Rest (Charlotte Gainsbourg album)

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Rest
Rest (Charlotte Gainsbourg).jpg
Studio album by
Released17 November 2017 (2017-11-17)
Studio
  • A.S. (Paris)
  • Palestine (Paris)
  • Motorbass (Paris)
  • Electric Lady (New York)
  • Crowdspacer (Brooklyn, New York)
Length46:23
Language
  • English
  • French
LabelBecause
ProducerSebastiAn[a]
Charlotte Gainsbourg chronology
Stage Whisper
(2011)
Rest
(2017)
Take 2
(2018)
Singles from Rest
  1. "Rest"
    Released: 8 September 2017
  2. "Deadly Valentine"
    Released: 21 September 2017

Rest is the fifth album by French singer and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg. It was primarily produced by French electronic musician SebastiAn, and released on 17 November 2017 by Because Music. It is her first album release in six years, and features collaborations with Paul McCartney, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Owen Pallett and Connan Hosford, among others. The tracks "Rest" and "Deadly Valentine" were released as singles and music videos, both directed by Gainsbourg herself.

The album explores the deaths of Gainsbourg's father Serge Gainsbourg and half-sister Kate Barry, with a focus on the theme of alcohol addiction. She has commented that "the album took a different direction. I wanted to express [my grief] not only with sadness but with anger."[1] The lyrics are in English and French.[1][2]

Background[edit]

When they first met, SebastiAn told Gainsbourg that he would like to work with her but that he wanted the project to be done in French, but she refused to do so. A year later, Gainsbourg, after the death of her sister Kate Barry, contacted him again and told him that she would like to say certain things and that she could only say them in French.[3] Thus, they started working on Rest in New York.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.5/10[5]
Metacritic80/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[7]
The A.V. ClubB+[8]
The Guardian[9]
Mojo[10]
The Observer[11]
Pitchfork8.7/10[12]
Q[13]
Rolling Stone[14]
The Times[15]
Uncut8/10[16]

Rest received acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 80 out of 100, which indicates "generally favorable reviews" based on 22 reviews.[6] Olivia Horn of Pitchfork awarded the album a "Best New Music" designation, claiming "it is at once scorchingly intimate and fantastically oversized".[12] Exclaim!'s Anna Alger praised Gainsbourg for striking "a balance between sombre beauty and a mix of Euro disco, funk and pop."[17]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Albumism 50 Best Albums of 2017
11
BrooklynVegan Top 50 Albums of 2017
29
Drowned in Sound Favourite Albums of 2017
64
FLOOD Magazine The Best Albums of 2017
5
Earbuddy 100 Best Albums of 2017
13
Noisey The 100 Best Albums of 2017
99
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2017
17
The 20 Best Pop and R&B Albums of 2017
5
The Independent 30 Best Albums of 2017
24
The Guardian The Best Albums of 2017
31

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Charlotte Gainsbourg; all music composed and produced by SebastiAn; except where noted.

No.TitleLyricsMusicProducer(s)Length
1."Ring-a-Ring o' Roses"   4:28
2."Lying with You"   3:18
3."Kate"   3:40
4."Deadly Valentine"   6:04
5."I'm a Lie"   3:29
6."Rest"
Guy-Manuel de Homem-ChristoGuy-Manuel de Homem-Christo3:38
7."Sylvia Says"
  4:27
8."Songbird in a Cage"Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney 4:32
9."Dans vos airs"  3:33
10."Les Crocodiles" 
  • SebastiAn
  • Hosford
 3:17
11."Les Oxalis"   7:57
Total length:46:23

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[41] Gold 50,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Except "Rest", produced by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. Additional vocal production and editing by Brian Burton on "Lying with You", "I'm a Lie", "Dans vos airs" and "Les Crocodiles".

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Anna Gaca: Video: Charlotte Gainsbourg – “Rest”. Spin (2017)
  3. ^ "On a discuté avec Sebastian, de son grand retour à Frank Ocean". Konbini. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  4. ^ Hamard, Jonathan (25 May 2015). "Charlotte Gainsbourg à New York avec SebastiAn pour son nouvel album". chartsinfrance.net. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Rest by Charlotte Gainsbourg reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Rest by Charlotte Gainsbourg Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  7. ^ Phares, Heather. "Rest – Charlotte Gainsbourg". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  8. ^ Waite, Kelsey J. (17 November 2017). "Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rest". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  9. ^ Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (16 November 2017). "Charlotte Gainsbourg: Rest review – musical chameleon finds her voice". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  10. ^ Hutcheon, David (December 2017). "Charlotte Gainsbourg: Rest". Mojo (289): 89.
  11. ^ Mongredien, Phil (19 November 2017). "Charlotte Gainsbourg: Rest review – bags of style, not enough substance". The Observer. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  12. ^ a b Horn, Olivia (17 November 2017). "Charlotte Gainsbourg: Rest". Pitchfork. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  13. ^ Oldham, James (January 2018). "Charlotte Gainsbourg: Rest". Q (380): 109.
  14. ^ Dolan, Jon (20 November 2017). "Review: Charlotte Gainsbourg Takes Spacey Trip With Sir Paul, Half of Daft Punk". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  15. ^ Hodgkinson, Will (10 November 2017). "Pop review: Charlotte Gainsbourg; Serge Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Vannier". The Times. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  16. ^ Mueller, Andrew (December 2017). "Charlotte Gainsbourg: Rest". Uncut (247): 27.
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  19. ^ "BrooklynVegan's Top 50 Albums of 2017". Brooklynvegan.com. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
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  23. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of 2017 - VICE". Noisey.vice.com. 6 December 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
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  25. ^ Katherine St. Asaph (19 December 2017). "The 20 Best Pop and R&B Albums of 2017". Pitchfork. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  26. ^ The Independent Staff (27 November 2017). "30 Best Albums of 2017". The Independent. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  27. ^ The Guardian Staff (5 December 2017). "The best albums of 2017: the full list". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
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