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Classic Album Review: Chromeo | She’s In Control

Dig out your pastel parachute suit and get ready to party like it's 1989.

This came out in 2004 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


“This is the new sound,” brag Montreal synth-pop duo Chromeo mere seconds into their debut album. They’re lying through their teeth, of course.

Truth is, from the thwacking old-school beatbox grooves and finger-popping retro-funk basslines to the robotic talkbox vocals and minimalist synth bleeps, their sound is as fresh as that buttermilk you’ve had in the fridge since August. But that’s OK; even if these boys are trying to pass off an old beater as this year’s model, they do with such obvious reverence and enthusiasm that it’s impossible to hold a grudge. She’s In Control is a joyous 45-minute trip back to the halcyon days of Cameo, The Brothers Johnson, Prince, Yaz, The Time, George Clinton, Ray Parker and Falco. So don’t fight the feeling; dig out your parachute pants and pastel suit jacket, get your hair cut into a wedge, plant your tongue firmly in cheek and get ready to party like it’s 1989.