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The First of Its Kind: Electro-Funk Masterpiece,
This review is from: She's in Control (Audio CD)As a preface to getting in details about this album, let it be known: 1.) you can do away with reviews saying Chromeo sounds like a hybrid of the likes of Hall & Oates, Daft Punk and N.E.R.D. Simply enough, Chromeo is a conglomeration of 70's funk rock, 80's instrumental italo-disco and modern bona fide electro-disco; 2.) you can also do away with the remixes of the songs on the album, because none of them really do any justice, as hopefully you'll find; 3.) Also, if you're looking for a quick rundown of the "stand-out" tracks, then stop, because the album is so good, you'll be hard-pressed to find any.
Most of the tracks on "She's In Control" employ vocals done with a really slick, yet somehow goofy vocoder. "Needy Girl" is about just that, and has three very sassy and bouncy keyboard lines intertwining. "Way Too Much" uses a Billy Idol-esque bass riff and a great trading off of real voice and vocoder sounds. "You're So Gangsta" is a funk masterpiece that samples the song name in a way so funky, fans of old Snoop Dogg would start making excuses. And then a saxophone comes in.
There are two instrumental tracks as well, which are a nice respite from the vocals. "Since You Were Gone" has crazy fazer-sounding key patterns, built up by electronic tom and cymbal crescendos, all glued together with a thick bass and snare. The nearly instrumental (and longest track) "Ah Oui Comme Ca" marries an incredibly tight drumbeat with a nice filtered organic synth sound that only the best in the contemporary electro genre would use.
If all of this weren't enough, most tracks feature a solo section somewhere in the middle, incorporating anything from 80's hair-metal sounding guitar leads to modern prog-rock keyboard virtuosity. But somehow, in the end, it all works. "Woman Friend" has perhaps the best of these solos, a really well-phrased 16th-note styling played with an icy-slick and shiny synth.
This album is for everybody who likes to dance or likes funky dance/electronic music at all; but also for those who remember the electro-disco-soul of Lime and Timex Social Club. Not to be missed.