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As an actress, Gainsbourg’s an icon: always ? unforgettable, especially when she’s mutilating genitalia in Antichrist. But as a singer, she’s a medium, channeling the personality of whichever hip producer is writing her songs and lighting her cigarettes. On IRM, Beck churns out cool robot funk, slinky cowgirl blues, even a dub groove, so that Gainsbourg can concentrate on making words like collectionneuse sound breathy. Effortlessly sexy — but it might make you feel too French to dance. B

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