4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Glossy disco Chic style only hit and miss fun.,
This review is from: Norma Jean (Expanded) (Audio CD)For me, the Chic sound has always been a bit hit and miss. Although obviously they have had moments of brilliance ("Le Freak, Everybody Dance, We Are Family...ok, more than a few), they had their equal share of dirgy ballads, and the eighties...wow, their sound went downhill. It seems there are more of those dirgy moments on this album then not. But the good stuff first: this album is treated nicely by Edsel, and the packaging is very nicely done. It was also great of them to include bonus tracks, which for me, has made it a worthwhile purchase. Those tracks, "High Society" and it's flip "Hold Me Lonely Boy" are the absolute stereotype of the Chic sound: glossy, sophisticated and ambitious. Great stuff. "Saturday" is brilliant: she longs to get out of her mundane job and go out there and disco...don't we all? It's mellow, it's anthemic, it's great. But, apart from "Sorcerer", which is another Chic stomper, and so much better in it's 12" mix which is included here, the album is full of ballads. Although "I Believe In You", "So I Get Hurt Again" and "This Is The Love" are nice, they are not mind blowing. I can't stand "Having A Party". What is that track meant to be??? And "I Like Love"...that is a nice uplifting song, half disco, half pop, that became a hit for Solitaire a few years ago, at least here in Australia. So the highlights:
HIGH SOCIETY EXTENDED
I LIKE LOVE
it also includes some bonus tracks, single edits of "Saturday", "Sorcerer" and "Having A Party" although I don't see the point really. Why listen to the shorter versions when you can get more groove? Full marks for the packaging though. Great to see disco albums on cd...