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Nouvelle Vague: Nouvelle Vague
Buy! - (Luaka Bop)
French multi-instrumentalists/producers Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux conceived this project as a vehicle to radically reinterpret a variety of punk and new wave songs from the late ’70s-early ‘80s, transforming them into stylish bossa nova tunes flavored with French pop and lounge. To give the songs a truly fresh spin, they recruited young singers for the project who were unfamiliar with the original versions. With source material ranging from Joy Division and Depeche Mode to the Clash and Dead Kennedys, this really shouldn’t work, but they actually succeed in offering up some striking reinterpretations without simply turning them into campy novelties. 4/13/2005 - Don Yates