Album #423 – C’est Chic

Album #423

Chic were a force to be reckoned with in the late 70’s.  Their fusion of disco and funk made them popular with fans of all kinds of music and influenced a generation. Their riffs have been used by rappers and rockers alike. C’est Chic features their first big hit, Freak Out, a staple of hockey games to this day. The song went to #1 and helped popularize disco in the process. The brains behind Chic are not their female lead singers but Bassist Bernard Edwards and guitarist Nile Rodgers. Rodgers has gone on to produce albums for David Bowie and the Thompson Twins, among others. Chic’s songs are more about the groove and less about the lyrics, which on many of the tracks on this album, repeat themselves over and over. But, despite this, C’est Chic will put anyone in a good mood. Surprisingly, there are also mellow, lush songs like Savoir Faire and At Last I Am Free, which balance the upbeat tracks. I dug this album because, Rodgers and Edwards knew how to make catchy songs that you could not only dance to but, appreciate disco.  Other highlights include: Chic Cheer, Happy Man, Sometimes You Win and (Funny) Bone. Overall, I give C’est Chic, 4.5 out of 5.

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