Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hollywood, Mon Armour

Hollywood, Mon Armour is the latest project of Marc Collin, the man behind Nouvelle Vague. This time around, he relies on several chanteuses like Skye Edwards (former Morcheeba singer), Cibelle, Yael Naim, Juliette Lewis... to reinterpret '80s movie theme songs. The idea sounds promising on paper, but the actual practice turned out to be not as thrilling.
My main problem with the album is that the novelty has lost its sheen. It sounds exactly like what I'd expect it to be. The production is too repetitive to listen to all in one sitting. The tone is just so...monotonous.
Now that we get that out of the way, the album actually has a fair share of worthy moments, like Yael Naim's balladry take on 'Flashdance...What A Feeling', or Skye Edwards' enticing reading of Blondie's 'Call Me'. The treatment of 'Eye Of The Tiger' eerily reminds me of another cover version by Olivier Bernet for the soundtrack of Persepolis, though. Overall, in my opinion, Hollywood, Mon Armour would benefit from cutting off a few tracks (to later use as bonus tracks, perhaps). Marc's approach is just too safe and treading old ground now, he needs to take some new tricks up his sleeves. The formula's not broken, but it would help if things got shaken up a bit more.

Yael Naim - Flashdance...What A Feeling (Flashdance)
Skye Edwards - Call Me (American Gigolo)
Leelou - Don't You (Forget About Me) (The Breakfast Club)
Katrine Ottosen - Eye Of The Tiger (Rocky III)


Here's the tracklist:

01. View To A Kill (feat. Skye)
02. Call Me (feat. Skye)
03. When Doves Cry (feat. Nadeah)
04. Eye Of The Tiger (feat. Katrine Ottosen)
05. Cat People (feat. Dea Li)
06. Flashdance (What A Feeling) (feat. Yael Naim)
07. Footloose (feat. Cibelle)
08. This Is Not America (feat. Juliette Lewis)
09. Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) (feat. Nadeah)
10. Together In Electric Dreams (feat. Nadeah)
11. Reality (feat. Nancy Danino)
12. Forbidden Colours (feat. Nadeah)
13. It's Wrong For Me To Love You (feat. Bianca Calandra)
14. For Your Eyes Only (feat. Dea Li)
15. Don't You (Forget About Me) (feat. Leelou)

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