IRM (album)

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IRM
Studio album by Charlotte Gainsbourg
Released 4 December 2009 (2009-12-04)
(see release history)
Genre Alternative rock, experimental, synthpop
Length 41:49
Label Because Music/Elektra
Producer Beck
Charlotte Gainsbourg chronology
5:55
(2006)
IRM
(2009)
Stage Whisper
(2011)
Singles from IRM
  1. "Heaven Can Wait"
    Released: 17 November 2009[1]
  2. "Time of the Assassins"
    Released: 12 April 2010[2][3]

IRM is the third studio album by French electropop singer Charlotte Gainsbourg, with all songs written and produced by Beck except "Le Chat Du Café Des Artistes" (written by Jean-Pierre Ferland). The album title was inspired by the French acronym for a MRI scanner.[4] The title track was released as a free download on 9 October 2009.[5] The album was mostly recorded at Beck's home studio in Los Angeles, California.[6] The lead single is "Heaven Can Wait", a duet with Beck, and was released on 2 November. The music video for "Heaven Can Wait" was directed by Keith Schofield and was released on 19 November 2009.[7] The video for "Heaven Can Wait" was named one of the Top 20 best music videos of 2009 by Spin Magazine.[8] "Trick Pony" is featured in the football video game FIFA 11.

Track listing[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[9]
The A.V. Club (B+)[10]
BBC Music (very positive)[11]
The Daily Telegraph 4/5 stars[12]
Drowned in Sound 6/10 stars[13]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[14]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[15]
Pitchfork Media (8.4/10)[16]
PopMatters (9/10)[17]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[18]
The Times 3/5 stars[19]
Uncut 4/5 stars[20]
Under the Radar 8/10 stars[21]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Master's Hands"   Beck 2:49
2. "IRM"   Beck 2:35
3. "Le Chat du Café des Artistes"   Jean-Pierre Ferland, Michel Robidoux 4:03
4. "In the End"   Beck 2:00
5. "Heaven Can Wait"   Beck 2:41
6. "Me and Jane Doe"   Beck 3:21
7. "Vanities"   Beck 3:38
8. "Time of the Assassins"   Beck 2:46
9. "Trick Pony"   Beck 2:53
10. "Greenwich Mean Time"   Beck, Charlotte Gainsbourg 2:25
11. "Dandelion"   Beck 3:18
12. "Voyage"   Beck 4:05
13. "La Collectionneuse"   Beck, Guillaume Apollinaire 5:15

Bonus tracks[edit]

Digital Editions
No. Title Length
14. "Looking Glass Blues"   2:42
iTunes Edition
No. Title Length
15. "Heaven Can Wait (Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear Remix)"   2:15
VirginMega Edition
No. Title Length
15. "Heaven Can Wait (Jackson "Escalator" Mix)"   7:06

Reception[edit]

The album currently has a Metacritic score of 80/100 based on 21 professional reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[22]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position[23]
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 8
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 35
Canadian Albums Chart 27
Danish Albums Chart 39
French Albums Chart 4
Greek Album Charts 13
Swedish Albums Chart 46
Swiss Albums Chart 28
UK Albums Chart 62
U.S. Billboard 200 69
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums 16
U.S. Billboard Top Digital Albums 25
U.S. Billboard Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums 11
U.S. Billboard European Album Chart 73

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
Belgium 4 December 2009 CD
France 7 December 2009 Because Music CD
Switzerland 7 December 2009 CD
Canada 8 December 2009 Warner Music CD
Germany 11 December 2009 CD
Brazil 22 January 2010 CD 825646842476
United Kingdom 25 January 2010 Because Music CD BEC5772602
CD+DVD BEC5772603
LP BEC5772607
United States 26 January 2010 Elektra CD
Argentina 11 February 2010[24] Warner Music CD

Sunset Sound EP[edit]

On 13 April 2010, Gainsbourg released a four-track EP called Sunset Sound EP, which contains four songs from IRM recorded live at Sunset Sound Recorders with Beck Hansen.[25]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Heaven Can Wait" – 2:15
  2. "Greenwich Mean Time" – 2:35
  3. "Voyage" – 3:40
  4. "In the End" – 1:51

Promotional tour[edit]

To promote IRM, Gainsbourg embarked on her first live tour by performing at several venues, music festivals and television shows in North America, Europe and Asia.[26][27][28][29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Heaven Can Wait by Charlotte Gainsbourg on iTunes". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  2. ^ "Time of the Assassins by Charlotte Gainsbourg on Amazon". Amazon.fr. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  3. ^ Hughes, Josiah (2010-04-15). "Time of the Assassins single release". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  4. ^ "IRM Songfacts". Songfacts.com. 2010-01-10. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  5. ^ ""IRM" Charlotte Gainsbourg New Album produced by Beck". 9 October 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Charlotte Gainsbourg's Skull Sessions". L.A. Weekly. February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Charlotte Gainsbourg - Heaven can wait". YouTube. 2010-01-22. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  8. ^ "The 20 Best Videos of 2009". SPIN.com. 2009-12-14. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  9. ^ AllMusic review
  10. ^ Williams, Christian (2010-02-02). "The A.V. Club review". Avclub.com. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  11. ^ "BBC Music review". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  12. ^ McCormick, Neil (2010-01-19). "The Daily Telegraph review". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  13. ^ Kevin E.G. Perry (2010-01-21). "Drowned in Sound review". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  14. ^ Maddy Costa. "The Guardian review". Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  15. ^ "Los Angeles Times review". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  16. ^ "Pitchfork review". Pitchfork.com. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  17. ^ Miller, Michael. "PopMatters review". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  18. ^ Young, Jon. "Spin review". Spin.com. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  19. ^ The Times review[dead link]
  20. ^ "Uncut review". Uncut.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  21. ^ Studarus, Laura. "Under the Radar review". Undertheradarmag.com. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  22. ^ IRM reviews Metacritic. Retrieved on 7 April 2010
  23. ^ Steffen Hung. "Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  24. ^ "Charlotte Gainsbourg - Irm". Musimundo.com. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  25. ^ Hughes, Josiah (2010-04-15). "XXXChange, Matthew Dear Remix Charlotte Gainsbourg on New EP". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  26. ^ "Charlotte Gainsbourg Plays Her First-Ever Concert". SPIN.com. 2010-01-20. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  27. ^ "/ Arts - Charlotte Gainsbourg, Hiro Ballroom, Maritime Hotel, New York". Ft.com. 2010-01-27. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  28. ^ http://www.charlottegainsbourg.com/#/live_en
  29. ^ "Charlotte Gainsbourg Conquers Stage and Screen, But Still Gets the Jitters". Spinner. 2010-05-03. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 

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