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Released in March 1971 this concept album from the French songwriter Serge Gainsbourg is a delicate and modern masterpiece of orchestral pop. Created as an adult tale, each track tells the story of a teenage English girl named Melody Nelson (sung by Jane Birkin) who meets a forty year old French man (sung by Serge Gainsbourg).
The entire album is directed by Jean-Claude Vannier who’s also composed some of the music. He gives to this album its unique artistic shape where each track is more like a movement of the music than just a simple song. The result is as Beck said once : “One of the greatest marriages of rock band and orchestra that I've ever heard