CHROMEO

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JIM CAR­ROLL

White Women Par­lophone

★★★

There re­ally should be an ironic emoti­con tucked away in that ti­tle. What­ever your views on the mer­its or other­wise of pop with a play­ful sense of hu­mour, Chromeo’s David Macklovitch and Patrick Ge­mayel have made a good liv­ing from merg­ing comic, tongue-in-cheek, louche lyrics and sub­ject mat­ters with funky, in­fec­tious grooves. What’s quickly ap­par­ent (aside from the ti­tle’s nod to fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher Hel­mut New­ton and the pair’s fond­ness for act­ing the ee­jit at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity) is the strong, as­sured and clas­sic song­writ­ing mus­cles at work. A track such as Sexy So­cialite may at first strike you as Weird Al Yankovic-like, but it takes con­sid­er­able smarts to com­bine a bril­liant put­down of VIP cul­ture with a high-kick­ing, catchy pop hook. They do this a few times – Come Alive and Over Your Shoul­der also plough these fur­rows – so it’s no fluke. chromeo.net

Down­load: Sexy So­cialite, Come Alive

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