Album: Nouvelle Vague, 3, (Peacefrog Records)

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Third time around, Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux's loungecore collective needed to try something different.

So this time they've lured some of the original singers to duet with their rolling rota of chanteuses – Martin Gore appears on "Master and Servant"; Ian McCulloch crops up on "All My Colours", etc.

Truth be told, the formula is getting a bit samey: take a dozen new wave classics, and play them very quietly. So quietly that, once or twice, you can almost hear the sound of a barrel being scraped.