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Nouvelle Vague

Nouvelle Vague Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (18 Jan 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B002HTP7B4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,283 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love Will Tear Us Apart
2. Just Can't Get Enough
3. In A Manner Of Speaking
4. Guns Of Brixton
5. This Is Not A Love Song
6. Too Drunk To Fuck
7. Marian
8. Making Plans For Nigel
9. A Forest
10. I Melt With You
11. Teenage Kicks
12. Psyche
13. Friday Night Saturday Morning

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Curious Joy 10 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Its not often that the postman waking you from your slumber is greeted with a much joy, but this morning was a little different as he brought with him my copy of Nouvelle Vague from Amazon. The drive through the wind and rain to work was considerably more pleasureable as a result.
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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars From Manchester to Rio... 16 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
The idea of post-punk classics performed in a bossa nova/lounge style sounds as though it may have been conceived purely as a joke and if you're familiar with some of the original tracks then the extent of the transformation achieved by the versions on this album may raise a wry smile on occassion. But for the most part the music here transcends that kind of ironic detachment to achieve something altogether more deeply affecting.
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Languish... 30 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Turning on Glastonbury, horrified to hear a band were going to cover Joy Divisions 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' - some things, surely, are sacred...
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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5.0 out of 5 stars swing your pants. 31 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm a big fan of Brazilian music, at least the sort that they export anyway. Celso Fonsecca, Bebel Gilberto, Cibelle and those classic Jobim recordings of the 60s, they all float my boat. I have to admit that i am only familiar with half of the original recordings on this CD, but it really works for me. I imagine that if you were a fan of the British New Wave, rather than the Brazilian New Wave (Bossa Nova) then this record might only hold novelty value for you, but the songs as they exist here stand up in their own right. By turn they are fun, sexy, cool and a little bit nutty. Yes, I AM a fan of "smoky french female singers" and yes i DO like an "unremitting bossa nova beat", if you do too I'm sure you'll quickly become a fan of this little beauty.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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This took a few listens before i really fell in love with it. I appreciated it at first. I recognised some of the songs, but after a few times listening to it through, the songs do become their own. you stop hearing the original in your head, and apprciate it for what it is, and meant to be. Some Beautiful girls, singing good songs.
i heard they weren't aloud to listen to the originals before recording the songs. it could be a rumour....
My 2 favourite songs on the album have to be
"This is not a love song", its so sexy and smooth, and really catchy (in a good way)
"Too Drunk too F""K" This one cracks me up. She sounds so innocent, and drunk! You can really imagine her stood in a parisien bar with a martini in her hand. I saw them perform live. And this song ROCKED. They performed it just as i'd imagined it! woo hoo
You need to be open minded enough to apprciate the songs for what they are, and not as cover songs defiled by a different genre. If you can do this....and enjoy the kinda parisien, lounge sound. (I didnt before getting this album)
Then you should love it.
I was introduced to N.V by a proper old skool punk who Loves this album.(maybe he's ageing!) Being just a sprog, i dont remember a lot of the songs in their orginal format, but one or 2 that i have heard, i prefer better than the original. In my humble opinion. The guns of Brixton is beter than the original!
hope this helps. Spread the word of Nouvelle Vague!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Delivered on time, in perfect condition

Perfect content, I love Nouvelle Vague. I will buy another one for my friend who also loved it!
Published 15 months ago by MM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great find
Give it a go, a great synth pop collection that will make you feel good with new interetations of old standards.
Published 17 months ago by stephanie mallon
3.0 out of 5 stars Background music
I like albums which include familiar music but performed quite differently from the original, and this album is definitely that. Read more
Published 17 months ago by P. Haigh
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Juxtaposition
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 more
Published on 13 May 2010 by P. G. Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Nouvelle take on some classic tracks
This album is quite a revelation. First heard of them on a Parisien radio station called FIP that plays a lot of avant garde and jazzy music. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2009 by DP
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly different...
First time through this distinctly "left field" album is likely to leave you a bit confused... laid back interpretations of classic 80's rock tracks served up as nonchalant,... Read more
Published on 15 April 2007 by nicjaytee
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but try this
If the classy bossa nova grooves on this CD appeal, why not try Trombo Combo's Swedish Sound Deluxe?

You won't regret it. Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2007 by Someone with a long memory
5.0 out of 5 stars New Wave of New Wave
Round up some female vocalists, some post-punk songs from the late seventies, then record these songs in a Bossa Nova style, and then call the resulting set of cover versions... Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2007 by Montgomery Snapper
4.0 out of 5 stars My youth
Very funny stuff this, but done with taste, precision and style. To those who knew the songs back in ye olde punk days it may come over as a joke, or as a pishtake, but it shows... Read more
Published on 10 July 2006 by G. A. Sandtke
4.0 out of 5 stars My youth viewed through a bottle of Vodka...?
I first heard Nouvelle Vague on the TV adverts for T-Mobile and HAD to find out who they were - I was wild with excitement when I found out they even had an album out! Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2006 by "ggggareth"
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