Friday, March 27, 2009
Histoire De Melody Nelson
A few weeks ago Light In The Attic sent me a promo for the reissue of Serge Gainsbourg’s classic album Histoire de Melody Nelson, which is unlike anything else in my entire music library. The album has just been released for the first time in North America, but music lovers in France consider it a monumental album, equivalent to something like Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band. Pitchfork recently gave it a 10/10 and named it "best new music."
It's one of the sexier albums ever made, telling the story of Gainsbourg's seduction of a hot young nymphet after he unintentionally runs into her with his Rolls Royce. He gives a spoken word vocal delivery layered over orchestral-type strings, with funky bass and electric guitar mixed in. It's all in French, but you don't need to speak the language to enjoy this stuff.
The reissue comes with the original album artwork and a 36-page booklet that features the one and only interview where Serge actually spoke of this album. Check out the whole story and more details at Light In The Attic.
Posted by Mr. Curiosity at 3:01 PM