It doesn't help that Gainsbourg collaborators Françoise Hardy and Jane Birkin are squandered, while kids like Franz Ferdinand and Faultline bludgeon the master's delicate oeuvre, or that even sympathetic old-timers Michael Stipe and Marc Almond don't seem to fully connect with the material (the English translations probably don't help). It takes Marianne Faithful, who actually lived inside the seedy world of Gainsbourg's songs, to croak the highlight: a reggae recasting of "Lola Rastaquouère" that undulates like a "stripper on a string." It's a sleazily appropriate tribute that would have left Monsieur Gainsbourg leering wickedly.
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