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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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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