CHIC-Tongue In Chic
Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers is on
this record leaving the rock experiment and looser attitude of the last
album "Take It
Off" and returns to their old classic sound which had some success
earlier this year on their soundtrack "Soup For One." It was fun to once again listen
to the elegant and sophisticated style of the title track and Fonzi Thornton's
"I Work For A Livin'," even if none of them were a "new"
or "Good Times."
In the late '70s Chic's hypnotic dance/soul formula were style forming
(compare with Prince and Rick James today) and are today integrated as
an essential part in the modern soul style. Just listen to Luther Vandross'
records. And it's this fact that's Chic's dilemma. The creators is suffering
because you can hear their sound in much of today's music Nile Rodgers
suggestive, riff guitarplay, Bernard Edwards floating, pulsating bass line
and the girls sharp chorus. It's now several years since their last pop
hit. On this record one's most successful on the funky single "Hangin'"
with jazzy sax play by Robert Arron and on the subtle "Hey Fool" which probably has the album's strongest
melody which shows that Chic's still most effective when pursuing simplicity.
With Alfa Anderson or Luci Martin on seductive vocals over a bubbly granular
carpet of rhythm. "I Feel Your Love Comin' On" possesses a catchy chorus
and leaves ample space for heavy bass play from Edwards and a show from
Rodgers. Add to it that Tony Thompson is a first rate drummer with a technique
studied by many. "I Feel" is a bit too long though. "When You Love Someone"
is a ballad that in the final minutes accelerates to full speed. It does
not, however compare with the amiable "A Warm Summernight" from the "Risqué"
album. Chic is again using strings, a striking feature of their earlier
hits (though not used at all on "Take It Off"), on the rap-garnished
Say)". A boring thing which recalls "Chic Cheer" off the "Cést Chic"
album. Lively "City
Lights" is more striking and gives Rodgers an opportunity to virtuous,
George Benson-like, guitar play, at the same time Edwards offers us a tremendous
bass solo there's muscle in the man's play! Edwards and Rodgers
has of course composed everything on "Tongue In Chic". But the
task of matching their unforgettable albums of 1978 & 1979 is supposedly,
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