I recently heard a new track from Chromeo on the radio - Come Alive, so I checked out Youtube and then Amazon to find out the availability. I was so surprised after checking out their previous albums to find a group pursuing the sound of the 80's and replicating it so well.
Understandably there will be nay sayers who just appreciate formulaic music and any deviation from this will send them into spirals of despair, but for me they are missing the point somewhat. All the right motifs of the music are there: the fat bass lines, the analogue synth sounds, string stabs and riffs that rocked so many 80's dance floors. Whatever your past tastes, electro, funk or pop, this group successfully caters for that need.
The lyrics remind me of the kind of Po-faced seriousness and nonchalance of the Pet Shop Boys, never taking themselves too seriously which sells the music much more( for me anyway).
I can't agree with the other reviewer that the album tails off, thats nonsense. There are always tracks in an album that we never like, lets be honest now. I personally don't like J'ai Claque La Porte but that doesn't stop me finding the album very good as a whole. So the last couple of tracks are not 'off the shelf' items, you have to listen with better ears than that. If you can appreciate them for what they are you can see the guys are merely stretching their artistic legs but keeping the musical influence they are known for.
Anyway, this is one happy customer, they could be singing out a shopping list for all I care, the chance to hear those meaty basslines and vintage synth sounds is too much to resist. If you are a child of the electro-funk era, I recommend you get a fix now !