music. Is it better to understand the lyrics to appreciate what is being said or just to appreciate the sound? I’ve certainly fallen into both categories and on this occasion it worked well enough.
I was driving couldn't hear it too well
The man is just talking which a bit naf but it's french so I enjoyed it a bit more. Didn't understand any of it, bit tricky for a concept album but hey I had fun
Fun, fresh and funky.
The music was nice, but the vocals were... interesting.
Pretty dreamy sounding album; I didn't pay close enough attention to the lyrics (nor is my French that good) to pick up on the themes which appear to be somewhat controversial
rock lento mas divertido e em frances
I don't speak french so it's a little tough for me to judge the album. Music kind of seemed like it was meant for a film or something but to be fair since I don't really know what's going on I'll give the album a 3.
This album occasionally peaked my interest with some good guitar and rhythm but then it would go completely mad and unlistenable.
Hahah vad e det här? Nån som viskar en försiktigt i örat på franska, mkt märkligt. Men musik är ändå ok, var helt ok att lyssna på 😅
Very interesting, parts are jazzy or symphonic, lots of spoken word. Having trouble getting past the language barrier and the cool sexy vibe is ruined for me by the Lolita angle though.
Might be good but I can't understand it. Hate to give it a negative for that.
so, i actually liked the music. had a good grove, cool bass and string instruments. the angel harmonies on cargo cult were a plus. i didn't need the beat-poet french william shatner talking over a bunch of songs, and the en melody female noises were a bit over the top. almost 3.
Can’t understand French
I imagine at one point this was the height of cool for some. He speaks/sings! In French! He smokes while talking about women! A shirtless woman on the cover! Interesting as a point of reference but not much else for me, and I love 70s soft rock.
I didn't understand much of the lyrics, but this was clearly an album about the love of a woman. I think. The constant twanging of the bass was excessive,.
Definitely has a strong funk and rock vibe. The french...
A ratos más intenso, pero por lo general, tranquilo y reposado. Voz sugerente en francés
This one passed me by a bit. Obviously it's in french so I don't understand the lyrics but every other word was the title of the album
I often like spoken word music. the music here is pretty decent but obviously I have no clue whats being said which is pretty key when there's no singing. The cover is pretty cool but its tough to be 100% sure of Melody's age. If we trust the french (and we definitely shouldn't) not to be singing about something dodgy, this is decent background music, and if I spoke french i'd probably get more out of this. So its the first one where its my fault i don't like it. 2/5 overall. 3/5 for the song where Melody just laughs throughout it.
Sounds like this is going to be some more strange French whisper music.... what’s the point of this. Some cool stuff happening musically, but still when the Frenchman comes in and whispers into my ear it fills me with confusion.
The whole thing is french. 0RS
had i known french, i would have probably enjoyed it more
1970s French pop is a thing, that's for sure.
While some of the music was really cool, even Hendrix-esque, the whole thing didn't make too much sense too me overall.
A creepy concept album. The music is enjoyable. I would have enjoyed the album much more without the vocals. Not my thing. Won't listen again. From Wiki: "The Lolita-esque pseudo-autobiographical plot of the album involves the middle-aged Gainsbourg unintentionally colliding his Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost into teenage girl Melody Nelson's bicycle, and the subsequent seduction and romance that ensues."
cool and sultry, but the backstory....yikes
Not so much cup of tea. A bit too much avantgarde.
It's fine. It's really just a progressive rock album made into a soundtrack. Looking into the lyrics and "concept" of the concept album more made me feel a bit uncomfortable, but overall it was a decent experience. The music element of the album was mainly pretty good rock with some orchestral dramatics thrown in. The storytelling could've been better, but that's probably just because I can't speak French. Favorite track: Valse de Melody
First Listen. Very interesting sounds. Very nice.
2/5 sadly no
Linhas melódicas e instrumental interessantes e funcionam mesmo com vocal francês.
French background music
Not for me. Maybe it’s my American ignorance not understanding French… the music was cool. Should have been an instrumental album.
Such a strange album this. I really feel that some of the chords in the songs I've 100% heard sampled elsewhere but I can't put my finger on where and I know it's going to drive me crazy now.
Problematic gaur. Problematic saga. Fín tónlist og vel útfærð. Samt problematic. Ekki hægt að njóta.
I appreciate the diversity of this list but this ones not doing it for me
The orchestration was really interesting. Being French, I had no idea what was going on. If someone wasn't singing, I enjoyed it but when the signing was happening, hard pass.
While I would not go back and listen again, I definitely felt cool while listening 😆
Sometimes, French music in this vein does strike very well for me, capturing a mood of feeling that no other music does. However, this album came across as cheesy and only had a few bright spots in the back end.
You're better off exploring the French songs on the "Ocean's Twelve" soundtrack.
Mike Patton took inspiration here, and I can see it. Very old foreign pop. It was unique, mostly spoken word, then I read about the concept and felt less good about listening.
Too odd for me.
Some funky instrumentals, but overall not a fan.
Weird and not in a good way.
it's alright and it is fucking quickkkkk, but outside of being relatively unique it's not particularly good.
guy’s voice is way too prominent in the mix.
It was an uninspiring and not that entertaining of an album. It is all in French. Some of the music was ok. No need to listen.
Interesting but not really for me
Good production, decent tunes, just not my flavor.
Decent beats scattered throughout. Glad I don't speak French so I couldn't understand what I assume to be creepy subject matter.
Definitely would've enjoyed this more if I knew how to speak French. The guitar work is delectably lo-fi and loose throughout the LP, but the spoken-word focus means I found myself waiting out some sections as the narrative part of this concept album took center stage.
2, le language gap probably
I would like to acknowledge that the album itself certainly defies being slotted into any one genre. It's hard to believe that it came out in the 1970s; something about it seems a lot more current. That said, this album didn't do anything for me. The music might have been more enjoyable as an atmospheric thing, but the spoken-word lyrics sort of took away from that. And the "concept" of the album is unacceptable and disgusting. Just, why?
Bit weird for me.
super weird. The music is ok, but the whispered "Melody. Melody Nelson"s kinda freaked me out. Also might be better if I understood the words/story. Doubt I'll be revisiting this one.
This is a tough album for me to comment on (if you know the concept), but if I were to pick some faves, they'd be "Cargo culte" and "L’Hôtel particulier"
Sounds alright until you know what it's about and then it's creepy and gross.
The instrumentation is sparse, and it's been years since I spent time on Duolingo French, so this album doesn't really do much for me. It's not offensive, by any means, but if the focus of this record is going to be the story and lyrics, I need to be able to understand it. Favorite tracks: "Ah Melody"
1971. Key Songs: Melody
Not for me
French ASMR hardly music
this is what people mean when they say French people are pretentious
Garbage. Just garbage. This was awful. I'll take 8 straight hours of Californication over 1 re-listen of this French crap.
Comment tu t’appelles? Melody Nelson
No no no
I am losing the will to live! Some decent albums, PLEASE! This one is all in French & is trash
guy doesn’t even sing
I dont speak french so didnt understand the words. Music was decent.
It was in French. What’s the point of that. 0.1/10
I didn’t really like it but then again I wasn’t paying attention at all.
i hated this. just a french dude whispering
I am not listening to a spoken-word album in "Fr*nch" about a 15 year old girl by a full grown ass man.
well the concept is pretty off putting, so chose not to listen that much
The orchestral instrumentation is awesome on this album. The concept of the album is not. I wouldn’t care to listen to this again.
Not for me
I thought I’d enjoy this bland and aimless mess of pretentiousness better if I looked up a translation of the lyrics. That just made things far worse…
Absolute fucking dogshit
Utter wank, this holds the "award" of being one of so far 2 albums I couldn't finish. His voice, the "music" and the whole premise behind the album was awful, if I could give zero I would, nothing enjoyable about this at all
Nimalo muzikalno. Možda bi mi se svidilo da znan francuski il da san imala vrimena guglat prijevod. Priživila pola albuma
ajme ne mogu ja ovo hahah jedna pisma cila vječnost
On paper, this sounds like a terrible album: French beat poetry about a fling between a middle-aged man and a 15-year-old girl. In reality, it's actually worse than that. Serge goes to great pains to explain just how rich he is. He spends a whole song talking about his Rolls Royce, and another one describing going on about the interior décor of his luxurious hotel. But he's sad, and here's a pretty girl he just happened to notice. Won't she be a nice trophy? "Don't tell me if you're not a virgin," he says in so many words, because that would ruin the experience. I mean, what the fuck. I guess I should mention that the backing music is nice, but I already feel dirty for giving this guy half a cent by listening to his album on Spotify. If I ever want to relive the vibe, I'll just go find Beck's stuff and listen with a clean conscience. Best track: Cargo culte (for the backing choir)
I thought his voice sounded so creepy so I looked up what the album was actually about: “Its Lolita-esque pseudo-autobiographical narrative follows the illicit romance that develops between the middle-aged Gainsbourg and 15-year old girl Melody Nelson.” Yeah, no. This was gonna be a 2 based off what I initially heard and now it’s a 1.
no, no, no. absolutely not. i don't care if many music critics and personnel find this influential and life changing. this album is about statutory rape! i was going to give it 2 stars because musically, it wasn't too bad of an album, but that was until i got to the sex noises in "en melody". what on earth is this album? i wish i could give 0 stars.
A parte de para hacerte el interesante, ¿en qué momento vas a escuchar a un FRANCÉS "cantando" flojito con musiquita de fondo? yo digo no.
Unsettling French whispering over blues music don't like