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"Doin' That Thing to Me" contains a reference to the mythological wizard Merlin in its lyrics. By some strange twist of nature, mythology was certainly at work when those reviewing Chic-Ism on its release in 1992 dismissed it purely because Chic were old hats. In actuality, the worst thing about it is the cover. Chic-Ism certainly isn't likely to make album of the century listings, but as Chic albums go, it's fine if a tad '80s, which is to be expected as it was recorded only two years into the '90s. What were critics expecting of Chic — synthesizers à la Kraftwerk? Kicking in with the infectious "Chic Mystique," a little too long at six and a half minutes, it's pretty much business as usual. This leads into "Your Love" and "Jusagroove," both keeping pace before slowing down for "One and Only One." "In It to Win It" is a perfect update of their New York disco-funk style, a recipe that bands like the Brand New Heavies emulated in later years. The last stretch of the album includes "High," a beauty that is close enough a slowed down "Good Times." "MMFTCF (Make My Funk the Chic Funk)" and a better edited reprise of "Mystique" conclude.

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Bernard Edwards with Chic before his untimely death. No other reason to listen needed.

Greatest Comeback Album!!!

This album was SO UNDERRATED!! This was Chic's GREATEST Comeback and last short lived popular album. With the right marketing, this would have been a #1 Hit if the music industry at the time wasn't playing favorites with 90's Hip-Hop.

I bought this when it first came out. Not only was this a DANCE record, this was one of the greatest genre mixed albums of that year featuring a fusion of 70's Disco with 80's Funk & Soul and 90's Hip Hop & House. You hear ALL OF THESE Genre's on 1 ALBUM!

I Have All of the Remix Singles from this album, which were only 2: Chic Mystique and Your Love (should have been more singles). And, every song on that album was potential HITS, with the exception of 1..lol. Overall, this album is a MUST BUY for REAL Musicians and Real music lovers.. :)

Biography

Formed: 1977 in New York, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

There can be little argument that Chic was disco's greatest band; and, working in a heavily producer-dominated field, they were most definitely a band. By the time Chic appeared in the late '70s, disco was already slipping into the excess that eventually caused its downfall. Chic bucked the trend by stripping disco's sound down to its basic elements; their funky, stylish grooves had an organic sense of interplay that was missing from many of their overproduced competitors. Chic's sound was anchored...
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