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I'm dancing with myself!,
This review is from: Bande A Part (Audio CD)
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.