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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Chromeo
She's in Control
Vice Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Released just three days after Valentine's Day, She's in Control is all about the ups and downs of love, and, frankly, nobody does a love song quite like Chromeo. Pee and Dave One sing of love in spite of a girl's neediness ("Needy Girl"), hopes for a future relationship ("Woman Friend"), and various other situations related to l'amour.

Two best friends from Montreal, Dave One and Pee are Chromeo, and their sound is like nothing released in the past 15 years. Taking cues from the likes of Prince, Cameo, and Hall and Oates, Chromeo's sound is reminiscent of the height of pop music's decadence. With Van Halen-esque guitar riffs (see "She'z N Control"), talk-box vocals ("Woman Friend"), and lyrics like "Ah oui! Let's dance!" ("Ah Oui Comme Ça"), Chromeo is clearly harkening back to another age, one where men could get numbers by asking "What's your sign?" and elementary schools were filled with little girls in pink leggings singing "Borderline." Dave One and Pee are clearly serious about the music they make, a fact that seems somewhat impossible not to notice in the sheer musical skill found within the confines of She's in Control, despite what any jaded, irony-obsessed hipster might tell you.

The beats are flawless; each song is catchy and dance worthy as the next; without doubt, She's in Control will be one of the most enjoyable listens any pop connoisseur (or really anyone, for that matter) will get a chance to hear this year; it will make you want to love and be loved, and you can't ask for much more than that.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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