Business Casual (Chromeo album)

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Business Casual
Studio album by Chromeo
Released September 13, 2010 (2010-09-13)
Recorded Clinton Recording Studios (Manhattan)
Endangered Species, Masterkut (Montreal)
Metrosonic Studios (Brooklyn)
The Studio (Philadelphia)
Genre Electro-funk, disco
Length 39:35
Label Last Gang, Turbo
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
  2. "Don't Turn the Lights On"
    Released: June 25, 2010
  3. "Hot Mess"
    Released: January 17, 2011
  4. "When the Night Falls"
    Released: August 9, 2011

Business Casual is the third studio album by Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo, released on September 13, 2010 by Last Gang Records and Turbo Recordings.

Promotion[edit]

Chromeo performed the album's lead single, "Night by Night", on the September 20, 2010 edition of Late Show with David Letterman. The second single, "Don't Turn the Lights On", is featured in the video games FIFA 11 (2010) and DiRT 3 (2011). Chromeo performed the album's third single, "Hot Mess", on Conan on February 22, 2011.

Four music videos were shot for the singles "Night by Night", "Hot Mess" (both directed by Surface2Air), "Don't Turn the Lights On" (directed by Keith Schofield), and "When the Night Falls" (directed by Daniels).

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 68/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club B+[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
NME 6/10[5]
Now 2/5[6]
Pitchfork Media 6.9/10[7]
PopMatters 7/10[8]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[9]
Spin 7/10[10]
URB 4/5 stars[11]
"theneedledrop" 9/10[12]

Business Casual received positive reviews from most music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized 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".[1] Entertainment Weekly's Simon Vozick-Levinson graded the album a B, writing that despite the duo's major-label deal, "on 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."[4] The A.V. Club's Chris Martins stated the album "opens with a powerful three-part salvo crafted for maximum dance-floor penetration", but "as the album progresses, an unexpected soulfulness emerges".[3] According to Anupa Mistry of URB, "[t]he 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."[11] Slant Magazine's Jesse Cataldo gave the album three-and-a-half out of five stars, calling it "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." Cataldo concluded that on Business Casual, the duo "presented lovingly whole and intact, without irony, as keystones to be cherished and admired.".[9] Anthony Fantano was more appreciative of the album, scoring it 9/10 [12]

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."[10] AJ Ramirez of PopMatters felt that "Chromeo still won't win any points for originally or distinctiveness", but noted that "[f]or 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."[8] Jason Lymangrover of Allmusic gave the album three out of five stars, commenting it has "the typically synth-suave electro-funk jams [...] As the album progresses, though, [the duo] dig 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."[2] Pitchfork Media's Larry Fitzmaurice claimed 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."[7] 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."[6] 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."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Chromeo. 

No. Title Length
1. "Hot Mess" (featuring Kesh) 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" (featuring Solange Knowles) 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 Business Casual album liner notes.[17]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australian Dance Albums Chart[18] 20
Canadian Albums Chart[19] 44
UK Albums Chart[20] 151
US Billboard 200[21] 70
US Dance/Electronic Albums[21] 4

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format(s)
United States[22][23][24] September 13, 2010 Big Beat Records, Atlantic Records Digital download
September 14, 2010 CD, LP
Canada[25][26] Last Gang Records, Turbo Recordings CD, digital download
Japan[27][28] KSR Digital download
September 15, 2010 CD+DVD
Canada[29] September 16, 2010 Last Gang Records, Turbo Recordings LP
Australia[30][31] September 17, 2010 Modular Recordings CD, digital download
Germany[32][33] Studio !K7
France[34] Digital download
United Kingdom[35][36] September 26, 2010 Back Yard Recordings
September 27, 2010 CD
France[37] October 13, 2010 Studio !K7
United Kingdom[16] February 6, 2011 Back Yard Recordings Digital download (deluxe)

References[edit]

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