By LA Weekly
By Henry Rollins
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By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Dan Weiss
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By Kai Flanders
The function of IRM, like that of the machine that inspired it, was to penetrate her head, Gainsbourg explains. "It was a chance to look at memory and looking into the brain in a more abstract, more poetic way."
The album avoids the kitschiness of Beck's genre chop jobs and funky electro-soul breakdowns but maintains his style throughout. Like the best producers, he helps Gainsbourg to speak for herself.
"My creativity comes out with others," she acknowledges. "That's why it is such a pleasure to be involved with Beck. I can't do anything on my own. I like the idea of entering someone else's world. I find more freedom inside someone else's work rather than being completely free, and able to create anything."
Yet, with the album complete, Gainsbourg faces a new obstacle: her first-ever American tour. Since that first time she sang with her father 26 years ago, on the notorious hit single "Lemon Incest," she has rarely performed live. She says her father and mother, actress and "Je t'aime ... moi non plus" singer Birkin, only performed after many years of commercial success. "My mother was my age when she went onstage," she says. "She had about 10 albums by then. Even then, I saw her terrified backstage.
"It's very disturbing, in a way, to put yourself out there. One side of me wants to be daring and wants to do it, and to be able to do it. Another part says, 'You don't know how to do anything.' "