Release Date: Feb 17, 2004
Record label: Vice
Genre(s): Indie, Electronic
The beats buzz and the snarky sensuality tickles, even if Pee Thug and Dave swear they don't want it to. Chromeo's She's in Control is dirty late-night fun simply because it has fun. It begins abruptly with the distorted synth pop update "Me & My Man." "This is the new sound" (it's not), "We came to get down" (they did), "Our name is Chromeo" (it is), "And we are in control" (that's up to you) -- it's only the first few measures of the album, and the duo has already established its tongue-in-your-cheek take on merging both the questionable and the cool from genres past into its own peach fuzz-and-ascot come-on.
Chromeo comes along to join the ranks of the 1980s revivalists, but, as with any comparison to the music of an entire decade, that statement requires some heavy qualifications. She’s in Control, their debut album, has all the elements that fans of electroclash™ would have loved about music in the ’80s, were they old enough to remember: drum machines (one per track), analog synths (similarly omnipresent), a talkbox (used on all but one track), and a guitar part on “Destination: Overdrive” that’s a dead ringer for Survivor’s lone contribution to the art world – the hook from “Eye of the Tiger. ” Not everything is as it would have been in 1983, however; the drum machine is just a little bit louder, the bass just a little more prominent.