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Who knew bossanova covers of post-punk and New Wave songs sung by teenaged French pop […]
Who knew bossanova covers of post-punk and New Wave songs sung by teenaged French pop singers would make so much sense? French pop veterans Marc Colins and Oliver Libaus’ acoustic arrangements are at times a snooze, but the lyrics to classics like Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and even The Clash’s “Guns of Brixton” attain a new level of clarity and poignancy in their new milieu, sung by vocalists younger than the songs themselves who, in some cases, had never even heard the originals before. Adding to the novel feel are some curious selections (particularly Dead Kennedys’ “Too Drunk to Fuck” and Josef K’s “Sorry for Laughing”) but overall the feel is so smooth it almost makes for easy listening, if you know what I mean.