[ALBUM REVIEW] Chromeo: White Women
White Women is the fourth album for electronic duo Chromeo. Even after ten years of wowing us with their kitschy yet catchy tracks, this album does not disappoint. White Women starts strong with the danceable “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” and takes the listener on a fun, ironic journey.
Chromeo isn’t remembered for any one specific track, and again on this album, it’s tough to pick a favorite. “Come Alive (feat. Toro Y Moi)” is a strong contender as it perfectly melds the soft, careful sound Toro Y Moi is known for, and Chromeo’s funky bass and clever writing. However, “Lost On The Way Home (feat. Solange)” takes the album in a sweeter, slower, more heartfelt direction, which is definitely outstanding. Of course, not to be outdone, “Ezra’s Interlude (feat. Ezra Koening)” named after Ezra Koening from Vampire Weekend is also a very sincere track that will stick with you.
Chromeo – “Come Alive (feat. Toro Y Moi)”
Last Gang Records
[Released May 2014]
While White Women is a strong album overall, there is definitely a weak link in the chain. Unfortunately, “Sexy Socialite”, while mildly funny, comes across as a repetitive and shallow song. Perhaps that’s the point as the lyrics are about a shallow girl, but it seems lost on the listener. I find myself skipping this one when listening to the album all the way through.
White Women starts very upbeat and takes the listener on a bit of a roller coaster with highs and lows throughout. You can listen to this album all the way through, or enjoy individual tracks and still experience the same level of expert writing and fun we’ve come to expect from Chromeo. I rarely find I enjoy an album on shuffle, but this one seems to work. Whether you’re an old fan, or you’ve just discovered them, White Women will not disappoint.
Favorite track: Jealous (I Ain’t With It)
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