Album #437 – Risque

Album #437

Chic’s third album, Risque, continues the legendary sound present on their previous album, C’est Chic, and also continues the use of French words for the album’s title. Risque features Chic’s most accomplished song, Good Times. The most notable part of the song is the bass line, which has been sampled several times and used as the inspiration for countless more. Blondie’s Rapture, Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight, Captain Sensible’s Wot and Queen’s Another One Bites The Dust have all taken influence from or sampled the bass line of Good Times. The rest of the album was mostly ballads and love songs. On thing I have noticed with Chic’s songs are that the title of the song is always repeated and almost always sung at the beginning of the song. I’m not sure why this is but, it is definitely a trademark. I liked C’est Chic a bit better but, with their style of disco, you can’t go wrong. Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers would go on to produce for Diana Ross and many others during the 80’s. It was their funky approach that helped shape R&B in the next decade and beyond. Other Highlights include: My Feet Keep Dancing, My Forbidden Lover, Can’t Stand To Love You and Will You Cry (When You Hear This Song). Overall, I give Risque, 4 out of 5.

Next: The Undertones’ self-titled debut

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