Nouvelle Vague





I know that I am supposed to hate this album. A collection of new wave and alternative classics should make me turn violently angry and immediately melt this disc with my lighter to keep from its contents being exposed to anybody else. How dare somebody make a chilled out cover of XTC's "Making Plans For Nigel" or The Clash's "Guns Of Brixton"! So why in the hell do I like Nouvelle Vague so much? Its Bossa Nova beats should turn Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" into something vile, but instead it makes absolute perfect musical sense. This album works as it completely reworks the songs while keeping their original essence. Nouvelle Vague is the brainchild of French musician/producers Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux, who recruited female vocalists with no knowledge of the songs they would be covering. It is this detachment that gives the tracks a unique spark rather than just novel regurgitation. This French collective gives classics such as Sisters Of Mercy's "Marian" and PIL's "(This Is Not A) Love Song" a whole new life. How on earth they found a vocalist who was unfamiliar with Modern English's "I Melt With You" is beyond me. By stripping the song down to acoustic guitars, xylophone, simple percussion and cute French vocals, this may actually be better than the original. The remake of The Dead Kennedy's "Too Drunk To Fuck" puts a cool mod spin on the track, which would fit perfectly on a naughty scene from a classic James Bond flick. A strong highlight is easily "Just Can't Get Enough", putting a light & breezy twist on the Depeche Mode classic. This album is flat out too smart and sexy to just write off as a covers compilation. This is a must hear record for spring to help celebrate the arrival of warmer weather. Let Nouvelle Vague be the soundtrack for your next poolside rendezvous.

Nouvelle Vague
Luaka Bop

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