Fancy Footwork インポート
Few entertainment pleasures can match the free-wheeling escapades of an act that wouldnt be caught dead taking itself seriously. Such is the aesthetic of audio "researchers" Dave One and Pee Thug, and Fancy Footwork marks the duo's graduation from über-hip pranksters to "Bonafide" party rockers with a decent shot at longevity. Tongues-in-cheek, Chromeo channels the synthesized pop anthems of the 1980s as a matter of course, but the resulting dulcet-toned timbres are nevertheless creatures of the dance club, circa now. Standouts like the title track, "Tenderoni," and "Outta Sight" could keep a masquerade ball at Paisley Park hopping, and the shifty "Opening Up (Ce Soir on Danse)" gives male vulnerability a rare dose of charismatic, hip-swishing swagger. Even when Chromeo openly regresses into grade-school buffoonery ("Momma's Boy," "Call Me Up"), little is lost; Fancy Footwork is tailor-made for the turntable, so occasional low-energy numbers and errant odes to teenage insecurity hardly mar the potential for festivity. In all, this album delivers on the promise suggested by 2004's She's in Control: the art of the nostalgic soirée, it seems, is alive and well in Chromeo's native Montreal. Seriously. --Jason Kirk
It's not groundbreaking. There are no jaw-dropping instrumental solos. Just good old electrofunkpop (is this what you'd call it?) that can put you into a real laughing sort of mood. If you're one of those dark and brooding take-my-music-deathly-serious types you'll hate this. If you're a goofball, the sort of person who likes to have fun and dance around their house with their friends, you'll probably love this.