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Album Review: Chromeo - Business Casual (Atlantic)

Montreal duo Chromeo follow up their 2007 gem with a slick, polished album - but it feels like style over substance

If 2007’s well-received album ‘Fancy Footwork’ was the twitching bulge in the tight ’80s slacks of Montreal synth-funk duo Dave 1 and P-Thug, then ‘Business Casual’, their major label debut, is the exploding, splurging boner. Cassius man Phillippe Zdar’s production is a deluxe weave of dreamy synths, biting snares, throbbing bass and warbly Vocoders, but it feels as if Chromeo are just doodling knobs over the top. Which, don’t get me wrong, is pretty funny and life affirming – grab a pen and try it yourself on this week’s NME – but does little to vanquish
the novelty image they’re attempting to shake.

Mike Williams

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6 / 10

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