White Women (LP)


Chromeo

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Amoeba Review

05/12/2014

When they arrived in the early 2000s, Chromeo seemed like a clever joke band, but we doubted it could go much further. Ten years later and Chromeo seem prescient, in a time when Empire of the Sun, Hot Chip and others have gone on to make similarly tasteful, retro art-pop with tongues planted firmly in cheeks. Accordingly, White Women sees Chromeo capitalizing on the sound they help create—or re-create—with a fuller, more substantial album. “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” is the big Hollywood-rock anthem of the album, its four-chord stomp and big, nighttime synths calling to mind both their aforementioned peers in Empire of the Sun and influences like Prince and Cameo. Toro y Moi brings his dream-funk thing to “Over Your Shoulder,” the all-to-rare dude duet that feels like a nod to their heroes in Hall & Oates. Though White Women sacrifices some of their funk in favor of stadium-filling pomp, David Macklovitch and Patrick Gemayel are clearly more schooled in ’80s synth-funk than some of their peers. Their attention to detail and ability to dial up a variety of decades and references have always saved them from merely being an enjoyable kitsch band, filling “Over Your Shoulder” with Quiet Storm vibes and prog-pop synths. The guest spots here also liven things up, as Solange makes the somber “Lost on the Way Home” a sort of cousin to her song “Some Things Never Seem to Fucking Work,” and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig pops up for the sweet little “Ezra’s Interlude.” Still, Chromeo’s big ol’ pop bangers are the stars here, delivered in spades on the space-funk of “Play the Fool” and silly “Sexy Socialite” (sample lyric: “you’re a sexy socialite, I wish you were a socialist/Instead of worrying about your name on the list, you’d insist that you should get in there for free”). Though no one would ever accuse Chromeo of playing it serious, you could think of White Women as the goofy younger brother to Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, hitting similar influences while using them primarily for the purpose of making us move our butts rather crafting a statement. Should we begrudge them that? Hell no. You’ll be too busy dancing to care.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Sexy Socialite
Chromeo 05:36
2.
Jealous (I Ain't With It)
Chromeo 03:48
3.
Come Alive [Feat. Toro y Moi]
Chromeo , Toro y Moi 03:58


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Over Your Shoulder
Chromeo 04:36
2.
Lost On the Way Home [featuring Solange]
Chromeo , Solange 05:24
3.
Play The Fool
Chromeo 05:15


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Hard To Say No
Chromeo 03:35
2.
Ezra's Interlude [Feat. Ezra Koenig]
Chromeo , Ezra Koenig 01:54
3.
Old 45s
Chromeo 03:47


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Somethingood
Chromeo 06:30
2.
Frequent Flyer
Chromeo 03:13
3.
Fall Back 2U
Chromeo 05:50

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