ChRomEo Busi­ness Ca­sual (at­lantic Records)

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So deep is our cur­rent fas­ci­na­tion with all things 1980s that Mon­treal duo Chromeo has made an en­tire ca­reer out of re­viv­ing the sounds of Hall & Oates and other mi­nor stars of ana­log-synth disco pop. She’s in Con­trol from 2004 and the 2007 al­bum Fancy Foot­work were both club hits in which Chromeo de­fied its im­age as a nov­elty act. Part of it may be that their af­fec­tion for the era of early Prince, Rick James, and The Hu­man League is not an ironic pose but a la­bor of love. This new ef­fort shows that all their crate-dig­ging was not in vain. The al­bum is awash in in­flu­ences from the tail end of the disco era; the clos­est it comes to a hit is “Night by Night,” which seems to bor­row from “Eye of the Tiger” and the Bay­watch theme song to cre­ate an eerily dance­able epic. As the al­bum’s one de­par­ture from its sig­na­ture sound, “J’ai Claqué La Porte” has vo­cal­ist Dave 1 sing­ing in his na­tive French over min­i­mal­ist Ger­man techno beats. “I’m Not Con­ta­gious” has the guys rolling out the vocoder to pro­claim their prow­ess at lov­ing, flirt­ing, and above all, se­duc­ing. Chromeo lives in a world in which the ladies fall for their gold chains, their chest hair, and their Drakkar Noir over and over again. If it is a con, it’s one they be­lieve in so much that it might as well be the real thing. — Casey Sanchez

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