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Saturday, June 21, 2008

5:55

About 4 or so months ago I downloaded the latest Charlotte Gainsbourg album named 5:55 on high recommendation from a music forum that I frequent. This was the description that ultimately sold me:

"Air wrote and played the music, the lyrics were written with Jarvis Cocker and Neil Hannon, and it was produced by Nigel Godrich with string arrangements from Beck's dad."

I am a huge sucker for Air, Jarvis Cocker is a killer writer, Nigel Godrich has produced some of the very best sounding albums of the '00s (including Radiohead, Beck, etc.), and Beck's dad I don't really know aside from the fact that he wrote all of the string arrangements on Beck's Sea Change, which remains one of my absolute favorite albums.

In any case, this Charlotte Gainsbourg album is just astoundingly good. It actually exceeded my expectations, even given all of those people that worked on it. But the weird thing is that the number 555 seems to pop up all the time in random places. I will buy a meal and it is $5.55. I will accidentally wake up at 5:55 AM. A few weeks ago I just glanced at my bike odometer and it hit 555 miles for the year. It is just strange.

I know that all of this probably happened before, but now I notice it just because of the song name. But now every time I see it, the song gets into my head. Which isn't a bad thing, because it is a great song.

2 comments:

nathan halley said...

I'm a huge fan of this band called Miley Cyrus.

tnk said...

Hey, have you seen this biography of Matthew Good?