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Chromeo: Business Casual

by on September 18, 2010

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7.5/10

The electrofunk duo Chromeo have always been known for their dance-floor ready beats and their fun atmosphere. When they burst onto the mainstream scene in 2007 with their second album, Fancy Footwork, songs like “Tenderoni” and “Fancy Footwork” were blasted in clubs around the nation. Not to mention their success led them to music festivals all around the world, including Fujirock, Glastonbury, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza twice. The next album in this band’s epic saga of disco grooves is Business Casual.

If you are a listener who just wants an album that you can party to, this album is for you. If you are a listener who is interested in sophisticated songwriting and soulful tunes, this album is also for you. This brings me into my first point, this album is not purely 80’s disco tunes. As a matter of fact, everything past track four is more soulful and interesting than anything Chromeo has ever done. Songs like “Grow Up” even reference Michael Jackson, with a beat sounding like it could have come straight off of Thriller. Other notable soul tunes are “Don’t Walk Away” and “The Right Type”. Interestingly enough, there are influences on the album that aren’t even soul. For example, the guitar solo in “Night By Night” takes a riff straight from the Eagles’ “One of These Nights”. “J’ai Claque La Porte” even includes fingerpicked acoustic guitar!

Despite the different styles of songs on the albums, they all have about the same tempo, and are great for dancing. The first four tracks have Chromeo’s signature synth-pop grooves and kick off the album with an amount of energy that only Chromeo can reach. The blend of Dave 1’s guitar and vocals along with P-Thugg’s vocoder on “I’m Not Contagious” echoes “Needy Girl” off of She’s in Control, and leaves the listener with an immense amount of satisfaction and of course a smile on their face. These songs are just plain fun.

The guys of Chromeo are very talented, and on Business Casual, they have tried to show off their talents while still making songs that fans love. And while sometimes it works (“Don’t Walk Away”, “When the Night Falls”), other times the songs just lack the energy that makes the album flow as it should (“You Make it Rough”, “J’ai Claque La Porte”). But despite these few tracks, the duo that dubs themselves “the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture,” has once again made an album that’s fun, sophisticated, and club-ready.

-Flow

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One Comment
  1. Chris Revord permalink

    Love the review!

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