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Chic - Tongue in Chic (1996) Retail CD
As a big Chic fan I must say that this album is probably their weakest. Nothing on this record sounds the way it should or could have sounded. Track one is an attempt to sound like the slick funk acts that were around at those times (1982)- Rick James for example. So what happened to the "Chic- sound"? There are no strings here and no female lead vocalists. Instead, Nile 'n' Nard sing the song and Alfa Anderson and Luci Martin are so far in the background that it could be anyone. Plus- the song itself isn't that great. Track two, "I Feel Your Love Comin' On" is simply boring. Again, the two femalemore… singers are reduced to do the background vocals and this is the point where you start to wonder why those powerful voices are not used. The song itself doesn't quite live up to anything Chic have done so far. Although repetition was always a trademark of Chic ("My feet keep dancin, dancin'/ my feet keep dancin, dancin'"...) in this case the song is far to long- like a mantra Edwards repeats the chorus again and angain and again. That's okay when the song is good but in this case it's unnerving. Then, on the third track "When You Love Someone" everything that's good about Chic, can be found. Strong female vocals, Rodgers heavy guitar playing, piano and a great bass. The sad ballad turns into a funky dance song towards the end and leaves the listener hoping for more of that stuff to come- but the next track "Chic (Everybody say)" is a weak copy of the "Chic Cheer" from the "C'est Chic"- album- complete with live effects, applause and so on. Only thing is- it's not half as good- and again no female lead singers. The next track "Hey Fool" is a pleasant mid- tempo number, but nothing special-- and only the second track sung by a female member of Chic. "Sharing love" sounds almost like a rehash of "Soup For One" and the closing number "City Lights" is a nice instrumental but nowhere near as good as the bouncy and funky "Baby Doll" on the previous album "Take It Off". This album is a dissapointment to any Chic- fan. Only two songs for Alfa and Luci, the rest of the material is quite average and the instrumentation is boring. Chic were searaching for a new style but haven't found it. It seems they were tired of the old Chic sound but had little else to offer. A big minus as well is the "length" of this album- an approximate 32 minutes is far too short- even in the times of the good old vinyl. This only strengthens the impression that Chic weren't inspired and wanted to get the album done as fast as they could. For any new fans who want to know more about the twighlight years of the group- you better turn to "Take It Off" or "Real People"
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- Chic - Tongue in Chic (1996) Retail CD
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