Nouvelle Vague

Label
Peacefrog Records
Release date
28 Apr 2004
Running length
13 tracks
Running time
46:30

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Nouvelle Vague - Love Will Tear Us Apart 3:18 259,800
2 Nouvelle Vague - Just Can't Get Enough 3:07 156,041
3 Nouvelle Vague Featuring Camille - In a Manner of Speaking 3:58 715
4 Nouvelle Vague Featuring Camille - Guns of Brixton 4:07 630
5 Nouvelle Vague featuring Melanie Pain - This is not a Love Song 3:48 535
6 Nouvelle Vague Featuring Camille - Too Drunk to Fuck 2:16 561
7 Nouvelle Vague featuring Alex - Marian 3:53 83
8 Nouvelle Vague Featuring Camille - Making Plans for Nigel 3:32 535
9 Nouvelle Vague featuring Marina Celeste - A Forest 3:40 72
10 Nouvelle Vague - I Melt with You 4:00 202,259
11 Nouvelle Vague featuring Melanie Pain - Teenage Kicks 2:14 250
12 Nouvelle Vague featuring Sir Alice - Psyche 4:13 60
13 Nouvelle Vague featuring D'Ambrosio - Friday Night Saturday Morning 4:24 63

About this album

The best compliment that can be paid to Nouvelle Vague’s self-titled debut album: it isn’t as arch and smirking as a collection of bossa nova versions of new wave classics by fetching French and Brazilian chanteuses would suggest. Based on the concept alone, Nouvelle Vague seems similar to the work of jokesters like the Mike Flowers Pops or Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine, but though the album is definitely playful, it works on a sincere level enough of the time to be more than just a goof. In fact, Nouvelle Vague’s best moments are a tribute to how well written the words and melodies of these songs are; that they can withstand, and even thrive in, such different arrangements is no small feat. Smooth, smoky ballads, such as the opening track, “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” provide many of the album’s highlights. The Cure’s “A Forest” gets a tropical twist, complete with jungle sound effects, while the Sisters of Mercy’s “Marian” remains as dark as ever but is now much more delicate — call it gotha nova. On the other hand, the cover of the Dead Kennedys’ “Too Drunk to Fuck” is a giggly, sassy, mischievous standout that bears virtually no resemblance to the original. Likewise, the serpentine version of Killing Joke’s “Psyche” is radically different from the original, nor does it quite fit in with the rest of Nouvelle Vague’s bright, breezy feeling, but its spooky vibe makes it one of the album’s most interesting tracks.

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