If classic French pop singers are my weakness, then Charlotte Gainsbourg is kryptonite. Sheâ€™s not only the daughter of Serge Gainsbourg, Franceâ€™s version of Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen combined, but sheâ€™s gifted with Gallic melancholyâ€”wispy melody-making that is perpetually running from the spotlight but never making it all the way outâ€”that seems to be instilled in the French, or at least those who sing, from birth. (Although, Charlotte is half-British, so perhaps thereâ€™s a bit of Anglo resignation there as well.) â€œThe Songs That We Singâ€ is one such number, which despite being in her English tongue loses none of its quiet desperation. You can hear AND see for yourself, because Michel Gondry shot the video. Oh, Charlotteâ€™s also an actress of some renown and both her acting and her appearance could be termed, if you will, â€œmagically delicious.â€ I hadnâ€™t noticed that until just now. Had you?
The Songs That We Sing [MP3, 2.7MB, 128kbps]