Jane Birkin

A big star in the 1960s and 70s in the UK, mostly due to her relationship with Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin has been out of the public eye for a while but not out of our collective memory completely. The actress (Evil Under the Sun, Death On The Nile, etc.) and songstress has never lost her affection for France or French things so it is not a surprise that several songs on the album are in French. In smart moves for a singer trying to make a comeback, she covers songs by Tom Waits, Neil Young and Kate Bush and also has had songs written for her by Rufus Wainwright, Beth Gibbons of Portishead and Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy. Possibly the most interesting aspect of the album is the fact that she has convinced Johnny Marr (formerly of The Smiths) to pick up his guitar and play on a few of the tracks. Made up mostly of ballads sung with her sexy soft voice, the album should reintroduce this woman to a whole new generation of fans.

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