Nancy Miller
April 25, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Smoky-piped chanteuses + a ’60s bossa nova beat + ’80s newwave chestnuts = one chouette cover band. Paris-based producers Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux (along with their crew of aspiring Keren Anns) morph 14 tunes by Depeche Mode (”Just Can’t Get Enough”), Modern English (”Melt With You”), and the Clash (”Guns of Brixton”), among others, into groovy, finger-snapping sambas on Nouvelle Vague. Best track: the easy, breezy ”Girl From Ipanema” redux of Joy Division’s ”Love Will Tear Us Apart,” which is as good as it Getz.

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