Exclusive US edition of their debut album, originally released Internationally in 2004, features one bonus track, 'Sorry For Laughing', Originally released as a single by Josef K in 1980. Luaka Bop.
Recycling the 1980s sound has been in vogue lately, so its no surprise that the producing team known as Nouvelle Vague would find yet another way to mine the nostalgia for the early 80s, post-punk era. Theyre doing it bossa nova style.
The disc opens with a rendition of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart." Its a charming start, and with a breathy chanteuse on vocals, its exactly the kind of sound that has some music critics proclaiming (admittedly with a touch of sarcasm) that Nouvelle Vague is the ironic dinner music for the new millennium. Unfortunately, this CD is somewhat less winning as it wears on. "Guns of Brixton" is annoying when done in a loungey mood, and sitting through "Too Drunk to F**k" in the wrong company could certainly ruin the amuse bouche. Nevertheless, the entertaining tracks do outweigh tiresome ones on this release. If this concept sounds like an interesting idea to you, youre bound to get a smile from the execution. --Leah Weathersby