Chromeo Business Casual
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- Released: September 14, 2010
- Originally Released: 2010
- Label: Atlantic
Spin3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his day at the office still features booty calls, romantic squabbles, and digitally syrupy declarations of devotion."
Entertainment Weekly - p.139"They remain adept students of the Hall & Oates school of hooks, which they surround with gleaming synth grooves and robotic talk-box solos..." -- Grade: B
Paste (magazine) - "[T]hree-minute groove-outs with the usual mix of keys, electric guitar, synths and that ubiquitous talk box....[They] write hypnotic, theatrical disco beats..."
Pitchfork (Website) - "BUSINESS CASUAL, Chromeo's third full-length, cements them as true scholars of squelchy chart pop. It's as if they spent three years inhaling the entire repertoire of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis before putting that knowledge to action."
- 1.Hot Mess
- 2.I'm Not Contagious
- 3.Night by Night
- 4.Don't Turn the Lights On
- 5.You Make It Rough
- 6.When the Night Falls
- 7.Don't Walk Away
- 8.J'ai Claqu‚ la Ponte
- 9.The Right Type
- 10.Grow Up
Personnel: Chromeo (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Zdar.
Recording information: Clinton Recording, NY; Masterkut, Montreal; Metrosonic Studios, Brooklyn; The Studio, Philadelphia, PA.
Photographer: Harry Peccinotti.
If it didn't capture the fun of '80s pop, it just wouldn't be Chromeo. And for their third album, Pee Thug and Dave One are as campy and faithful to their roots as humanly (and robotically) possible. Coming off shows with Daryl Hall, after a guest spot on the blue-eyed soul singer's Web show Live from Daryl's House, the duo has tapped deeper into the intricacies of AM pop. Business Casual has the typically synth-suave electro-funk jams, like "Hot Mess" and "Night by Night," featuring Gemayel's talkbox mastery over strobe-lit four-on-the-floor beats that are right in step with "Tenderoni" and "Needy Girl." As the album progresses, though, Macklovitch and Gemayel dig deeper into crates for cheesy inspiration, and you can hear glimmers of Rockwell, Lionel Richie, Oran Juice, and even The Kids from Fame TV series. "The Right Type" seems custom-made for a montage, and the snappy "Grow Up" could be the theme from a sitcom. Elsewhere, Solange Knowles does her best Whitney/Mariah impression for "When the Night Falls," and "J'ai Claqu‚ la Porte," with its Casio fills and fingerpicked acoustic, is sung entirely in French and features Dave One at his most smirkingly romantic. [The Deluxe Edition of Business Casual features several remixes of "Night by Night" and "Don't Turn the Lights On."] ~ Jason Lymangrover
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