Histoire de Melody Nelson

Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire de Melody Nelson
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
1971 Ratings: #12 / 116
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Based on 215 ratings
1971 Ratings: #19
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March 1, 1971 / Release Date
LP / Format
Philips / Label
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People are rating this album lower because they don't understand French?! Read the lyrics in English and don't downgrade an album because of its foreign aspects. Besides that, this album sounds ahead of it's time, with some groovy instrumentals and amazing story-telling. You don't fully understand this album until you read the lyrics. It's a concept album. C'mon guys.
Oh, Melody.
It's crazy how uninterestingly mediocre this album is. Nothing happens that really caught my attention... Serge's voice is monotonous, I can hardly tell those tracks apart musically and those lyrics are pretentious as fuck. I don't know but most of the attempts that this album did at interesting me didn't work at all.
Things i gathered with my little knowledge of french.

There is a girl called melody...............

I'll come back to you

Track Review

Melody 9/10
Ballade de Melody Nelson 9/10
Valse de Melody 8.5/10.
Ah! Melody 8.5/10.
L'hôtel particulier 9/10
En Melody 9/10
Cargo Culte 8.5/10

Average: 8.8/10
Pretty Cool Record
Visceral Compositions With A Smooth Lovely French (Kinda) Voice-Over
Reminds Of French Velvet Underground
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Track List

  1. Melody
  2. Ballade de Melody Nelson
  3. Valse de Melody
  4. Ah! Melody
  5. L'hôtel particulier
  6. En Melody
  7. Cargo Culte
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