It’s hard to imagine getting bored with beautiful French girls singing, but apparently it’s possible. After one record of Brazilian-inflected covers of classic eighties new wave songs like “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” Nouvelle Vague, a project by Frenchman Marc Collin and Oliver Libaux that uses female French singers unfamiliar with the songs they are covering, gives us their second effort, “Bande A Part.” This time they sexify some more well-known songs like Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” and U2’s “Pride (In The Name of Love).” The Echo and the Bunnymen and Billy Idol covers are highlights, but the pointlessness of this album makes it hard to listen to as anything but background music. Its frivolousness becomes most evident in a cover of Bauhaus’ “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” that sounds like a mildly less harsh version of the original. It’s an album that’s painfully cool and self-consciously novel, to the degree that it doesn’t get to any interesting conclusions about the eighties music it covers or do anything but borrow from the Brazilian and Caribbean styles it takes as its musical basis. (Seth Mayer)
September 13 at Metro.