on 8 January 2008
For those who are familiar with Chromeo already, all you need to know is that this is very similar to their debut album, although it's actually an improvement with better song writing and more varied beats.
For those new to Chromeo then prepare to step back into the eighties! It would be easy to dismiss Chromeo as 'novelty', with the often slightly tonque-in-cheek lyrics, but therein lies the genius. It borders on being cheesy but it never crosses that line because it's not trying to be something it's not, and doesn't take itself too seriously (which is what sets them apart) - this is for those open-minded individuals who know the best music isn't 'pop'. This is just two guys with keyboards who have clearly become a little too taken with the 80s, creating funky little songs that entertain both the head and feet. Bonafied Lovin is the standout track with that guitar riff and perfectly executed beats and cooly delivered vocals.
This album is as absurd as 80s group Five Star whilst being as fun-lovin as early Scissor Sisters with beats similar to those found in Madonna's Like A Virgin album.
In what was another poor year for music, this was one of the few shining lights, so give it a spin. Hey! lighten-up! it's Chromeo :)
on 23 May 2007
my word this album is good! i was a fan from the first time i heard needy girl from their first album and this work of art simply cements chromeo's place in my heart. the production is better than she's in control as is the general standard of song. it is less repetative and if possible even cheesier and more 80s sounding! standout tracks are the hilarious "momma's boy," "call me up" and the slightly Prince-esque "outta sight."
if you are a fan of she's in control then definitely buy this and if you have heard any new songs such as "tenderoni" or "fancy footwork" then be safe in the knowledge that those songs are fair representations of the standard of the album.
buy buy buy
on 9 September 2008
This album is probably the best pop album I'v heard since Thriller. This is a very very bold statement I know but I think very justified. There is a superb blend of funk, electro and humour on this album that will hopefully gain chromeo the recognition they deserve. The only floor on this album is the fact that you could say that many of the tracks are quite similar to one another but then every single track on this album could easily be realised as a single.
Brillent pop music!!!
on 24 February 2012
This album has all the sounds I grew up with as a teenager. Now at the ripe old age of 44, I find myself body popping around the office when I play tracks like 'Opening Up (Ce Soir On Danse).. I reckon these guys up there with Thievery Corporation, Kruder / Dorfmeister and Beastie Boys for sheer brilliance and talent.
on 16 August 2007
Put this on in the car having not heard them before and found myself bopping up and down, tapping the steering wheel, and smiling profusely. This album is simplistic, fun, genius. Every song just has an ability to make you happy. Thoroughly recommend this. Chromeo almost create a genre all of their own. Brilliant.
on 11 September 2008
Do you like Electro-Funk? Are you still hanging somehow in the 80s disco style, but need some refresh? This is your record! Maybe it is old fashioned, maybe it is nothing really new.... but it is great production. You feel the fun they had in the studio while recording....
on 2 December 2007
This cd brings refreshing new life into the genre of funk, granted it is upbeat funk and not quite as slow as some Bootsy or Troutman, Zapp etc albums ive heard but what can you expect from a modern funk band. But i would definitely recommend this cd to fans of funk or even funky house. Though some songs are not as strong as others, they all generally attempt to provide an original beat, with a few in particular being dedicated to Roger Troutman (RIP)(assuming it is his voice is mixed in a few songs aswell ).
However, weaknesses are that as the band is only two keyboard players I would assume that no guitars are used in this album except pre samples. Maybe Im asking for too much of a return to funk from the 70s and 80s? Still, a thoroughly recommended album for a party, upbeat easy listening, fans of funk or house.