Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest
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Based on 13 reviews
2017 Rank: #163 / 629
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Based on 64 ratings
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The Line of Best Fit

Rest, her fifth and latest album, sees her fully embrace her life, her music, her fame, and indeed her position.


On Rest, Gainsbourg doesn’t just reveal her pain, but monumentalizes it, lays out a red carpet, and invites people to watch. Her refusal to be sequestered by grief is, quite literally, a death-defying feat.

Northern Transmissions

Evolving elegantly into the worlds of electronics and synth pop, Gainsbourg is as fascinating as ever while more accessible than ever before.

A.V. Club

The influence of Gainsbourg’s famous musical parents, both Serge and mother Jane Birkin, has been a constant in her music, but on Rest, she seems less daunted by her lineage, and she begins to bend it to her own ambitions.

Under The Radar

Rest took seven years to come out, its long gestation fuelled by grief, and the finished product is nothing short of cathartic.

The Guardian

Charlotte Gainsbourg’s new album is the first she’s written the lyrics for, and, perhaps as a result, gives her voice its broadest palette yet as she tries on different roles: child, ingenue, diarist, diva.

Loud and Quiet

It’s a confident and compositionally strong work ... that is only slightly undermined by its inevitable pretensions.


The pacing of Rest and the length of its songs make it a grower of an album that, over time, ensconces listeners in the sonic layers and personal lyricism of Gainsbourg.

Drowned in Sound

Her breathy, ethereal vocal is charged with grief and longing, while the ballsy electro-pop accompaniment drives confidently forward, moulding to her voice.

Crack Magazine

Rest is nothing if not truthful, and the album’s success lies in its ability to draw the reader in through its candid depictions of Gainsbourg’s ‘human, all too human’ experiences.

Rolling Stone

On her first LP in seven years, singer-actress Charlotte Gainsbourg exudes the same droll, distracted sense of uneasy whimsy she's brought to her screen performances and previous music projects.

Consequence of Sound

With tighter editing, Rest could have soared, but perhaps the personal nature of the songs made those ruthless cuts impossible. Even so, there are many individual moments to treasure. Charlotte Gainsbourg has evolved as an artist, and Rest is a flawed but worthy statement.

The Skinny

The constant changes in tone that come with such disparate collaborators mean that the album never settles into a comfortable groove the way 5:55 or IRM did.

Nov 17, 2017
Nice mix in the language(English & French) even though i don't know any French but i love the accent in the songs =)), a good and smooth of dancing, with sad lyrics as i could understand from the English =) i really loved Ring-A-Ring O' Roses very much with Lying with You, Kate and Deadly Valentine(which got very good bass-line), so i can state that at first the record was amazing and then i got lost a little bit (doesn't mean the songs were bad but not as good as the beginning of the ... read more
Nov 20, 2017
Accomplished French singer, songwriter, and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg's new album Rest is one of the most disappointing pop releases of 2017.

Rest had everything to be a stellar pop release, as its personal, intimate themes that run throughout could potentially make this album a breath of fresh air this year in that genre. However, those expectations went away as soon as I heard the singles, which read to me like your average indie pop and nothing more. These singles, however, grew on me as ... read more
Nov 20, 2017

Ring-A-Ring O' Roses (9.0)
Lying with You (7.4)
Kate (7.5)
Deadly Valentine (7.8)
I'm a Lie (7.0)
Rest (7.7)
Sylvia Says (7.4)
Songbird in a Cage (7.0)
Dans Vos Airs (6.8)
Les Crocodiles (7.0)
Les Oxalis (7.4)
Nov 19, 2017
MY PENIs fell out of my body an my dog ate it!!
Nov 18, 2017
this is a lovely record but why does Martha Wainwright sing better in French than Charlotte Gainsbourg? shouldn't it be the other way around?
#64/Drowned in Sound
Track List
  1. Ring-A-Ring O' Roses
  2. Lying with You
  3. Kate
  4. Deadly Valentine
  5. I'm a Lie
  6. Rest
  7. Sylvia Says
  8. Songbird in a Cage
  9. Dans Vos Airs
  10. Les Crocodiles
  11. Les Oxalis
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Added on: September 7, 2017