Monday, 29 September 2008

Marc Collin - Hollywood, Mon Amour (PIAS 2008)

Nouvelle Vague's Marc Collin brings us more ironic sweet acoustic cafe-jazz cover versions, but this time, the conceit is the oh so fashionable 80s, and in particular, big 80s themes like 'Eye of the Tiger' and 'View to a Kill', both reinvented as female torch-singer beauties. It's easy to sometimes miss the pastiche as the songs are remixed without irony and with a genuine love and dedication to the source material, so while the young dumb full of cum 80s is the du jour big fashion statement, it's high time to showcase how good the songs actually were, without the synths and rain-jingle-jangles. With an array of singers and a wide pallette of source material, this is a varied album full of sombre tones and hushed whispered breathy sexy almost French vocals. Blondie, Simple Minds, The Human league, Duran Duran and their godfather, David Bowie all receive the treatment, the remixing away till the melody and lyrics remain and a good song emerges, slightly more timeless than its zeitgeisty orginal. Singers include Skye, Juliette Lewis, Cibelle, Yael Naim, Dea Li, Katrine Ottosen, Nadeah, Leelou, Nancy Danino and Bianca Calandra.

Best of all is the cover of Prince's 'When Doves Cry' which manages to make it even more emotive than the impassioned original. Good kitschy stuff, perfect for dinner parties and a great conversation starter, 'Ooooh, I know this... what is it?' 'I believe it's Simple Minds... Hi, I'm Mike.' 'Hi, I'm Tina...' etc etc.

Hollywood Mon Amour sur le web

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