Rest (Charlotte Gainsbourg album)

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Rest
Rest (Charlotte Gainsbourg).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 17, 2017 (2017-11-17)
Studio
  • A.S. (Paris)
  • Palestine (Paris)
  • Motorbass (Paris)
  • Electric Lady (New York)
  • Crowdspacer (Brooklyn, New York)
Length46:23
Language
LabelBecause
ProducerSebastiAn[a]
Charlotte Gainsbourg chronology
Stage Whisper
(2011)
Rest
(2017)
Take 2
(2018)
Singles from Rest
  1. "Rest"
    Released: September 8, 2017
  2. "Deadly Valentine"
    Released: September 21, 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 November 17, 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
AllMusic4/5 stars[7]
The A.V. ClubB+[8]
The Guardian4/5 stars[9]
Mojo4/5 stars[10]
The Observer3/5 stars[11]
Pitchfork8.7/10[12]
Q4/5 stars[13]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[14]
The Times3/5 stars[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]

  1. ^ a b E.W.: In “Rest”, Charlotte Gainsbourg explores the sharp edges of grief. The Economist (2017). [1]
  2. ^ Anna Gaca: Video: Charlotte Gainsbourg – “Rest”. Spin (2017)
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  5. ^ "Rest by Charlotte Gainsbourg reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved August 28, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b "Rest by Charlotte Gainsbourg Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved November 18, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Phares, Heather. "Rest – Charlotte Gainsbourg". AllMusic. Retrieved December 3, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Waite, Kelsey J. (November 17, 2017). "Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rest". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 3, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (November 16, 2017). "Charlotte Gainsbourg: Rest review – musical chameleon finds her voice". The Guardian. Retrieved November 18, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Hutcheon, David (December 2017). "Charlotte Gainsbourg: Rest". Mojo (289): 89.
  11. ^ Mongredien, Phil (November 19, 2017). "Charlotte Gainsbourg: Rest review – bags of style, not enough substance". The Observer. Retrieved November 1, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ a b Horn, Olivia (November 17, 2017). "Charlotte Gainsbourg: Rest". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 3, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ Oldham, James (January 2018). "Charlotte Gainsbourg: Rest". Q (380): 109.
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  19. ^ "BrooklynVegan's Top 50 Albums of 2017". Brooklynvegan.com. Retrieved January 21, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ "Drowned in Sound's Favourite Albums of 2017". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved November 25, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  25. ^ Katherine St. Asaph (December 19, 2017). "The 20 Best Pop and R&B Albums of 2017". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 21, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  27. ^ The Guardian Staff (December 5, 2017). "The best albums of 2017: the full list". The Guardian. Retrieved December 29, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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