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Coming Home by Nouvelle Vague

Without having the source material at hand, I cannot discern as to what French music producer Marc Collin may have done (if anything) to these seventeen pieces culled from film soundtracks. And it’s the second part of his Coming Home compilation. Yet, these ears cannot determine what treatments, re-stylizations or remixes were enacted. Regardless, it’ certainly is a pleasant and entertaining jaunt, launched by Gato Barbieri’s infamous mega-hit "Last Tango In Paris." Going by the group moniker of Nouvelle Vague, Collin duly annotates the year, composer and film on a per track basis.

Take for example Michel Legrand’s gorgeous piece titled "A Man’s Castle," from The Thomas Crown Affair, where oscillating flutes wondrously morph with the strings section and snazzy muted trumpet lines. On Alain Goraguer’s "Deshominisation," Collin may have added the darkly-hued synth sound, especially when considering the piece is lifted from an early ‘70s French film. And in other regions of sound and scope, you’ll hear delightful and syrupy arrangements, bespeaking romance and escapism via plush orchestrations that more or less translate into calming, easy listening fare. However, "Rendez-vous a L’Evidence," is credited as a Collin composition that comprises trickling synth sounds amid layered strings and a laidback rock pulse. In addition, this compilation features works by noted film scorers John Barry, Ennio Morricone and other familiar names. Either way, the music is as pretty as a picture.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Nouvelle Vague
  • CD Title: Coming Home
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 2007
  • Record Label: Stereo Deluxe
  • Rating: Four Stars
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