The fine folks at Pitchfork Media have again given ol’ dirty Serge an exceptional score of 8.8 for the forthcoming Light in the Attic reissue of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin’s Jane Birkin et Serge Gainsbourg. Though it didn’t reach nearly as high as Histoire De Melody Nelson’s perfect 10 score, we’re no doubt pleased with the results.
“For some listeners– certainly for many who bought “Je T’aime” on 45 back in 1969– Gainsbourg’s filthiness is a source of novelty, but that seems to miss the point, albeit rather harmlessly. To my mind, there are a few reasons his dirty-minded music has aged so well. The sound of it and the eclecticism of it certainly count, but more important is the casual authority with which he approached his subject matter, refusing to treat any of it, from sex to death, as taboo. “Je T’aime” is so convincing that rumors spread that the couple had actually recorded it in flagrante delicto, which naturally only made it more popular. Plenty of people had no doubt considered making such a song for mass consumption; Gainsbourg went ahead and did it. He and Birkin remained together, through a fair amount of tumult, until 1980– the one album that bore both their names on the spine still sounds fresh and surprising today.”
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