Bande à Part

Bande à Part

by Nouvelle VagueNouvelle Vague


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It was something of a small miracle that the first Nouvelle Vague album managed to avoid the seemingly inherent kitsch of covering new wave classics as slinky bossa nova. Unfortunately, the group doesn't quite pull it off the second time around. Bande a Part has several songs that meet the standard set by Nouvelle Vague: "The Killing Moon," "Dance with Me," and "O Pamela" translate well into bossa nova ballads and manage to keep the songs' and the singers' dignity intact, while the Cramps' "Human Fly" sounds nearly as mischievous -- and a lot more elegant -- in Nouvelle Vague's hands. There are also a few downright silly moments. The version of "Pride (In the Name of Love)" feels like it's trying to be as serious as the original yet flip at the same time, and ends up failing on both counts, while "Dancing with Myself" sounds more like a reinvention of Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5" than of Billy Idol's hit. Mostly, however, Bande a Part just sounds like an uninspired rehash of Nouvelle Vague. The covers of "Ever Fallen in Love," "Heart of Glass," and "Shack Up" aren't embarrassing, but they aren't especially interesting, either. Considering Nouvelle Vague's popularity, it's understandable why the people behind the project would want to try to repeat their success, but it's too bad that it wasn't left as a singular, pleasant surprise.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/22/2006
Label: Luaka Bop
UPC: 0680899006422
catalogNumber: 90064
Rank: 50803

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nouvelle Vague   Primary Artist
Marc Collin   Keyboards,Vibes,fender rhodes
Avril   Bass,Guitar,fender rhodes
David Venitucci   Accordion
Fréderic Loiseau   Guitar
Marina   Track Performer
Melanie Pain   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Olivier Libaux   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Ukulele
Gerald Toto   Track Performer
Thibaut Barbillon   Bass,Guitar
Phoebe Killdeer   Track Performer
Thomas Ostrowiecki   Percussion,Steel Drums
Benoit Rault   Flute
Silia   Track Performer
Phoebe Tolmer   Track Performer
Etienne Wersinger   Clavinet
Birdpaula   Track Performer
Silja   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Arthur Baker   Composer
Billy Idol   Composer
Peter Murphy   Composer
U2   Composer
Daniel Ash   Composer
Stiv Bators   Composer
Edge   Composer
Bono   Composer
Vince Clarke   Composer
Kevin Haskins   Composer
Peter Hook   Composer
Lux Interior   Composer
David Jay   Composer
Ian McCulloch   Composer
Pattinson   Composer
Will Sergeant   Composer
Pete de Freitas   Composer
Stephen Morris   Composer
Bernard Sumner   Composer
Gillian Gilbert   Composer
Marc Collin   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Ivy Rorschach   Composer
Avril   Arranger,Producer
S. Allen   Composer
B. James   Composer
Dylan Kendle   Art Direction
Olivier Libaux   Arranger,Producer
C. Allen   Composer
Julie Verhoeven   Cover Art

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