Review: Serge Gainsbourg - Best Of Gainsbourg Comme Un Boomerang (2011)
Serge Gainsbourg was one of the most influential and controversial figures in French music history, a singer-songwriter who explored various genres and styles, from jazz to reggae, from pop to rock, from chanson to electronica. He was also known for his provocative lyrics, his scandalous affairs with famous actresses, and his iconic duets with Jane Birkin, Brigitte Bardot, and Catherine Deneuve.
In 2011, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his death, Mercury Records released a two-CD compilation titled Best Of Gainsbourg Comme Un Boomerang, featuring 47 tracks that span his four-decade career. The album covers his early hits such as \"Le PoinÃonneur Des Lilas\", \"La Javanaise\", and \"Comic Strip\", his groundbreaking concept albums such as Histoire de Melody Nelson and Rock Around The Bunker, his controversial songs such as \"Je T'aime...Moi Non Plus\", \"Aux Armes Et CÃtera\", and \"Lemon Incest\", and his final works such as \"Sorry Angel\", \"You're Under Arrest\", and \"Mon LÃgionnaire\".
The compilation is a comprehensive and chronological overview of Gainsbourg's musical evolution, showcasing his versatility, creativity, and originality. It also includes some of his most famous collaborations with other artists, such as \"Bonnie And Clyde\" with Bardot, \"Dieu Fumeur De Havanes\" with Deneuve, and \"69 AnnÃe Ãrotique\" with Birkin. The album is a tribute to Gainsbourg's legacy and influence on French and international music culture.
Best Of Gainsbourg Comme Un Boomerang is a must-have for fans of Gainsbourg and for anyone who wants to discover or rediscover one of the most eccentric and genius artists of the 20th century.
The album is divided into two discs, the first one covering the period from 1958 to 1968, and the second one from 1968 to 1987. The first disc features some of Gainsbourg's early classics, such as \"L'Eau Ã La Bouche\", \"La Chanson De PrÃvert\", and \"Black Trombone\", which showcase his poetic and witty lyrics and his smooth and elegant vocals. It also includes some of his more adventurous and experimental songs, such as \"New York - U.S.A.\", \"Requiem Pour Un C...\", and \"Initials B.B.\", which demonstrate his interest in different musical genres and influences, from jazz to rock, from pop to classical.
The second disc focuses on Gainsbourg's more mature and controversial works, such as \"L'Anamour\", \"L'HÃtel Particulier\", and \"Love On The Beat\", which reveal his darker and more sensual side. It also features some of his most popular and iconic songs, such as \"Sous Le Soleil Exactement\", \"Les Sucettes\", and \"Comme Un Boomerang\", which display his catchy and playful melodies and his clever and ironic wordplay. It also highlights some of his most daring and innovative songs, such as \"Rock Around The Bunker\", \"L'Ami Caouette\", and \"Aux Armes Et CÃtera\", which challenge the conventions and norms of society and music.
The album is a testament to Gainsbourg's artistic vision and talent, as well as his cultural impact and relevance. It is a celebration of his musical diversity and richness, as well as his lyrical genius and audacity. It is a reflection of his life and personality, as well as his passions and fantasies. It is a masterpiece of French music history, as well as a timeless classic of world music. a474f39169