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C'est Chic

CHIC

1978

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C'est Chic
Album Summary

C'est Chic is the second studio album by American R&B band Chic, released on Atlantic Records in 1978.

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3.37

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Genres
Funk
Soul

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

“C’est Chic” by Chic (1978) R&B/early disco, with lyrics basically consisting of “I want you, baby; Let’s dance!” and other inane dance club pickup lines. But the music is very well done, if you can get past the New York City Club 54 pretentiousness. Excellent lilting bass and feathery guitar, if somewhat excessively repetitive. “Savoir Faire” displays some nice rhythmic variations, and fine jazz lead guitar solo. This track is really the highlight of the album. This album makes me want to dance, but it’s 5:37am, and I got nobody. Overall, good. 3/5

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Sun May 16 2021
2

Can't deny the instrumentation is good and there's obviously a few classics but every song also felt like it was 10 minutes too long.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
5

Amazing. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve owned this for like 7 years, and I have somehow never listened to it front to back. This is what I imagine heaven sounds like. On the B side, I stood up on three separate occasions b/c I thought that the song was so good, that it must be their grand finale. Every time there was an even better song waiting in the wings

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

this one i get it. list of 1000 albums? sure, it makes the cut.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
5

Classic disco album, great for getting up and dancing to and singing along to.

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Tue May 04 2021
5

If I didn't give this album five stars, you would know I had been kidnapped and forced to give a different vote. I sometimes like to play Chic or edits of Chic in my dj sets and the impact they have had on disco with this album is insane. I have had the pleasure of seeing them live, and I will say this listen brought back happy memories. Thank you Rodgers and Edwards

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Wed Jul 12 2023
3

Classic disco record. Fun, catchy tunes, great production, killer bass and guitars here and there. Le Freak is great. At the same time, there are repetitive, easily consumable songs that are often longer than they should be.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

Legendary disco album. Bernard Edwards <3

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Tue Nov 21 2023
3

It's good fun to listen to, nice and funky. It's always cool to hear these classic albums and find songs you've always known about but never known the name or artist (Le Freak), or songs that have been sampled elsewhere (Chic Cheer). Doesn't blow me away though, but i'm not mad about getting it.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
2

Good dance album, not really much going for it other than that. A lot of the songs tend to drag on and are pretty one dimensional. My least favorite of the albums I've listened to so far. Favorite Tracks: Happy Man, Sometimes You Win

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Sat Mar 23 2024
2

Why everyone, before they die, should spend what felt like 20 minutes listening to a lady repeating "I can hardly see what's in front of me" in a dramatic voice is insane to me. I guess it's a decent dance album, but every track is double the length it needed to be, and absolutely nothing happens or evolves.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

Yasssss bitch C'est chic la Disco. Ca groove en sequin dress dans la cuisine!!!

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Mon May 31 2021
5

One of the few albums on this list that I’ve felt compelled to listen to twice in a row. A great disco album altogether, though it could benefit from slightly more experimentation or variation. 9

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Chic. Nile Rogers. Excellent.

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Tue May 02 2023
5

Accidentally listened to this on repeat all night and enjoyed it the whole time, good stuff

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Thu Nov 16 2023
4

The first song was unbearable - but the everything past that was surprisingly enjoyable. Didn’t think it would catch my attention like it did. I may listen to it again.

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Sat Feb 10 2024
4

I wasn't familiar with CHIC until this listen, aside from obviously being familiar with guitarist, and band co-founder, Nile Rodgers, and the song "Le Freak". I haven't listened to "Le Freak" in its entirety but after hearing it now, it's quite the elegant disco track. Pristine mixing, ear-wormy vocals, and glammy strings partnered with a killer groove, it's everything I wanted from a record like this. I guess all that applies to most of this album, there were quite a handful of highlights. "Savoir Faire" is an outright gorgeous instrumental track that encapsulates a blissful city-night feeling in its repetitive, yet continuously enjoyable 5-minute run time. "I Want Your Love" sparks a similar feeling within me with a particularly enjoyable outro. I also generally love the vocals on this album, mostly performed by Alfa Anderson. My favorite would be the vocal melody on "At Last I am Free" about being so free that you can't even see it in front of you. That particular melody repeats throughout the entire second half of the song before slowly fading out; it's beautiful. "Sometimes You Win" is a particularly wholesome track lyrically speaking. Overall, the formula on all these songs is very similar; thick basslines, plucked rhythm guitar, string segments, light piano, and emotive lead vocals. I personally really enjoy this formula and it makes me wonder why Disco gets such a bad rep, perhaps it gets repetitive but in its nearly 40-minute runtime, I never really felt that way (aside from maybe the subpar closer). This is a wholesome album that's very spacious and manages to be patient while still filling out the entirety of its sonic space with gorgeous instruments. I haven't listened to much 70s disco but this feels like a gold standard for the genre. It's an album you can just lay back to and breathe for a bit. 8/10

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Tue Feb 13 2024
4

One thing I'd like to note right out of the gate is how nice this record is produced. At least through my headphones, the bass is some of the best I've heard. You can hear the spring of the strings clear as day. Gorgeous, and really adds a lot to the music. That being said, sometimes the tracks can drag a little, but I think they're mostly made to dance to, and not to be as focused, critically, as I am on them. A few are also slightly interchangeable, sound-wise. Still, good, funky, fun. Favorite tracks: "I Want Your Love", "Sometimes You Win", "(Funny) Bone"

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Mon Apr 08 2024
4

Album still sounds amazing and apparently it has the foundational grooves that all of hip hop is based on?

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Tue Jan 19 2021
3

Le freak kennig Flowig insgesamt

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Meh. Disco doesn't bother me but it's not usually very memorable, either.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

Excellent funky disco. No skippers on the album, just good danceable vibes.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Escuchar este álbum fue como estar en una fiesta (de tema retro, por supuesto). Si con Neil Young pasé por una escucha llena de tristeza, C'est Chic fue lo contrario: ritmos y melodías alegres, incluso en sus momentos más suaves, como "Sometimes You Win", "At Last I'm Free" y esa especie de interlude que es "Savoir Faire". De repente es meloso, pero se oye todo muy bien. Los bajos son muy buenos y las voces siempre quedan, además "Le Freak" es un rolón. El cierre del disco justamente asemeja a cuando dejas una fiesta y se oye el barullo, las risas a lo lejos... Quizá el único contra es que de repente se vuelve monótono, pero muy leve, no es un gran problema. 9.5/10

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

9/10 Muy bonito todos lo saben

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

C’est Chic. C’est magnafique.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

Just what the Dr ordered. Also appreciated the instrumentality

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Sun May 16 2021
5

Glamuroso y majestuoso, el funky más elegante del mundo. Arreglos con estilo que suenan actuales aún y Nile Rodgers sublimando la guitarra. Espectacular

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

Soft musical vocals with clean acoustic music are an amazing fusion for relaxation.

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Tue May 18 2021
5

The aesthetic of this album is so beautiful. It has a rich old-school sound that is just timeless. Definitely will be relistening.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

FUNKY AND FRESH! I feel like I am playing DDR in my mind.

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Classic disco and funk from CHIC, nothing more to say than every song is fantastic

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

A funky and fun listen. Everybody has heard le freak before. Favourite track is savoir faire for sure, that guitar is fantastic.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
5

Got to give this five stars, so nice to listen to this properly.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
5

Oh ho ho ho ho. Oi oi. Oh la la. Feel the sex running through your thighs.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

A truly diamond disco record

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Wed Oct 20 2021
5

Majestic. From Nile Rodgers' signature guitar riffs glittering all over the show, to the funky driving basslines, this is one of THE disco classic albums.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

Great band of the '70. If you like this youd like earth wind & fire, Commodores, Koll & the gang

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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

Funky. Makes you wanna dance along.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

You gotta love this. If you love disco as much as I do. It's like it never ages. "Le Freak" and "I Want Your Love" are still found on party playlists in 2022 and it doesen't feel out of place at all. Love this stuff. This stuff I hadn't heard was great too.

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Sat Mar 26 2022
5

So smooth and enjoyable to listen to. Love the way each track builds the elements.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
5

Super good, I think really like disco.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

Let’s Gooooo! This is a party. Sexy, danceable, smooth, fun. Even the slow jams were good.

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

The is everything I want in a pop album. Fresh, funky and catchy as f#@k. Nice knew what he was doing.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

If I were at a party, I wouldn't mind if this album played for five hours straight. Listening to it at home does not feel like the proper setup, but still, it makes me wonder what would be of music as we know it today if it weren't for Nile Rodgers. Overall good, but gets a bump up for being so influential.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

Chic Cheer is a bold start Savoir Faire is an incredible instrumental jam Bangers: Le Freak, I Want Your Love, and Sometimes You Win 20+ musicians on this album all just nailin the vibe Nile Rodgers is a legend At Last I am Free is beautiful and amazing Sneaky Luther Vandross No skips

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Sun Aug 14 2022
5

If every R'n'B album would be like 'C'est Chic', then I would be the biggest fan ever of the genre. I am honestly in love with the bass line, the groovy rhythm and the wonderful vocals, rounding up the whole experience into an ultimate party. I think this is the first time I am essentially speechless, beacuse of how much this album surprised me. It's really hard to pinpoint any low moments on the album. There are two groups, that you can divide the songs into: - great songs - wonderful songs. The best way to describe how much I liked it - vinyl is on the way. Most deserved 5 stars yet.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

5 Fun fact about me: I’m a bigger disco fan than I let on. There’s something about the cliché guitar patterns and orchestras and funnnnky bass lines that I love. This would be workout music for me, if I was the type of person that took proper care of themselves. It’s uptempo, it’s iconic, and so sleek and cool. The songs run a little long but even then I couldn’t stop dancing. I was prepared to listen for as long as it would go. I can just imagine myself doing chores listening to this album and having an absolute blast. I definitely didn’t care for the repeated overuse of the band name as lyrics, I’ve always found that lame no matter who does it. The tender but skillful instrumentals were a welcome surprise too. All in all this was a really fun listen that I will absolutely listen to again. Favorites: Chic Cheer, Le Freak, Savior Faire, Happy Man, Sometimes You Win,(Funny) Bone

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Brings back the memories from my youth!

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Had no idea this album was the origin of the disco anthem Le Freak. Some very strong guitar rhythm.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Okay. So, apparently everything Nile Rodgers touches turns to gold. That guitar sound! Wow.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

this was my introduction to chic — i found it really fun! lots of great instrumentation, i didn’t really focus on the lyrics so i don’t know what those say.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
5

Was gonna go 4.5 and then listened to 'I Want Your Love' again in my car at top volume on my way to work. 5

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

Chic struck gold with their 2nd record. So groovy and funky and a great representation of the way music was moving at the time. Right at the peak of Disco but the record still has a lot of R&B and Funk, so much so that the genre title of disco seems to be a product of the year it was released. The whole record really makes you want to get up and dance along and at no point does it ever drag. Such a fun record. Favorite Track: Le Freak, I Want Your Love Least Favorite Track: Savoir Faire

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

This has been a favorite of mine for a very, very long time. Still, it’s illuminating to listen to it with fresh ears today from start to finish. They didn’t have to ask for the favor in Chic Cheer: “If you don’t mind, would ya, please? Get up off of your seat and repeat Chic Chic Chic Chic Chic Chic…” I’m way ahead of you. When I put this on the headphones I floated away on disco clouds powered by groovy guitars, cool bass lines, glittering pianos and gorgeous vocal harmonies. C’est Chic is perfection. I could stay here all week.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

I love being able to identify a band by its bass player. This is good good fun. Danceable and soulful and a punch of nostalgia. Just great.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

So much fun! So much dancing! Give me more!!

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

C’est Chic was an absolute vibe, whole album is great. Favorite might be Happy Man.

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

Big groove, also most of these song were remixed in disco house songs and I love it. 4.5 / 5

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Thu Dec 01 2022
5

Magic, bliss and loads of groove! Highlights: Le Freak, Savoir Faire, I Want Your Love, At Last I Am Free

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Wed Dec 21 2022
5

Really cool. Made me stand up and dance on several occasions. Actually made me bake as well.

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Tue Dec 27 2022
5

Ultimate party album to keep things moving in the right direction. Don't even mind some of the long track run times

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Wed Nov 30 2022
5

Timeless album. It is purely filled with intimacy, love, happiness and tremendous groove. Whether you want to dance or make love - just pick this record and play it loud.

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Thu Jan 12 2023
5

Disco tunes that got me a agroovin :)

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Fri Jan 20 2023
5

9/10 - really loved this there’s some really great disco stuff here

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Wed Jan 25 2023
5

This album has so many bangers that it’s a shame everyone only puts Le Freak on repeat.

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Thu Feb 16 2023
5

"C'est Chic" is the second studio album by American R&B band Chic. The music genre isclassified as disco, funk and R&B. I'd add a little bit of jazz too. It was produced by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards and was their most successful album peaking at #4 in the US and #2 in the UK. A crowd cheer and horns open "Chic Cheer." The groove sets in. Nile Rodgers' guitar and Bernard Edwards' deep bass. The whole band and others are singing a repeated "Chic, Chic." Let's party! Awwwwww..Freak Out and we're off with "Le Freak." Now this would be at the very top of my list if you had me name a disco song. Great production with the groove, horn and strings. "Savoir Faire" is lush with strings. A prominent bass. I would categorize this as jazz with the guitar. And a guitar jam too. The familiar bells, horns and bass announce their second big single "I Want Your Love." Smooth. The much-copied "scratchy" Niles Rodgers' guitar. Alfa Anderson killing it on the vocals repeating "I Want Your Love." Almost a Sister Sledge song. A great deeper cut is "At Last I Am Free." This is slower, a ballad, with strings and piano. One of the best songs on the album. The album ends similar to how it began with crowd noise on the mostly instrumental "(Funny (Bone)." A disco/R&B jam. There's disco. There's what I would call R&B nowadays. There's a ballad. There's a jazz song. There's the much copied Nile Rodgers' guitar sound. The songs are in the five to minute range and most of the songs get a great groove going. There's a lot to like here.

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Thu Feb 16 2023
5

Simple, deceptively easy. Great record.

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Sun Mar 05 2023
5

This is such a fun album. I didn’t realize how much of the music I grew up with used samples from C’est Chic. I don’t really know what I was expecting walking in, but I loved how varied the songs were. I think I figured it’d be very lyrical and vocal, but was surprised to find instrumental tracks. Even vocal heavy songs give a lot of room for instrumental expression.

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Thu Mar 09 2023
5

Riding the shimmering cosmic groove on a sea of funk. Disco perfection.

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Thu Mar 23 2023
5

Nile & Bernard were badasses. I’m not a disco fan, but I’ll always listen to Chic!!

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