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Risque

CHIC

1979

Risque
Album Summary

Risqué is the third studio album by American disco band Chic, released on Atlantic Records on July 30, 1979. One of the records that defined the disco era, the album became highly influential not only within the movement, but also in other styles such as hip hop, art rock and new wave. In 2020, Rolling Stone ranked the album at number 414 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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3.28

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Funk
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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

The disco backlash was uniquely American. In Europe, people didn't torch their copies of Saturday Night Fever, but instead used disco as fertiliser for a crop of pioneering genres, from post-punk to Italo. Now, as much as commentators, with reason, point to prejudices against disco's black and gay subcultures as fuelling the backlash, it's not as if Europe lacked for such bigotries. What I say has been looked over is American exoticism as seen with the European gaze: what passes for everyday to Americans may either baffle or fascinate we Europeans. Many Americans damned disco as brainless, but many Europeans saw fierce innovation in these calls to dance. Yes, there were plenty of UK critics dismissing disco, and yes, some Americans did similar to Europe in devising new music inspired by disco, such as Chicago house, but they do not disprove the general trend of this specific American exceptionalism. And just remember: Nile Rodgers has not only had the last laugh, but he hasn't stopped laughing since 1983. Anyway, onto Risqué. One fault of Risqué is one of its great strengths: the opener, Good Times. Good Times, for several reasons, has rightfully become one of the most iconic 70s tracks (and here I'll mention its perhaps even more momentous half-sibling Rapper's Delight). The majesty of Good Times lies, of course, in Bernard Edwards' serpentine bassline, not that Nile Rodgers' guitar isn't fully up to snuff. But when you start an album with such a totem, the rest risks sounding diminished by default. To test this, I just tried listening to the album except for Good Times, and the magic of the other songs burst out. I had originally considered the strings on the rest of the album to sound too syrupy for the modern eardrum, but played independently, they sounded so warm and silky. Also, the latter half of the album revolves around themes of heartache, illicit love and betrayal, marking this out as substantially darker and richer than the fluff the name "disco" implies to some. So do we have the paradoxical result of the whole being less than the sum of its parts? Or one skyscraper of a song stealing all the other songs' sunlight? Or is it that Good Times is immediate in bestowing its rewards, whereas the other songs require more contemplation? Not the first, but I can agree to ther last two. The sheer quality of the songwriting, performances and production push this into the 5-star category, but the listener should heed the caveat that the best is the enemy of the good, and the best is Good Times.

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Tue Dec 20 2022
4

Man, this is a hard one to pin down. Musically, this band is so tight and so clean. Disco gets such a bad rap, and I'd hesitate to limit this band to disco, but this is the prototype for funky dance/disco music. [The Outkast references are inadvertent but appropriate.] Tony Thompson (who you'll also recognize from Power Station and Bowie's "Let's Dance" album) on drums is a massive time keeper/groove provider, Nile Rodgers knows how to play funky guitar better than just about anyone, and the rest of the musicians all play their parts to perfection. Yes, the tunes roll on and on, but that's the point. I'll take humans killing a dance beat over techo every single time. Then... there's the vocals. Well, I should say, lyrics, because the vocals are totally right on and immediately identifiable (I didn't love the vocal melody on "Will You Cry," but the rest are perfect for the music). But the lyrics seem like an afterthought, and it holds this record back. Yes, it was a different era, so I'll even overlook some of the misogyny, but even on the biggest hit, "Good Times," the lyrics are trying to bring the song down. ("Don't be a drag, participate; Clams on the half shell, and roller skates, roller skates.") At the very least, it seems they were happy to settle on the first rhyme they came up with. So, for me, it was a tug between being super impressed with the music and wondering why they didn't work harder on the lyrics. Clearly, they did fine for themselves, and it works for the dance floor, because you know the lyric the second time it comes around and you're locked in, but IMO, a little more variety and a little more attention to quality lyrics would have made this a five. As it stands... I'm at like a 3.5... it's Christmas, so this gets the Santa bump.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
1

Good Times + a lot of filler.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
1

Did you know that "Good Times" is over 8 minutes long? I sure didn't before today. Let me tell you, that's about 6 minutes longer than it needs to be. And, as annoying as that song is, it's the best part of this whole record. Disco is just the worst.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

I think more people would like disco than care to admit. The bassline in Good Times is worthy of 5 stars alone, really like that it was sampled and squires a lot of later tracks.

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Thu Mar 09 2023
5

Disco is not dead so long as it lives in the hearts of men!

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Wed Sep 29 2021
1

I cringed when the first song started. The dreaded disco that I hated with passion and now I have to listen to it. I always thought there was a special place in hell reserved for the bands that played this. But wait! I'm starting to like the first song. This can't be. Am I going to hell too? Fortunately, after half liking the first song I truly hated the rest. No postmortal global warming for me

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Thu May 19 2022
5

Now this I can listen for eternity

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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

starts off especially strong with Good Times, although i think it overstays it's welcome by a couple of minutes. while each song was extremely groovy it suffers from being quite repetitive. The runtime is quite short though which keeps the good times rolling without bearing too hard on the listener. 3.5 to a 4/5

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Tue Feb 08 2022
2

The problem with Disco records is that all the songs are unnecessarily long with nothing to really hold them up for that extended length. Seriously, once you've heard the first 8-minute-long track off of this album, just stop listening, as the rest of the album is the same thing over and over.

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Sun Aug 01 2021
5

Bernie. Edwards. Makes it a 5.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

This album is awesome! Nile Rodgers is a chuckin beast on guitar!

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Thu Mar 09 2023
5

A classic Disco record. I don't know if I'd say it is a strong 5 due to bloat (drugs be crazy), but I think it has such staying power, that it at least deserves that 5 position.

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Sun May 09 2021
4

Good Disco album can hear where the samples have been taken for other tracks

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Sun Jun 13 2021
3

This album works best when it focuses on the uptempo, guitar-driven tracks, but even the slower songs have their place here. It's clear this is an LP to dance to - the track lengths and structures are undeniable in their rhythm and catchiness. Fun to see the building blocks of early House (four on the floor beats, synth-like piano lines, and tight, compressed guitar looped) permeate this album and remember where the samples originally came from.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
3

Good times is a great song but that bass player slaps funky shit throughout the whole album. 3.49 stars

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Possibly the most sampled album in history? I had no idea that De la Soul lifted the Roller Skating Jam line from here. The bass is the star throughout the album. Bernard Edwards' playing is sublime and tight. I wasn't expecting the ballads. This leads to the album drifting slightly in the middle. I'd forgotten how fantastic My Forbidden Lover is.

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Sun Jan 07 2024
3

I can’t be the only one who thought this was Led Zeppelin’s “In Through the Out Door” for a split second when it got generated, right? It’s a good thing it wasn’t. This record’s way better.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
2

Thought it was okay but everything sounds the same. Some of the tracks are way too long.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
2

I enjoyed about 3 minutes of good times but after that, there wasn't really much worth listening to.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
2

I liked their sound but the songs were too long and repetitive within each song. I didn't dislike the music, but wasn't especially impressed by anything

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Mon May 16 2022
2

Pretty one note and repeatitive

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Mon May 16 2022
2

Not for intensive listening, meant for clubs etc.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
1

I reviewed the other Chic album and gave it a good mark but why are there two albums that are basically the same? Good times is the best song with Forbidden lover following closely on and the hits but the others are either identical beat with one line repeated for 4 minutes or laid back lovers soul. It's like the 1001 executives rigidly have to fill each genre with the required 20 albums regardless of quality.

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Wed May 26 2021
5

Just testing something else: <a href="https://mastodon.social/explore">surely not</a>

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Nile and co will always get my vote

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Sat Mar 06 2021
5

Oh man, funk and groove galore, I loved this album.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

love love love YESSS funkaay disco monday morning I am feeeeling it

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Sun Feb 07 2021
5

Qué agradable disco, todo este sonido sí me gusta, jajaja, y creo que justo antes de iniciar los 80, ya a poco más de 40 años de su lanzamiento, uno puede apreciar hasta el día de hoy la influencia. Todas las canciones me gustaron bastante, excepto "Will You Cry (When You Hear This Song)". Aunque comparte estilos con C'EST CHIC, se pueden apreciar otras búsquedas acá. Qué risa además el "te quiero" intercalado y el "te quiero... papi" final de "A Warm Summer Night". Una media hora muy buena. 9.5/10.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

Bloody love Chic (and Nile Rodgers). Forbidden Lover and my feet keep dancing are up there with my favourites of theirs. 5/5

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

Short album of absolute bangers

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Fri Aug 06 2021
5

Loved it! Super funky and great with the new setup at home. Amazing to hear the clear line of sight towards the bands that would this album would go on to influence. Definitely putting this one on high rotation.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
5

Интересный гитарный поп в стиле 80-х

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

It is hard to give any album that starts with a full 8-minute version of Good Times anything less than 5 stars. The opener and the other two singles, which are also great, form half of the album. Hence, it follows that \[(4+5)/2=4.5 + \mbox{the perfect sound} = 5 *.\]

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

Нужно послушать)

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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

Så er der sgu dømt dansevenligt disco! Kort og genialt

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

This was thoroughly enjoyable. Soulful, funky, it has it all. Loved it!

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

love this! these are the 70s disco vibes i'm here for! love the instrumentals having orchestral sounds as well as nice drums and guitar, that's one of my favorite things about the genre. Good Times is of course a classic, and I know it so it stands out already, but I enjoyed all the other songs as well!

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

Good Times. Leave your cares behind. Those two lines say it all.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

Disco-soul-funk. Un megahit. Venga, un 5.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

Obviously a core record, designed to make you shake tha bootay

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Tue May 03 2022
5

Good Times!! This is a album full of peak 70's disco boogie funk goodness.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Nile Rodgers is a guitar genius. Most of tbe songs on this album are more or less interchangeable, but he invented the new disco soynd so even though it's not what I would choose to listen to, it deserves 5 stars.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

1979 - Disco; Funk; Soul music; Rhythm and blues; Jazz; Samba

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

Blast from the past! Loved it.

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Sat Aug 20 2022
5

‘Good Times’ with its bassline that gave birth to hip-hop on wax dominates, but ‘Risqué’ is much more than that. Underneath its lush, upbeat, shiny veneer is an album tinged with loss, sadness and despair, layers of sarcasm and cynicism; an album that finds catharsis (or oblivion) through the dancefloor, ultimately transcending its genre and becoming something bigger and deeper than just a mere disco album.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Each song was as funky as the one before. Greatly recommend this song to anyone who is into funk and/or disco

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Great grooves and hooks. Totally a unique sound with the group vocals and strings. Bernard Edwards basslines are super iconic. I like the long instrumental sections of just groove in Goodtimes. The tap dancing section in My Feet Feel like Dancing is cool. Can’t Stand to Love You is so great, probably my favorite song-I wish it were longer!

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Sun Dec 04 2022
5

This album is great. I was nervous when I saw that the first few songs were quite long, but I was grooving and vibing to all the songs. There's some great funk and got me moving in my seat. Really enjoyable album to listen to. Favorite song: Will You Cry (When You Hear This Song) Worst song: N/A

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Mon Dec 05 2022
5

Deserves to be on the list simply for putting down a groove that "inspired" both Rappers Delight and Another One Bites the Dust. All that said, the ballads here are equally impressive. The Edwards/Rogers team was humming at top gear throughout and writing, playing and producing at an extraordinarily high level.

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Mon Dec 19 2022
5

Disco-soul-funk. Un megahit. Venga, un 5.

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Tue Dec 20 2022
5

Nile Rodgers rules. And the album would get a 5/5 for ‘Good Times’ alone. But the fact that so many great songs came from it, like Rapper’s Delight and Rapture makes me want to give it a 6.

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Tue Dec 20 2022
5

I absolutely love Nile Rodgers and have been inspired by him in my own guitar playing. I also absolutely love disco music, but I'd never actually listened to this album in full. It's hard to judge since it opens with one of the most influential songs ever written. Good Times is such a fucking amazing song and influenced an entire genre of music and it opens the album. Everything after that is going to pale in comparison. It's still really good music, but damn is it hard to follow Good Times.

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Sun Jan 01 2023
5

Amazing, groovy, fantastic, definitely listen again

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Fri Jan 13 2023
5

Half of these songs I love, the other half are timeless in nature and are beyond convention. Its strangely positive, its simplicity is spiritual, but takes a strange downward turn to melancholic darkness on the B-side. An amazing record. 4.5 rounded up.

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Sat Jan 28 2023
5

A hidden gem and the kind of album I’m in this project for. Groovy, funky perfection that so well done. Will be coming back.

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Fri Feb 10 2023
5

In a wierd piece of synchronicity, I got this album to listen to on the day a local venue announced Chic are playing an outdoor gig in my town thus July. Snapped up tickets straight away.

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Thu Mar 09 2023
5

This feels like the swan's song of disco ... it was 1979 and disco was losing its popularity. Economic times were hard as well. This album encapsulates the entire genre, and does it so well I can't stop listening to it! Peppy beats but the lyrics are sad. The band is TIGHT. The songwriting is TIGHT. Musical and production skill practically oozes from this album. I love it. 5/5

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Mon Apr 24 2023
5

Oké 1 de muziek is classic 2 die cover is fire yooo....kom maar in die lijst der vijven

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Fri Jul 07 2023
5

Some of the best (and funkiest) pop music ever made.

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Tue Sep 26 2023
5

9/10 yeah, I really like Chic — these folks write hella good music

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Sun Oct 01 2023
5

Wow this album gives us some iconic disco but also has more storyline that I ever noticed before. Listened to this several times today and it just gets better and better.

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Sun Oct 01 2023
5

A delightful dance party. More like this please.

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Sun Oct 01 2023
5

If not for the love of CHIC from my childhood, then this album (that I had never heard before today) probably would have been rated lower. But I could not bring myself to mark anything other than 5.

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Sun Oct 01 2023
5

Clams on the half shell, and roller skates! roller skates! These are the Good Times. What else does a party need? As excited as I was to listen to this album, there are some tedious moments. It gets a tad repetitive for such a short album. Apple Music skipped "A Warm Summer Night" the first time through. When I started playing it my heart kind of sank a little. It's the sort of slow sensuous song that made me ill when I was a kid...and to be honest still does. However, the extended silence at the end of the six minutes of smoldering passion, finishing with an echo-y "te quiero.......papi!" made me laugh out loud and brought me joy. A string section and tap sequence made "My Feet Keep Dancing" my favorite by far. I love the aspirations of the narrator who wants to go to space or play a good game of golf. Side 2 isn't remarkable, but who cares, it's Chic! Yay!

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Wed Oct 11 2023
5

If you are following my reviews, you will note that I tend to like my music and bit raw and noisy, not too polished. But all that goes out the window with Chic, here at the height of their powers. I always keep a couple of Chic singles in my DJ crates, because they are guaranteed floor fillers. I confess that I've never listened to this whole album before. It's disco, but funkier than a lot of disco. The rhythm section are always int he pocket, the orchestrations are classy and compelling, the vocals cool and classy. The whole album is classy, cool, smooth and funky, almost irresistible on the dance floor. This really is peak disco. But the really important track is Good Times. A #1 single in its own right, but the influence is enormous. The bassline is one of the cornerstones of hip hop, sampled a zillion times, most notably in Rapper's Delight. It's a terrific song, and has a massive footprint on musical history. The whole album is pretty schmick and I enjoy it, but really the only track, that you must, must, MUST hear is Good Times. Five stars for that song alone.

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Thu Oct 12 2023
5

Loved this album. It's all about the rhythm, It makes you want to go dancing. Loved Neil Rodgers guitars. "Good Times" is a classic, as well as the rest of the album. Highlight: "My Feet Keep Dancing".

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Wed Oct 18 2023
5

Highlights: Good Times, A Warm Summer Night, My Feet Keep Dancing, My Forbidden Lover, What About Me Chic saw the disco they pioneered be debased into parody and had to show the world once again how to do it right. A great, yet unfortunately timed swan song to the disco era, as the infamous demolition night occurred literally 2 weeks prior to the album's release. Admittedly not too experienced with the genre (and funk/soul), but I can't really find any major flaws here so I'm feeling the good times.

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Fri Oct 27 2023
5

Aww fuck yessssss. So funky.

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Fri Dec 01 2023
5

Not much to say here other than this is three of the finest musicians in the world at the top of their game. Their sound is surely one of the most influential ever.

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Sun Jan 07 2024
5

It's not as good as C'est Chic. But it is still brilliant. You can see the line through this to their work with Diana Ross in the 80s. Everything they did was brilliant really.

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Sun Jan 14 2024
5

Great! Love this album. An old favorite

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Fri Feb 02 2024
5

I can hear this title just by seeing it

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Sat Feb 24 2024
5

Millions of listens, millions of grooves. Thank you

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Mon Feb 26 2024
5

Absolutely fantastic. Still have the album press aswell as in digital form. Anything that Nile Rodgers produces can't be bad.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Aw hell yeah... soon as I heard the first little riff I knew I was gonna like it. I think I need to admit that I really, really like disco haha. edit: the ballad-y songs are kinda bland, should be all upbeat numbers like the first one. 4/5 cause they're not all bangers.

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Some really lush tracks on this album, that's the best way I can describe it. I liked it a lot more than the other CHIC album I listened to.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

Törkysen kova. Levy miltä löytyy oma top5 bassoriffi. Say. No. More.

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