LP | 2009 | EU | Reissue (Kwaidan)
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Release:2009 / EU – Reissue
By its nature, novelty works best the fewer times it is experienced. Nouvelle Vague attempt to buck that rule with 3, its third album of post-punk and new wave covers filtered through a French pop sensibility. The new album boasts tracks originally performed by several post-punk/new wave heavy hitters, including Depeche Mode (“Master and Servant”), Echo and the Bunnymen (“All My Colours”), the Go-Go’s (“Our Lips Are Sealed”), Talking Heads (“Road to Nowhere”), and the Police (“So Lonely”). As in previous albums, the group expands its repertoire slightly to encompass the odd first wave punk and early alternative rock tunes, in this case the Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen” and Violent Femmes’ “Blister in the Sun”, respectively.In order to add some freshness to this latest endeavor, Nouvelle Vague (masterminded by French producers Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux, and fronted by a bevy of honey-voiced chanteuses) incorporates more American styles into its approach (particularly blues and country). Those who are fond of the bossa nova and jazz stylings of the previous albums will still find several tracks that trade in those genres, however. More striking are the guest appearances by some of Collin and Libaux’s musical inspirations: Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore, Echo and the Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch, the Specials’ Terry Hall, and Barry Adamson of Magazine.