It's safe to say that Serge Gainsbourg wouldn't have fared well post #metoo and Operation Yew Tree. This 1971 LP was a concept album about a middle aged man running his Rolls Royce into a teenage girl who he later seduced. It was probably less romantic when Stuart Hall did this kind of thing because Gainsbourg had a gallic flair for words and music that took him between folk, easy listening a proto-hip-hop on an album often considered his masterpiece. 

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Histoire De Melody Nelson by Serge Gainsbourg
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9/10 Brett 20 November 2009
Time for a serious classic packaged up in fine Light In the Attic style, I've got a feeling that's always gonna be an exciting thing to behold after the amazing job they did on Black Monk time a few months back. This time around it's Serge Gainsbourg's Histoire de Melody Nelson that's given the remastered 180g vinyl in tip-on gatefold sleeve treatment, slipping it's chanson lounge lizard tongue into your ear through the medium of filthy Serge's mostly spoken vocals (often alone, occasionally in duet with Jane Birkin) so the beautifully arranged mixture of trebly art rock-ish guitar, thudding, elastic bass runs and lush orchestral flourishes doesn't instantly overload your brain with sweet, buttery goodness. I was just saying how someone really needs to sort out a nice compilation of tracks he wrote for other artists.. That'd quite literally be 'le bomb'. Like this!

9/10 Jack 14th October 2015

Serge Gainsbourg is a genius. This album is a bit different from his earlier works, it's a funky saga about a late night cruise which leads to an unlikely romance with a young girl Serge happens to hit with his car. I hear string arrangements similar to those in Madman Across the Water, sparse guitar from Neil Young's French cousin, and Melody's disarmingly real laughter, which you come to understand by the 3rd listen. Oh and Serge Gainsbourg's chain-smoking talk/sing pre-Leonard Cohen's vocals are amazing too.



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