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Album review: Chromeo’s ‘White Women’

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Smith Galtney

Two and a half stars

Chromeo White Women

I really want to love Chromeo. David Macklovitch and Patrick Gemayel seem like such a sweet pair of Canadians. Far from interlopers, they’ve got honest-to-God roots in dance music. Instead of running their voices through some Vocoder plug-in, they play an actual Talk Box. They’ve also got a knack for great album titles (Business Casual) and fun cover art, and they did a pretty nice rendition of The Eagles’ “I Can’t Tell You Why” a few years ago. As for the duo’s original tunes, well, they’re far less remarkable.

Another Chromeo album that does exactly what you expect, White Women has a song about a “Sexy Socialite” (complete with sassy chick rapper) and a song about a “Frequent Flyer” (complete with a “this is your captain speaking” breakdown), with everything else landing a little too neatly for its own good. When Solange joins in for the duet “Lost on the Way Home,” you wish she’d shake these boys up just like she did her brother-in-law.

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