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Chicism [CASSETTE]

Chic, Erasure Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (3 Mar 1992)
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B00000EYTM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

1. Chic Mystique
2. Your Love
3. Jusagroove
4. Something You Can Feel
5. One and Only One
6. Doin' That Thing to Me
7. Chicism
8. In It to Win It
9. My Love's for Real
10. Take My Love
11. High
12. M.M.F.T.C.F.
13. Chic Mystique (Reprise)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ahhhhh......Sweet Chic! 11 Oct 2011
By Jack
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album on its first release in 1992, not expecting much, and loved it - at least the first half.
It fires from the off with the double-barrelled segue of Chic Mystique/Your Love and then has trouble sustaining the energy (it doesn't). Jusagroove and Something You Can Feel (marred by a terrible, dated rap by Princesa) keep things bubbling with New Jack Swing beats, but by the time we get to the anodyne ballad One And Only One it definitely feels like the balloon is deflating. The fabulous Doin' That Thing To Me raises the temperature, but the monotonous rap of the title track and a succession of treacly ballads and anonymous funk workouts pretty much kills it stone dead.
With only 13 tracks but a runtime of more than an hour Chic-ism seems a lot longer, probably because many of the tracks outstay their welcome. The whole production is a lot more beat-heavy and vocal (there is definitely too much histrionic shrieking) than previous Chic albums, and its attempts to be contemporary only make it sound even more dated, but the truth is that this album is completely out of step with the music of its time.
Even so, the first few tracks are treasures and worthy of inclusion in the Chic Canon.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not quite classic chic 3 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
Just when i thought 'Believer' had risen as the ghost of Chic, I found Chic-ism. I quite liked this album at first, but it now seems so dated, and so early 90's. Some songs sound like copies of a few of the greats, such as 'I want your love' from c'est chic but this album tries to copy the great period of 'Chic/C'est Chic/Risque/Real People/Take it off', but this album is ten years too late, and instead sounds like a tired-funked up-remix of hits released years earlier. This really was the 'last' Chic album. Alfa and Lucy had gone, and replaced by two screechy unknowns. Nile was still experimental, but better employed producing his much loved pop records. Bernard, I suspect, tried to hang on to the Chic formula. It makes me sigh when i pick up the album, and long for the old magical, sparkling-diamond-days of classic Chic.This album is better than 'believer' & possibly 'Tongue in chic', but a reminder of just how great Chic really were in the late 70s and early 80's, and how much they dived there-after.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PURE MODERN FUNK! 2 Feb 2010
By BigK90
Format:Audio CD
Modern funk, imagine a cross between the disco era Chic and New Jack Swing /Bobby Brown et al that was popular in the mid-nineties. Obviously, David Bowie agreed with me, as he used some of Nile Rodger's band on his 'Black Tie White Noise' album. Anyone who likes the aformentioned will enjoy. And I thought the singing was really good, especially on 'One And Only One'!
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicism by Chic 5 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
Nile and Rodgers have surpassed themselves yet again - it's different to the traditional chic music but has that unforgettable sound!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Groovilicious! 14 July 2002
By The Groove - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Chic-ism" was released in 1992 before it ultimately went out of print in the United States. That's a doggone shame because we finally have, after all these years, the reunion of Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards (rest in peace, brother) in one of the most legendary dance acts ever! Next to other then-happening trends, "Chic-ism" may sound old school, but it's certainly not old fashioned. These guys can come up with a groove that's air-tight using REAL INSTRUMENTS and soulful vocals. "Chic Mystique" shines while we're treated to another uptempo number, the flawless "In It To Win It" replete with a slammin' bassline and Nile's trademark guitar. "Doin' that Thing to Me," is also another welcome throwback to the 1970s, and, in a good display of range, they offer the sensual ballad "One and Only Love." But my jam of choice is the infectious "MMFTCF" with its repetive chorus and, again, a good bassline and impressive guitar work. This is hip and happening stuff; it's so hip, P. Diddy is known to often sample Chic's work for his own jams. And it's easy to see why. While Bernard is no longer with us, the legacy of Chic lives on. Quite simply, they were one of the baddest groups around.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest bands of my generation 27 July 2007
By Olukayode Balogun - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm a die-hard Chic fan but let's be honest: the wheels were starting to come off the machine by the time this 'reunion' album was released in 1992, a whole fifteen years after they first burst onto the scene with hits like "Everybody Dance" and "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)". Drummer and original member Tony Thompson isn't on this and neither are vocalists Alfa Anderson and Luci Martin. Keyboardists Robert Sabino and Andy Shwartz had also long since gone, taking with them some fundamental aspects of the Chic sound I'd grown to know and love. With new vocalists Sylver Logan Sharp and Jenn Thomas, and even a rapper(Princesa, who raps on "Something You Can Feel" and "Chicism") on board, Bernard Edwards and Nile Rogers did their damndest to keep up with the changing times but it was essentially a losing battle. At least it was as far as I was concerned.

There are still flashes of the old brilliance though. Tunes like "Your Love", "One And Only One" and "Doin' That Thing To Me" are modern and show progression while still maintaining the essentials of the Chic sound (including the wonderful Chic strings) and the opener, "Chic Mystique" is quite a nice little foot tapper, as is "Jusagroove". All the same though, unless you're either keenly interested in nostalgia or a die-hard Chic fan like me, I'd say give this one a miss. Or to put it another way: it's not that this is a bad album per se; in fact it's pretty good. It's just not essentially Chic and as such, is slightly dated. Unfortunately, while these cats were able to set trends in the late 70s and early 80s, by the early 90s, they simply seemed to be following them.

Their first four albums are simply unmissable in my opinion but after that it's like that old saying: you pays your money and you takes your chances. I had this album on vinyl for ages, still enjoy playing it and just had to get it on CD but like I said, I'm a die-hard Chic fan. Quite frankly, I think they were one of the greatest bands of my generation. Given my love for the band and their sound, and the moments of brilliance I referred to earlier, I have no problem giving this album four stars.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reunion 25 July 2001
By disco75 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After a prolonged absense from the recording scene, Rodgers and Edwards reunited to produce this album. There were several disappointments, beginning with the use of different drummers than Tony Thompson, whose superb work was fundamental to the earlier incarnation of Chic. The use of different vocalists seemed prompted by a desire to attain Blackbox style, belted-out singing. Incorporation of rap breaks also seemed a nod to the prevailing trends. Many of the songs were penned in ways that shared much with the dance scene of the 90's. In all, this project seemed to respond to the trends rather than anticipate or make them.
There were, however, a number of strong tracks. "Your Love" and "My Love's For Real" showed Rodgers' and Edwards' pop sensibilities and ear for catchy melodies. "High" veered toward guitar rock while retaining a funk base, and "MMFTCF" was the strongest of the irritatingly self-referential songs ("Chic Mystique," "Chicism.") Best of all, the Chic elements of old came shining through on the sublime "Doin' That Thing To Me." This song utilized strings, was percussively infectious, and contained the best, breezy lyrics on the disc. Certainly not in league with their peak material, Chicism was a good effort compared to other albums of the time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something you can feel 9 Jan 2013
By barnard gumble - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a huge Chic fan so I was getting around to filling out my catalog with this cd. I listened to the album once and I wasn't crazy about. I went ahead and bought it anyways and have been *very* happy since. If you are throwing a party this will play nicely; I'm confident someone will ask who is on the stereo. Track 4 is great but my favorite is track 6. "In it to win it" is really good too. If you are a Chic lover get this cd.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chic-Ism...WOW!!` 9 May 2013
By AJ Diggs Sr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've been a Chic fan since their inception and I thought i'd heard most of their recordings but, Chic-Ism is by far one of the best Bernard Edwards/Nile Rogers productions ever. I don't understand why it didn't get more notariety. Sounds like they had a "good times" on this one.
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