11 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the stranger stories in the music biz, the group Chester French first formed at Harvard University in 2003. It was originally a five-man pop group that called its style "gentlemen rock." The band released the EP (First Love), which it performed tracks from on the street in Boston. Soon enough, Chester French trimmed down to just two guys—D.A. Wallach and Maxwell Drummey—and polished up its production skills and multi-genre influences. The fast-rising duo was soon courted by both Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, whose Star Trak label won the bidding war. Chester French's first album, Love the Future, was released in 2009 and earned the duo lot of press, TV appearances, and tour slots with groups like Fall Out Boy and Blink 182. On Music 4 Tngrs, Chester French serves up another batch of ultra-catchy modern pop anthems, full of sing-along choruses and diverse instrumentation. Pusha T and Pharrell lend a hand on "Next Big Thing," and Travis Parker contributes to two tracks. But for the most part it's all Chester French, making exactly what the title suggests. Check out "Female Version" and the single "Black Girls."

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the stranger stories in the music biz, the group Chester French first formed at Harvard University in 2003. It was originally a five-man pop group that called its style "gentlemen rock." The band released the EP (First Love), which it performed tracks from on the street in Boston. Soon enough, Chester French trimmed down to just two guys—D.A. Wallach and Maxwell Drummey—and polished up its production skills and multi-genre influences. The fast-rising duo was soon courted by both Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, whose Star Trak label won the bidding war. Chester French's first album, Love the Future, was released in 2009 and earned the duo lot of press, TV appearances, and tour slots with groups like Fall Out Boy and Blink 182. On Music 4 Tngrs, Chester French serves up another batch of ultra-catchy modern pop anthems, full of sing-along choruses and diverse instrumentation. Pusha T and Pharrell lend a hand on "Next Big Thing," and Travis Parker contributes to two tracks. But for the most part it's all Chester French, making exactly what the title suggests. Check out "Female Version" and the single "Black Girls."

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
36 Ratings
36 Ratings
F. McGilly

Disappointing...

They've completely lost the fantastic melodies and original sound of their first album. It's strange how, while each song is different, they all kinda sound the same. The only redeeming song from this entire collection is "Black Girls," and it's nowhere near one of their best. I'm officially done with anything new from Chester French. At least I still have their "old" stuff to listen to.

Kells425

Hopefully their low point

This album is to Chester French what Lasers is to Lupe Fiasco. An effort to sound poppy, but the integrity of their sound is lost in the process. Very predictable, synthy, glitzy poo. Hopefully DA returns to form in his next album.

CJBobo

Awesome

Finally they are back

About Chester French

Named for Lincoln Memorial sculptor Daniel Chester French, the L.A. via Boston duo Chester French -- consisting of vocalist/songwriter D.A. Wallach and multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Maxwell Drummey -- mix classic songcraft and power pop hooks with arrangements and beats that nod to synth pop and rap. Originally from Boston, Drummey began music lessons when he was three, moving from classical piano to jazz guitar to jazz and classical composition when he was in high school; however, Wallach, a Milwaukee, WI, native, dabbled in comedy, politics, magic, and drumming before settling on singing in his teens. The pair met in 2003 as freshmen at Harvard and began playing in a five-piece version of Chester French at local bars. After winning a battle of the bands, the group recorded its debut EP, Chester French's First Love, in two days at Harvard's on-campus recording studio, Quad Sound Studios. Wallach and Drummey were so intrigued by the recording process that they became engineers at Quad Sound, and as they worked on their degrees and their first album, they paid for their recording by engineering sessions for other artists. Drummey and Wallach completed the album Love the Future in spring 2007, when they also graduated from Harvard. Their recordings attracted attention from Kanye West and Jimmy Iovine, among others, but the Neptunes' Pharrell ended up signing Chester French to his Star Trak imprint, which released the She Loves Everybody EP late in 2008. ~ Heather Phares

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Cambridge, MA
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Pop

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