CHIC-Take It Off
The sole criticism which could be levied
against Chic's "Real People" last year is that it wasn't adventurous
enough: Chic seemed rutted in its instantly-identifiable sound. Here, though,
the group takes some chances. Several of the cuts have a harder instrumental
edge, leaning more toward rock than r&b at times. (That aspect of the
music is reflected in the cover illustration and lettering which makes
this look like a B-52's album). Songs like "So
Fine" and "Just Out
Of Reach" are looser and more expansive than Chic's usual ultra-tight
approach. And "Baby Doll,"
the closing track, is a hot instrumental with a tenor sax solo worthy of
Jr. Walker. Now if only rock stations will ease up on their restrictive
programming, this can get the across-the-board exposure it deserves. Best
cuts: Those cited plus "Your
Love Is Cancelled."