Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Review -- CHROMEO -- Fancy Footwork

Last Gang Records
Welcome to the work of electronica/pop, a world where you are either at home as a listener, or likely to be reaching for the CD changer after about a song-and-a-half. Unlike some genres, such as a jazz fan living through the blues, or a country fan accepting folk, this is really kind of take it, or leave it stuff.
There are occasions, such as on the cut Bonafied Lovin that Chromeo actually swings over into a style not so far removed from some modern jazz, but still the electronica takes the lead here too.
Chromeo is Dave 1 and P-Thugg, which basically leaves them a mystery, but musically they know their stuff, having written and produced the entire album. That is almost expected considering that such music tends to have a freedom of form that comes from the soul, and that shows in this music. That said I don't mean soul in a sorrowful, low mood way. This music is happy, upbeat, has a hot beat, and it leaves you feeling good.
Is this a CD I will listen too daily? Nope. But, on a day when you just want to pop a bit, this fits the bill well.
If you like your music keyboard and synth driven check this one out at www.chromeo.net

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper May 14, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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