10 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The first Chic album in 26 years kicks off with “Till the World Falls,” featuring the line, “The world has gone mad/We might be safer on the dance floor.” “If this were a film—and that’s how I look at albums—you get plot points,” Nile Rodgers tells Apple Music. “Plot point one is that, right now, the world is not the loving, wonderful place I thought it would be by the year 2018, so the lyrics are semi-apocalyptic.” But don’t panic: Despite battling cancer for much of the past decade, the high priest of dance music hasn't gone maudlin on us; tough times are all the more reason to be jubilant. “Fun is always at the heart of everything I do,” he says. “And we had nothing but fun making this record. Nothing has been a drag.”

This agile fusion of funk, disco, and R&B owes its cross-Atlantic cast list to its author’s fondness for a certain iconic studio. “It started out with Anderson .Paak calling me, and he didn’t know that I had Abbey Road sort of on lockdown,” he says. .Paak was promptly sequestered to West London, with Bruno Mars soon joining them. “Then I started thinking, ‘Well, I’m in the UK—why not work with British artists?'"

And so, here you find a regal Lady Gaga turn (“I Want Your Love”) nestled up against East London funk/soul up-and-comer NAO accessing her inner disco queen on “Boogie All Night.” “I love NAO’s voice,” Rodgers says. “It’s so unique and so special. I would start singing notes at her and she’d look at me like I’m crazy. Any riff or any idea I would throw at her, she wound up being down.” As a whole, the album is an unashamed, totally irresistible example of what he has built his storied career on: celebration. “If I wasn’t learning and having a good time, I wouldn’t do it,” he says. “My history is already written. I do this, really, because I love it.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

The first Chic album in 26 years kicks off with “Till the World Falls,” featuring the line, “The world has gone mad/We might be safer on the dance floor.” “If this were a film—and that’s how I look at albums—you get plot points,” Nile Rodgers tells Apple Music. “Plot point one is that, right now, the world is not the loving, wonderful place I thought it would be by the year 2018, so the lyrics are semi-apocalyptic.” But don’t panic: Despite battling cancer for much of the past decade, the high priest of dance music hasn't gone maudlin on us; tough times are all the more reason to be jubilant. “Fun is always at the heart of everything I do,” he says. “And we had nothing but fun making this record. Nothing has been a drag.”

This agile fusion of funk, disco, and R&B owes its cross-Atlantic cast list to its author’s fondness for a certain iconic studio. “It started out with Anderson .Paak calling me, and he didn’t know that I had Abbey Road sort of on lockdown,” he says. .Paak was promptly sequestered to West London, with Bruno Mars soon joining them. “Then I started thinking, ‘Well, I’m in the UK—why not work with British artists?'"

And so, here you find a regal Lady Gaga turn (“I Want Your Love”) nestled up against East London funk/soul up-and-comer NAO accessing her inner disco queen on “Boogie All Night.” “I love NAO’s voice,” Rodgers says. “It’s so unique and so special. I would start singing notes at her and she’d look at me like I’m crazy. Any riff or any idea I would throw at her, she wound up being down.” As a whole, the album is an unashamed, totally irresistible example of what he has built his storied career on: celebration. “If I wasn’t learning and having a good time, I wouldn’t do it,” he says. “My history is already written. I do this, really, because I love it.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

sowhatyouwilllive ,

Disappointing

Highlights: State of Mine, I Want Your Love
Lowlights: Pretty much everything else is unremarkable and generic. Way too many collaborations here. Not the Chic album I was hoping for.
Also, what happened to I'll Be There? That song is better than any of these songs besides IWYL.

ColumbusMike2013 ,

I'll pass on this one

'State Of Mind' is the only thing that reminds me of CHIC; the rest of this album is noisy collaborations. I know things change, but this just sounds like any other pop album. And there's one song that has explicit lyrics? Why? 'CHIC-ISM' was and is the better effort. Listen to that if you want that CHIC sound

REEENO ,

Nile! What the hell are you doing with this?

This album makes "CHIC Mistique" seem like a masterpiece!!
Nile most likely took some bad advice from his manager this time around and attempted to go completely top 40 pop crap, complete with crap pop vocalists.

Why are most of my musical heroes completely dropping the ball these days?

The only decent thing on the album is "State of Mine", and it's an INSTRUMENTAL! (a great one at that)

Please do an extended mix of THAT song and put it on a 12" for us, you can keep the rest.

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