An essential album for Gainsbourg and for french music as well. This album has been extremely influential to British rockers in the seventies. Probably not the best introduction to Gainsbourg's world but this album remains his masterpiece.
" Histoire de Melody Nelson‘s mix of freewheeling guitar, funk style bass guitar, near spoken word vocal delivery, and lush, deep orchestral string and choral arrangements by Jean-Claude Vannier who composed almost the entire music in collaboration with Gainsbourg for the album, have proven to be highly influential amongst later francophone and anglophone musical performers." - Wikipedia