Business Casual (Chromeo album)

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Business Casual
Studio album by Chromeo
Released September 14, 2010 (2010-09-14)
Studio
Genre
Length 39:35
Label
Producer Chromeo
Chromeo chronology
Fancy Footwork
(2007)
Business Casual
(2010)
White Women
(2014)
Singles from Business Casual
  1. "Night by Night"
    Released: September 22, 2009 (2009-09-22)
  2. "Don't Turn the Lights On"
    Released: June 28, 2010 (2010-06-28)
  3. "Hot Mess"
    Released: January 7, 2011 (2011-01-07)
  4. "When the Night Falls"
    Released: July 25, 2011 (2011-07-25)

Business Casual is the third studio album by Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo, released on September 14, 2010 by Last Gang Records and Turbo Recordings. The album is Chromeo's major-label debut, following the duo's signing to Atlantic Records.[1] Upon its release, Business Casual was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. Four singles were released from the album: "Night by Night", "Don't Turn the Lights On", "Hot Mess", and "When the Night Falls".

Promotion[edit]

The album's lead single, "Night by Night", was released on September 22, 2009 as a free download through Green Label Sound, a Mountain Dew-sponsored record label.[2] The Jérémie Rozan-directed music video, which was also funded by Mountain Dew,[3] was filmed at a warehouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.[4] Chromeo performed "Night by Night" on Late Show with David Letterman on September 20, 2010.[5]

"Don't Turn the Lights On" was released on June 28, 2010 as the second single Business Casual,[6] and its music video was directed by Keith Schofield.[7]

"Hot Mess" served as the album's third single. An alternative version of the song featuring Elly Jackson of La Roux was released in the United Kingdom on February 7, 2011,[8] while the original album version was released in the United States on February 15 and in Canada on March 1.[9][10] The accompanying video, directed by Jérémie Rozan,[11] was shot in Dumbo, Brooklyn.[12] The duo performed "Hot Mess" on Conan on February 21, 2011.[13]

"When the Night Falls" was released on July 25, 2011 as the album's fourth and final single.[14] The song's video was directed by Daniels and features Solange Knowles,[15] who also provides additional vocals for the track.[16]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 68/100[17]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[18]
The A.V. Club B+[19]
Entertainment Weekly B[20]
NME 6/10[21]
Now 2/5[22]
Pitchfork Media 6.9/10[23]
PopMatters 7/10[24]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[25]
Spin 7/10[26]
URB 4/5 stars[27]

Business Casual received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 68, based on 19 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[17] Simon Vozick-Levinson of Entertainment Weekly wrote that despite the duo's major-label deal, "[o]n Business Casual they remain adept students of the Hall & Oates school of hooks, which they surround with gleaming synth grooves and robotic talkbox solos that recall '80s funk masters like Zapp & Roger."[20] Chris Martins of The A.V. Club stated that the album "opens with a powerful three-part salvo crafted for maximum dance-floor penetration. [...] But as the album progresses, an unexpected soulfulness emerges".[19] Anupa Mistry of URB remarked, "The defining thread running through Chromeo's body of work is earnestness: you might scoff at the Lothario-obsession, the legs on display in the artwork, the almost-religious adherence to '80s stylistics, but in the end you either have to a) give it up for their studiousness, or b) just dance."[27] Marc Hogan of Spin opined that Business Casual '​s "libidinous wit can't quite match 2007's Fancy Footwork, but this day at the office still features booty calls, romantic squabbles, and digitally syrupy declarations of devotion."[26]

Slant Magazine's Jesse Cataldo found the album to be "transparent and tacky enough that its not becoming insufferable is a triumph in itself. Its earnestness, and the enthusiasm which it presents its reconstituted '80s sounds, is even lovable."[25] AJ Ramirez of PopMatters felt that "Chromeo still won't win any points for originally or distinctiveness", but noted, "For the majority of its runtime, Business Casual booms with the allure of a greatest hits collection, and actually stands as a more consistent work than the full-length efforts of many of Chromeo's influences."[24] AllMusic's Jason Lymangrover commented that the album has "the typically synth-suave electro-funk jams [...] As the album progresses, though, [the duo] dig[s] deeper into crates for cheesy inspiration, and you can hear glimmers of Rockwell, Lionel Richie, Oran Juice, and even The Kids from Fame TV series."[18] Pitchfork Media's Larry Fitzmaurice suggested that the album's "most successful moments are the result of genre-related leg-stretching", adding that "the record is a unique situation, as it represents Chromeo's growth as master arrangers and producers, despite feeling like a step backwards in overall quality."[23] Kevin Ritchie of Now concluded that "Business Casual has a few bangers, but over the course of an album, the synth soloing gets old fast. Still, while we wait for a pop saviour to take the genre forward, Chromeo provide a nice enough tribute to its past."[22] In a review for the NME, Mike Williams expressed that "Cassius man Phillippe Zdar's production is a deluxe weave of dreamy synths, biting snares, throbbing bass and warbly Vocoders, but it feels as if Chromeo are just doodling knobs over the top."[21]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Chromeo

No. Title Length
1. "Hot Mess"   3:40
2. "I'm Not Contagious"   3:39
3. "Night by Night"   3:47
4. "Don't Turn the Lights On"   4:33
5. "You Make It Rough"   7:18
6. "When the Night Falls"   3:45
7. "Don't Walk Away"   3:31
8. "J'ai claqué la porte"   2:26
9. "The Right Type"   3:54
10. "Grow Up"   3:02

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Business Casual.[16]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australian Dance Albums Chart[33] 20
Canadian Albums Chart[34] 44
UK Albums Chart[35] 151
UK Indie Albums Chart[36] 18
US Billboard 200[37] 70
US Dance/Electronic Albums[38] 4

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Edition Label Ref.
Canada September 14, 2010
  • Standard
  • deluxe
[30][39][40][41]
United States [31][42][43][44]
LP Standard [45]
Japan Digital download KSR [46]
September 15, 2010 CD + DVD [47]
Australia September 17, 2010
  • CD
  • digital download
Modular [48][49]
Germany !K7 [50][51]
France September 21, 2010 Digital download [52]
United Kingdom September 26, 2010 Back Yard [53]
September 27, 2010 CD [54]
France October 13, 2010 !K7 [55]
Canada November 16, 2010 LP
  • Last Gang
  • Turbo
[56]
United Kingdom February 6, 2011 Digital download Deluxe Back Yard [32]

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