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Nouvelle Vague

Nouvelle Vague

RS: 3of 5 Stars

2004

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In a similar vein, Nouvelle Vague reinterpret post-punk classics as bossa nova torch songs (the concept: "New Wave" and "bossa nova" both translate into French as nouvelle vague) The world-weariness in Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" makes it work surprisingly well as a lounge number. But Vague runs into trouble when it delves into straight punk: The anger of Clash's "Guns of Brixton" and straight nihilism of Dead Kennedys' "Too Drunk to Fuck" don't make it as bossa.

DAVID SWANSON

(Posted: Feb 10, 0005)

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