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An accoustic tribute to Depeche Mode on Les Disques Du Soleit Et L' Acier.

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Down To The Bone by Sylvain Chauveau & Ensemble Nocturne
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6/10 Clinton 27 November 2006
The new CD from Sylvain Chauveau promised much but we've been a little disappointed in it. Its an album of Depeche Mode songs. Now you would think given Monsieur Chauveau's past work that this would be an album of neo-classical understated beauty. Well it is and it isn't. The instrumentation throughout is lovely (except from the odd unnecessary clarinet solo) but the fact that he has decided to use vocals makes it a much more straight down the line album that it might have been. His voice isn't the greatest. It does the job but it doesn't have the character to carry this sort of stuff off. My final complaint is that the material is generally plucked from later Depeche Mode albums and so it really is unrelenting misery throughout. That said, the orchestration is at points breathtaking and this is bound to appeal to fans of Depeche Mode. Maybe I've been a bit harsh on it  - its not a bad album by any stretch of the imagination -  but its more in the vein of Tindersticks, Sophia or at the Close of every day than what we were expecting. On Les Disques Soleil et de Lacer.

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