NOU­VELLE VAGUE

Q (UK) - - Review | New Albums -

I COULD BE HAPPY KWAIDAN, OUT 25 NOVEMBER Di­vi­sive French cov­ers phe­nom­e­non re­turn.

Com­menc­ing op­er­a­tions in 2004 with bossa nova in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Love Will Tear Us Apart and Teenage Kicks, it didn’t take long for Nou­velle Vague’s precon­cep­tion-yank­ing schtick to pale. Six years af­ter their last LP, they’re back for an­other tilt, with taste­fully retro-pop ar­range­ments of songs by Cocteau Twins, Al­tered Im­ages and The Cure. Un­sur­pris­ingly, any­one left cold by the idea of such soft­core cov­ers may not en­joy ag­gres­sion-drained re­cast­ings of the Ramones’ I Wanna Be Se­dated or The Voidoids’ Love Comes In Spurts. But equally, there’s de­cent adult pop to be had: the jazzy take on Brian Eno’s No One Is Re­ceiv­ing [sic] has a cool mys­tique, while four band orig­i­nals have their own quiet charm. IAN HAR­RI­SON

Lis­ten To: No One Is Re­ceiv­ing | La Pluie Et Le Beau Temps

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