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Boomkat Product Review:
The first solo album released by Jane Birkin, Di Doo Dah was made in conjunction with Serge Gainsbourg and Jean Claude Vannier, originally released in 1973. This new Light In The Attic reissue adds a further two bonus tracks on the CD version: 1971's 'La Decadanse' and 'Les Langues De Chat'. The original artwork is supplemented with previously unseen photographs, French and English lyric transcriptions and extensive liner notes in the booklet including a new interview with Birkin herself. Di Doo Dah follows on from the 1969 duet album Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus' and the classic 1971 release, L'Histoire De Melody Nelson, and while this is still very much a collaboration, Birkin's singularly breathy lead vocal is at the heart of all things. The production and Vannier arrangements are wonderful throughout, at times recalling the lithe string parts from his experimental solo album L'Enfant Assassin Des Mouches, and Gainsbourg's writing hits some real highs with the likes of 'Help Cammionneur!', 'Kawasaki' and 'La Baigneuse De Brighton'. This record invites parallels to be drawn with the solo albums Birkin's daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg would go on to make; she's recruited the services of male writers and producers yet still managed to make a record that sounds like it's all her own. Highly recommended.