- Audio CD (9 Aug. 2004)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Peacefrog
- ASIN: B00018D3JQ
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Nouvelle Vague is a French electronica project initialised by multi-instrumentalists and producers Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux. Marc first came to recognition with his band Ollano, known for their Francophone trip-hop / jazz-fusion and his movie soundtracks such as "the kidnapper's theme". He soon moved into the realm of club music, initially recording for the UK's own Paper Recordings and progressing into a more creative and eclectic producer under the guises Avril on FCom, and Volga Select on Output Records. Olivier Libaux has been involved with many French pop acts during the nineties and started working with Marc in 1998.
Nouvelle Vague which translates to "new wave" in English, and bossa nova in Portuguese, revisits a number of both Marc and Olivier's favourite tracks from the early eighties, taking in bands such as The Clash, Joy Division, and the Cure in a stunning combination of bossa nova, jazz and sixties pop.
Top Customer Reviews
You'll love this if you a) like this style of music or b) love these songs and like to here them reworked and reborn. I fall into both camps and as a result I am deligted by what is on offer here.
What strikes you most is how well the songs themselves stand up to such a bear, low-key interpretation. An undoubted testament to the original artists and their songs.
I have only given it 4 stars because, if there is a criticism, it is that the arrangement and sound of each song is a little to similar and perhaps some variation on instrumentation would be welcomed. That said, each song is wonderfully put together and the vocals are sublime.
This album is one of the eternal joys of music. Its all too easy to follow the same route to new music Artist A has a new album, buy new album. The real treats are the ones that come out of nowhere and surprise you. This is such a treat and worthy of a listen.
Hopefully they'll do a follow-up, maybe something a little newer, Big Mouth Strikes Again would be a great choice!
Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" has been covered many times before but has never been suffused with such longing, like lying on a beautiful tropical beach as the sun goes down contemplating a love left behind on the other side of the world. The version of Public Image Limited's "This Is Not Love Song" exchanges the mocking snarl of John Lydon's delivery for that of a sassy French diva singing in a voguish underground club, simultaneously sounding both breathlessly seductive and coldly detached. And the Cure's "A Forest" is transported from the depths of the cold, dank darkness of the original to a tropical rainforest repleat with the chirruping of nameless insects and the squawking of exotic birds, something sinister lurking in the undergrowth as the percussion builds to a tense climax.
A couple of the tracks don't quite reach the generally high standard of the rest of this collection but the two tracks that represent the album's pinnacle more than make up for this. Both "In A Manner Of Speaking" and "Making Plan's For Nigel" are nothing short of beautiful, filled with a poignancy and sadness that instantly makes you want to hear them again as soon as their last note dies away.
However, this works, as do the covers of The Cures 'A Forest' and, most bizare of all, PIL's 'This Is Not A Love Song'. The ideal summer album for relaxing to, not really a sit down and listen to it album, but a perfect, unobtrusive, chilled and luscious soundscape, ideal for pimms and hand rolled cigarettes. Languish! The only blip is the rather crass 'Too Drunk...' which disolves into a screech, shattering the otherwise otherworldly bliss. Try it!
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Perfect content, I love Nouvelle Vague. I will buy another one for my friend who also loved it!
Give it a go, a great synth pop collection that will make you feel good with new interetations of old standards.Published on 6 Mar. 2013 by stephanie mallon
I like albums which include familiar music but performed quite differently from the original, and this album is definitely that. Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2013 by P. Haigh
The premise behind this album is New Wave = Nouvelle Vague = Bossa Nova. So what we have is English and American new wave hits, sung in a seductive French accent to a Bossa Nova... Read morePublished on 13 May 2010 by P. G. Harris