5:55

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5:55
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Studio album by Charlotte Gainsbourg
Released 28 August 2006 (2006-08-28)
Genre Indie pop, dream pop
Length 42:37
Language English, French
Label Because Music, Atlantic, Vice
Producer Nigel Godrich
Charlotte Gainsbourg chronology
Charlotte for Ever
(1986)
5:55
(2006)
IRM
(2009)
Singles from 5:55
  1. "The Songs That We Sing"
    Released: 2006
  2. "5:55"
    Released: 2007
  3. "The Operation"
    Released: 2007
  4. "Beauty mark"
    Released: 2007
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic72/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
The Guardian4/5 stars[3]
The Observer5/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media(5.8/10)[5]
The Times3/5 stars[6]

5:55 is the second album by French musician and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg. It is also her first album release in twenty years. Charlotte collaborated on the album with French duo Air, English musician Jarvis Cocker, and Irish singer-songwriter Neil Hannon, as well as Radiohead's main producer Nigel Godrich. "The Songs That We Sing" and "5:55" were released as singles. The album went platinum in France, selling over 500,000 copies.[7][8] In the United States, the album sold a modest 22,000 copies. "The Songs That We Sing" was #78 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.[9]

In order to distance herself from her famous father and mother (Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin),[citation needed] Charlotte decided to sing most of the album in English (leaving only one song in French, "Tel Que Tu Es", meaning "Such As You Are"). In France, the album received critical acclaim, with critics describing this effort as a total achievement from all points of view. English reviews have been more mixed. Notably, Pitchfork Media's review described the album's erotic lyrical content as reminiscent of Serge Gainsbourg's, and Charlotte's vocal approach as highly similar to that of her mother.[5] Overall, the album received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregator website Metacritic.[1]

The first single, "The Songs That We Sing" was also included in the soundtrack to the 2009 film The Uninvited.[10][11]

In 2012 it was awarded a platinum certification from the Independent Music Companies Association which indicated sales of at least 400,000 copies throughout Europe.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel.

No.TitleLyricsLength
1."5:55"
4:52
2."AF607105"Cocker4:30
3."The Operation"Cocker3:59
4."Tel Que Tu Es"
  • Godin
  • Dunckel
3:09
5."The Songs That We Sing"2:57
6."Beauty Mark"
  • Hannon
  • Cocker
  • Godin
  • Dunckel
3:06
7."Little Monsters"Cocker3:46
8."Jamais"Cocker4:37
9."Night-Time Intermission"2:44
10."Everything I Cannot See"Cocker5:45
11."Morning Song"
  • Cocker
  • Gainsbourg
3:08

Bonus tracks[edit]

On some releases one or two bonus tracks were added.

No.TitleLyricsLength
12."Set Yourself on Fire"Cocker4:10
13."Somewhere Between Waking and Sleeping"
  • Hannon
  • Cocker
3:45

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2006/2007) Peak
position
French Albums Chart[13] 1
Austrian Albums Chart[14] 41
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[15] 15
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[16] 2
Dutch Albums Chart[17] 99
European Billboard Top 100 Albums[18] 14
German Albums Chart[19] 38
Swedish Albums Chart[20] 57
Swiss Albums Chart[21] 12
UK Albums Chart 78
US Billboard 200[22][23] 196
US Billboard Top Heatseekers[23][24] 9
US Billboard Top Independent Albums[23][25] 24

Singles[edit]

"The Songs That We Sing"
Chart (2006/2007) Peak
position
French SNEP Singles Chart[26] 30
Belgian Ultratip Chart (Flanders)[26] 10
Belgian Ultratip Chart (Wallonia)[26] 4
UK Singles Chart 129
Billboard European Hot 100 Singles[27] 87

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog Notes
France 28 August 2006 (2006-08-28) Because Music CD 3116662
Enhanced CD 3116672 Limited edition, with bonus track "Set Yourself on Fire". Enhanced section includes a Flash version of the booklet including lyrics, pictures and credits.
4 September 2006 (2006-09-04) LP album BEC5772052 Double album.
UK Because Music, Atlantic Records 5051011-5911-2-9
Europe Because Music, Warner Music 2564-63652-2
Japan 8 November 2006 (2006-11-08) Warner Music CD WPCR-12431 With bonus tracks "Set Yourself on Fire" and "Somewhere Between Waking and Sleeping"
US 24 April 2007 (2007-04-24) Vice Records Enhanced CD 94703-2 With bonus tracks "Set Yourself on Fire" and "Somewhere Between Waking and Sleeping". Enhanced section includes the promotional videos of "The Songs That We Sing" and "5:55" and an interview with Gainsbourg.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.metacritic.com/music/555/charlotte-gainsbourg
  2. ^ Phares, Heather. "5:55 > Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  3. ^ Petridis, Alexis (1 September 2006). "CD: Charlotte Gainsbourg, 5:55". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  4. ^ Hussey, Andrew (13 August 2006). "CD: Charlotte Gainsbourg, 5.55". The Observer. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  5. ^ a b Hogan, Marc (15 September 2006). "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Charlotte Gainsbourg: 5:55". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  6. ^ Mulvey, John (2 September 2006). "Charlotte Gainsbourg: 5.55 review". The Times. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  7. ^ Atlantic Records :: Charlotte Gainsbourg News Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Charlotte Gainsbourg : un 5ème album en octobre 2012". pure charts. 2011-12-15. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  9. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2007 : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. 27 December 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  10. ^ "The Uninvited (2009/I) - Soundtracks". IMDB. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  11. ^ "The Uninvited (2009) - Cast and Credits". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  12. ^ http://www.vut.de/index.php?id=42&tx_vutnews_pi1%5Barticle%5D=210&cHash=b7db7c5c120f55ac6c06cd370dbeec86
  13. ^ "lescharts.com – Charlotte Gainsbourg – 5:55" (in French). Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  14. ^ "Charlotte Gainsbourg – 5:55 – austriancharts.at" (in German). Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  15. ^ "ultratop.be – Charlotte Gainsbourg – 5:55" (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  16. ^ "ultratop.be – Charlotte Gainsbourg – 5:55" (in French). Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  17. ^ "dutchcharts.nl – Charlotte Gainsbourg – 5:55" (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  18. ^ "5:55 – Charlotte Gainsbourg – The Visualizer – European Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  19. ^ "Gainsbourg, Charlotte / Longplay" (in German). musicline.de. Retrieved 15 June 2010.
  20. ^ "swedishcharts.com – Charlotte Gainsbourg – 5:55". Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  21. ^ "Charlotte Gainsbourg – 5:55 – hitparade.ch" (in German). Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  22. ^ "Charlotte Gainsbourg Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  23. ^ a b c "Charlotte Gainsbourg > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  24. ^ "Charlotte Gainsbourg Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  25. ^ "Charlotte Gainsbourg Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  26. ^ a b c "lescharts.com – Charlotte Gainsbourg – The Songs That We Sing" (in French). Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  27. ^ "The Songs That We Sing – Charlotte Gainsbourg". Billboard. Retrieved 12 December 2009.

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