Charlotte Gainsbourg - 'Rest'

8/10

While it seems that some actors who also have a singing career are able to juggle both at the same time, for Charlotte Gainsbourg, it seems that acting is her main passion whereas singing is her release from the stresses of the world. So after a six-year hiatus from her musical career, the frontwoman has returned with 'Rest', and unlike much of her back catalogue to date, this new full-length sees her writing the bulk of the lyrics, making this far more personal than anything else she has presented so far.

Since her previous LP 'Stage Whisper' was released, she sadly lost her half-sister Kate Barry in 2013, dedicating the beautifully crafted 'Kate' as a homage to her. But as a result of this tragedy, death seems to have become a regular theme of this new release. With many humbled moments about her musician father, such as on the track 'Lying With You', this new album definitely shows a side to her music we haven't seen before as she lets her guard down to the vulnerability she feels.

'Rest' certainly manages to rekindle a lot of the fire she had for music during the bulk of her releases, but this new album sees her in a completely different light. Letting herself sing about the losses in her life has definitely sparked something in her and the results give us a truly memorable experience as we listen.

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