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Bande A Part

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  • Audio CD (19 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B002HWON2A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,441 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
Loved the first album but was a bit worried that a second album of cover versions would be one step too far. I shouldn't have worried because Nouvelle Vaugue don't do novelty and have re-written another batch of classics in their bosa nova lounge style. Stand out tracks this time are Echo and the Bunnymen's "Killing Moon", Buzzcocks "Ever Fallen in Love", Blondie's "Heart of Glass" and New Order's "Blue Monday". The only downpoint is how many of these will end up on TV, either to adverts or idents. There's no better album to while away a summers day too.
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Bande A Part represents a bit of a change from the group's first offering, Nouvelle Vague. Most of the songs one the first album were reasonably well-known 80s classics. Bande A Part explores some of the lesser known songs from the decade, interspersed with a few more popular hits like the Buzzcocks, Blondie, New Order and The Cramps. Unlike the first album where most of the songs were instantly recognisable, you'll probably find you need to listen to this one a few times, but its a definite grower.

The introduction of the squeezebox on their rendition of "Fade to Grey" by Visage reinforces the group's Frenchness - the beauty of Nouvelle Vague as a group is the delicacy of the French chanteuses' voices set against quite tough, masculine lyrics - I find that this actually makes the songs a lot more accessible in the Nouvelle Vague format than the original - the slower tempo and the feminity of the lead singers means you absorb the lyrics more easily. Lots of great stand out songs - Dance With Me, Don't Go (remember the Yazoo original?), Human Fly, Sweet and Tender Hooligan... its definitely worth paying the extra couple of quid for the limited edition version, you get 4 more songs. Lovely artwork as usual with Nouvelle Vague, I saw them live at the Bataclan in Paris on 14 June - if you get the chance to see them in concert - DO - the lead singers choreography works beautifully with the their poignant singing. One of the most satisfying CD purchases I've made in some time, I would be surprised if you were disappointed... then again, Nouvelle Vague appeal to an age bracket of late 20s+ as those are the people who will remember the original versions of these songs.
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Like Nouvelle Vague's first self titled album, Bande A Part continues the fabulous bosswanova style covers of unlikely tracks. If you're familiar with the originals, the covers bring a whole new lease of life to them by being in such a different style that they can be played in a completely different context. Ignoring expletives in the lyrics, the covers are ideal for interesting background music to gatherings like dinners with any guests. If the guests also know the originals, so much the better. Many family and friends have heard these played in the background and wound up buying a copy for themselves.

I would have given Bande A Part 5/5, except it's a bit too much more of the same as the first album. If you have neither, I highly recommend either, but you probably only need one of them, so pick which ever one has the most covers that are familiar and liked by you.

Went to see Nouvelle Vague playing live recently and loved it. If you like the disks, seeing them live is a must if ever possible.
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I rarely put my thoughts to paper when summing up, an album or band..usually I like to just say something "rocks".

I don't like to wear a critique's shoes, however, since I first got my grubby paws on Nouvelle Vague's [French for new wave] self titled debut disc..I've really been "feeling" this band.

In short, they are a covers band. An accident come project of a French producer who grew up on 80's new wave post punk ~ like New Order, Depeche Mode that sort of ilk. What he has done is taken old 80's songs, fused them with Brazilian Bossanova with Flowery acoustic instruments and French angelic vocalists.

The myth around these recordings is that the young French singers have never heard the original songs and therefore interpreted, it with their own identity.

It is a good testament for me to stand up and say I love these songs because I thought the 80's were dreadful. I spent my youth wandering why Top of the Pops showcased such pompous vanity trips, yet, Nouvelle Vagues detaches these songs of that pretence. From the new disc - Yazoo's 'Dont Go' is reborn with good manners and the style of a 1920's Spanish King's suit.

Blonde's 'Heart of Glass' is wittier, and given a new shocking beauty - just like the times we exchange glances with the finest lookin woman in the room. 'Ever Fallen in Love with' resonates and echoes the thoughts of your inner confidence, half a bottle of wine into the night.. but enough of my ramblings. If you only check out - one album this year - seek Bande Apart by Nouvelle Vague, it will lead you into the postcards of your subconsious, the ones with pictures of tropical islands and dancing silohettes.

~Paul Browne.

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I discovered Nouvelle Vague when I heard 'Nouvelle Vague 3' being played in the giftshop at the Hayward Gallery on London's South Bank. I think '3' is still my favourite of their albums but this comes close. It is meant to have a Caribbean vibe and there is a definite voodoo whiff. It's just a beautiful album, produced with love, care and some wonderful singing. Try 'Killing Moon' or 'Don't Go' to get a taster.
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