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Histoire De Melody Nelson

Serge Gainsbourg

1971

Histoire De Melody Nelson

Album Summary

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.

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Rating

2.8

Votes

4722

Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

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

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Fri Aug 20 2021
1

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

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

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.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

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.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

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.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
2

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.

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Fri Oct 09 2020
1

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.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
5

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 :)))

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Sat Nov 20 2021
5

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

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

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.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

Not the masterpiece it is usually hailed as, but very original and atmospheric. An album where to come back from time to time.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

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.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

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.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

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.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

the instrumentation and production are impressive, but the concept is cringey AF

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Thu Jan 28 2021
1

No thanks. I actually hear the air from his mouth. Grosses me out

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Fri Dec 10 2021
1

Tre merde !

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Thu May 19 2022
1

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.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
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.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

Damn. Chicago 2012. Yup

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

Absolute surprise - Loved it

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Tue Jun 01 2021
5

Total revelation, never knew of this album’s existence and yet it has influenced so much music that I love!

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Tue May 18 2021
5

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.

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Mon May 10 2021
5

It's like opera... I don't understand it, but it sounds amazing.

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Sun Sep 05 2021
5

There are flaws, to be sure, but I adore this.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

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.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

Loved it, very very french

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Fri Mar 18 2022
5

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

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Thu Apr 28 2022
5

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

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

Tre cool. I've not listened to a lot of French music (outside of rap and whatever they play on Lupin) but this was good.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

This was a great listen, and surprising that it was made in 1971.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

This was a fascinating album. Loved the ebbed and flow of it.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

How come I didn't even know about this album before? I've heard of Serge Gainsbourg, but never in context of music. And now I know what a mistake that was. Histoire De Melody Nelson is a really well crafted album (although very short, just 27 minutes), that combines four main pillars, that could stand on their own anywhere else: - a funky bass line, that welcomes us to the album and doesn't leave us until the last notes - guitar with incredibly psychedelic solos, you could easily mistake it for a Pink Floyd part - orchestral elements added by Jean-Claude Vannier, adding another dimension to the album - and finally the vocal of Gainsbourg, soft and very deep voice, mostly just talking, is like a perfect topping for this musical cake. The whole album feels like a jam session of four musicians playing different genres of music, but somehow not only it works well, but is absolutely amazing. One of the easiest 5 stars on this list, especially among the albums I have never heard of.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

Surprisingly delightful!

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

In an alternative, dystopian world, I could have lived and died without ever having heard this 28 minutes of sublime music. Fortunately, I do not live in such a world, so I have heard it, and my life is enhanced by having done so.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

This is a really fascinating album and piece of art. It's disturbing, perverted, poetic and sonically unique. I really enjoyed it.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

quite nice even if i cant understand the lyrics much nothing much like it

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Very sultry music about an underage romance. Very evocative.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

This was pretty good. Definitely a different kind of album for the time it was released.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

got into the guitar riffs on some of the track, also following along with the english translation was an interesting story

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

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.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

soothing and nice and cool and short and cute

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

great bass + really well orchestrated. almost cinematic with a narrative. reminded me of portishead. this grew on me.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Strange French man says melody a lot then sings a song and then says melody a lot again. Pretty good though

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

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.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

I don't speak French so I have no clue what was being sung, but I could listen to this all the time

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Sun May 02 2021
4

Cool as hell. 7/10

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Wow. What a surprise. Particularly loved the first and last one. Excellent psychedelic. Can't believe wiki told me this was pop

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Sun Feb 07 2021
4

If Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson made a movie together, this would be the soundtrack.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

So sexy and cool

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

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)

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

Very enjoyable. Something a bit different but very easy on the ears. 3.5

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

een beetje donker en een beetje warm. you want it darker vibes

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Really Cool. Epic opening track and was short and sweet. An eclectic mix of sounds - really liked the strings. Vocals very loud!

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

Heavily sampled by David Holmes, hard to hear it without that context - bit hit & miss but extra star for Don't Die Just Yet

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

instrumentals are groovy as all hell wow

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

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.

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Sat Apr 17 2021
4

Different from what I'm used, really like the guitars. I need a mieux français though!

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Sat May 29 2021
4

Musically great. Overall very cool vibe to the record

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

Wish my a French was better

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Thu Aug 19 2021
4

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.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

It’s great. Not quite a 5. The cover art is a 6.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Good stuff… probably didn’t give this enough attention, but always enjoy a bit of serge!

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

Rockier than I expected, like a Gallic Zappa.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

Interesting album! Need to listen to the whole thing later.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

4.4 + France’s pervie uncle can swing. The epitome of cool and composed. First came upon this via Beck’s “Paper Tiger.”

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

11/11 Sultry French vocals, soft rock soundscape. Standout Tracks: Melody, L'hôtel particulier, Cargo culte

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

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.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Ons melodieken hé. Leuk verhaal dat nu niet meer gemaakt zou worden. Gainsbourg altijd goed

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Sat Jan 22 2022
4

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.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

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?

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Despite not knowing the name Serge Gainsbourg, I kind of knew what to expect. This was a perfectly chill way to start the day.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

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

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

4/5. Sounds good, but why’d he have to do Lolita bruh, I can’t endorse that

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

My high-school level French is failing me here, but the funky beats speak to me.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

Obviously I can’t understand the lyrics, but they’re delivered well and the music underneath them is great. Good stuff.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

Så lit...

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

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.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

De fana

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

I have no idea what it was about. But it was good.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

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

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

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.

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Wed May 11 2022
4

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.

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Thu May 19 2022
4

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

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

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.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
4

4.75

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

The music is strangely compelling.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

интересная вещь, концептуальный альбом, отсылки к набокову, все дела (лучше почитать про альбомчик перед прослушиванием). плюс сама музыка хороша (первый трек ваще кайфс), но тут уж простое человеческое "не вставило"...

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

still gotta listen

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Sun Sep 18 2022
4

This album stinks of Gitanes and sex.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

4-5, interesting concept

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

me gustó

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

I like this. I know this artist for the Bonnie and Clyde song, which unfortunately isn't on here. This is a quick trip, apparently a concept album about a man in love with a young teen....Lolita vibes. That part of it is creepy and off-putting, but considering it's in French, I can listen without hearing that part. The music is great though, and Serge's style of talk-singing is cool too. Quite an enjoyable listen. Favorite tracks: Melody, Ballade de Melody Nelson, L'hotel Particulier, Cargo Culte. Album art: It's the artist's partner, Jane Birkin, posing as this young teen/girl that the album is about, clutching a teddy bear over her bare chest. Pretty weird stuff, I wouldn't exactly say she or he were in their "bag" with this one. Get it? The Birkin bag? 4/5

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Yikes French. But just 28 mins. The first/last track is ripped onto a David Holmes album so I know and it works well. Ok I was a bit sneery but I think this is pretty awesome. The lyrics are a bit creepy...but the Cool as fuck background guitar. Those jazzy drums/bass The strings/choir when they come in!. 4

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

I kinda dig it

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

This was very enjoyable. I wish I could have understood the story.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

Something different, pretty cool, and I didn't have to understand the lyrics to like it. The whole melody nelson got a little too repetitive but its a very decent album. It's also short so it doesn't overstay its welcome.

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Fri Oct 30 2020
3

uy french ooooh kantalogue en melody - WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE, escandalo also, im digging this album cover

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Wed Jan 06 2021
3

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.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

I didn't really like this. Sometimes the guitar was nice, but it was odd. And uncomfortable for me.

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Thu Sep 24 2020
3

Sounded good but I don't speak french so it wasn't as impactful to me

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Sun Feb 07 2021
3

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.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

This album sounded like how I imagine sex is like in France.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

Really nice French. A bit psychadelic, sometimes too much.

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Sun Feb 07 2021
3

Problematic lyrics and themes aside it was a decent listen I thought.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
3

Guta

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

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".

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

Probably won’t snag our big score. It was definitely 2 things: ok and French

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Serge is too close to the mic, I can hear all the mouth sounds. 6/10, very French but sounds like mukbang.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

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....?

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

I don't understand a word of it, but it sounds nice.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Enjoyable stuff! Love a 30 minute album :)

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

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

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Some relaxing tones and filled an otherwise silent space, but I will not be rushing to buy a gainsbourg album

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Enjoyed this. Who IS Melody Nelson?! 🕵🏻‍♂️

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

Suited my mood as I leant out the window smoking my Gauloises.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

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. ***

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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

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.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

The way I first described this was "pleasant". By "En Melody" I was way more into it.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

Not bad but too short on tunes

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Wed May 19 2021
3

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.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

c'est vraiment intéressant musicalement en fait !

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

This is some sexy dark minimal French shit. Some of it's a little too boring rock for me.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

Chilled and quiet, not particularly gripping

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

Whispery 70s French rock/funk. Its not bad, but not really for me.

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Thu May 13 2021
3

Definitely different. There's some great instrumental work here but in the end I struggle with the singer's voice.

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Wed May 19 2021
3

This album is a total vibe.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
3

Interesting concept, but couldn't get the sonic idea.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

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

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Sun Sep 26 2021
3

Cool but dated

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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

catchy and smooth

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

Was nice even when you didn't understand can word

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

Barely an album but we’ve heard worse

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

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.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

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?

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

3 was decent, better without lyrics

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Mon Jan 17 2022
3

I am sure it’s influential, but I don’t speak French. Cool Melodie’s though.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Strange as fuck but somehow cool

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

So chic. Ouviria o dia inteiro.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

Really interesting. Great writing. Gonna need to listen to this more. Might grow on me.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
3

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.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

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.

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Thu May 19 2022
3

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.

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Thu May 19 2022
3

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.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

I was driving couldn't hear it too well

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

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

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

Fun, fresh and funky.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

The music was nice, but the vocals were... interesting.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

fun album.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

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

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Sun Aug 07 2022
3

rock lento mas divertido e em frances

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Mon Aug 08 2022
3

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.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Something completely different but actually quite pleasant to listen to. Probably a lot more interesting when you can easily understand the lyrics - my french isn't good enough without a lot of effort, so I didn't even try.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

I'll look at this the same way I see trip hop music. In that regards, it's pretty good. He's a little too close to the mic, but soothing, sexy, and fitting with the grand orchestral music. I enjoy the use of the funky rock instrumental, and the avant-garde touches are nice like the creepy laughing in "En Melody" (swear to god dont let it be pedopholic sex). It's a complete and short album and does what it accomplished. Two songs make up half the album, and they're pretty much the same. Rating this a 3 mostly because the instrumental is a bit underwhelming in many parts, but it's a pleasant listen from start to finish. Favorites: Ballade, Ah Melody, En Melody

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

¡C’est si bon!

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

I was too lazy to do it today will go back later.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

Conceptuellement, cela ne ressemble à rien d'autre que j'ai entendu. Je ne peux pas tolérer le traitement de la jeune Melody Nelson, la pauvre fille. Soniquement, c'est immersif et mystérieux.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

Better than I thought it was going to be. It sounded like a load of Portishead samples! I didn't understand much of the lyrics, though.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

For the first and last tracks alone this deserves to be on the list. Cool as fuck.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Breathy and plodding french folk music. Idiosyncratic and with an interesting production style but not very gripping due to it's self-indulgence. Still, this is an album with undeniable artistic merit.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

A concept album that made a lot for french music.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Loved the instrumentation, and his vocals are interesting, well done in their style. Subject matter sounds very French.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

Pretty cool but not enough of it

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

I loved the instrumentation and composition behind the song. The 70s guitar, funk bass, and orchestral arrangements were all very good. I am not a big fan of spoken word singing though and got rather bored with the vocals. Had they been sung; I'd have enjoyed this much more.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

This was okay for me. I didn't really love it, but I can see its appeal to people who enjoy this type of music. It was just sort of eh to me.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

Groovy. I've heard most of this from other sources (and I'm sure I've played it through at least once). Not unlike acolyte Jarvis Cocker, I don't enjoy a creepy man whispering in my headphones. 4 stars for music and influence, minus 1 star for Serge.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
3

Get music and music

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Wed May 19 2021
2

This album occasionally peaked my interest with some good guitar and rhythm but then it would go completely mad and unlistenable.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

No

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Mon Feb 01 2021
2

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 😅

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

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.

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Thu May 06 2021
2

Might be good but I can't understand it. Hate to give it a negative for that.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
2

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.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

Can’t understand French

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Sun Feb 07 2021
2

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.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
2

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,.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

Definitely has a strong funk and rock vibe. The french...

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Tue Jun 29 2021
2

A ratos más intenso, pero por lo general, tranquilo y reposado. Voz sugerente en francés

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Tue Jun 01 2021
2

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

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

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.

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Wed May 19 2021
2

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.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
2

The whole thing is french. 0RS

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

had i known french, i would have probably enjoyed it more

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Fri May 07 2021
2

1970s French pop is a thing, that's for sure.

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Sun May 16 2021
2

While some of the music was really cool, even Hendrix-esque, the whole thing didn't make too much sense too me overall.

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Thu May 27 2021
2

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."

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Mon Jun 21 2021
2

Weird

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Mon Jul 26 2021
2

cool and sultry, but the backstory....yikes

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Thu Aug 05 2021
2

Not so much cup of tea. A bit too much avantgarde.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
2

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

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Mon Sep 06 2021
2

First Listen. Very interesting sounds. Very nice.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
2

2/5 sadly no

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Fri Sep 10 2021
2

it's ok

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Fri Sep 17 2021
2

Linhas melódicas e instrumental interessantes e funcionam mesmo com vocal francês.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
2

French background music

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Sun Oct 03 2021
2

Not for me. Maybe it’s my American ignorance not understanding French… the music was cool. Should have been an instrumental album.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
2

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.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
2

Problematic gaur. Problematic saga. Fín tónlist og vel útfærð. Samt problematic. Ekki hægt að njóta.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
2

I appreciate the diversity of this list but this ones not doing it for me

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