UNCUT - - New Al­bums - JA­son An­DeR­son

It’s About Time VIR­GIN 6/10 First set of (mostly) new Chic ma­te­rial in more than 25 years

It feels churl­ish to com­plain that the new al­bum by the maker of the most el­e­gant ’70s disco and most im­pec­ca­ble ’80s pop sounds dated. But one prob­lem with It’s About Time – Rodgers’ first re­vival of the Chic im­print since 1992’s Chic-ism – is how sel­dom its con­tents re­sem­ble the likes of “Good Times” (though Lady Gaga gives it a shot on an over­dressed ren­di­tion of Chic’s “I Want Your Love”) or his pro­duc­tions for David Bowie and Madonna. In­stead, too many songs sport frumpier styles, like the New Jack Swing of “Sober” or the sub-Boyz II Men ’90s R&B of “Queen”, which unites El­ton John with Emeli Sandé with dis­ap­point­ing re­sults. Thank­fully, “Boo­gie All Night” is one of sev­eral mas­ter classes in groove and fi­nesse.

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