Album review: Chromeo – ‘White Women’

Chromeo's much-anticipated fourth album is here. White Women became available on May 12, in time for their international summer tour, where they will be playing at Montreal's Osheaga at the start of August. Though the album was slated for release on May 12, Chromeo allowed fans and the public to stream their album on iTunes, starting May 8, to coincide with their Reddit AMA appearance. For those who may not know, a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) is where individuals or groups can host a Q&A for their fans.
Fans got the chance to question Chromeo's members, David Macklovitch and Patrick Gemayel, about their new album. Macklovitch explained that “there are three 'acts' to the record.” The four songs that were pre-released, on iTunes, Soundcloud and YouTube, start off the album and complete the first 'act', which Macklovitch describes as being more “poppy songs.” The first song of the album, “Jealous (I Ain't With It)”, pulls in the public's attention, as this song has been pushed through a variety of mediums, and has been moving up the charts.

Macklovitch went on to describe the second 'act' as being a set of  “deep soundtrack-y stuff.” This section starts with “Lost On The Way Home,” a song featuring Solange Knowles, Beyoncé's sister. Right away, the section is filled with heartfelt lyrics accompanied by watered-down funk beats. It is a dip in the album, not in quality, but in intensity, creating a nice diversity between those pure dance tunes and the mellow funk-ballads. These four songs really drive home the themes of the album and lyrics, which are love, relationships and the search for “the one.” The second part of the album ends with a short two minute piece featuring Ezra Koenig, one of Chromeo's oldest friend. The song, named “Ezra's Interlude,” is a perfect lead into the third and final part of the album.
The third part is pure old-school Chromeo, filled with funky tunes and catchy beats. One noticeable change is, what seems like a lack of the “talkbox” in this album, however, Macklovitch explains that the reason was to focus on the “two epic [talkbox] solos: one in “Sexy Socialite” and one in “Fall Back 2U”” in this album. “Fall Back 2U” is the last song of the album and is the perfect ending to the emotional, yet fun, roller coaster ride that is White Women, including, not only the talkbox, but a saxophone solo.
Overall, the album was a great success. As the last line of the album says: “It's never too late to try”, and that is certainly what Chromeo did for White Women. Using a variety of influences, from Hall & Oates to ZZ Top, Chromeo has created a beautifully organized and diverse album that is sure to make waves this summer.

Andrew Martel

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