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Fancy Footwork

Chromeo (Vice/Atlantic)

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Chromeo's second album begins with a sample of "The Oompa-Loompa Song," which would have been a better trick if Da Backwudz hadn't used it on "I Don't Like the Look of It" two years ago. Dave 1 and Pee Thug, the duo behind Chromeo, are certainly no trailblazers: Fancy Footwork borrows processed vocals from Daft Punk, cowbell from LCD Soundsystem, cheesy synth sounds from your pick of '80s pop duos (Nu Shooz? Linear?), and, on "Momma's Boy," yacht-rock chops from Hall & Oates. But the album's genial, low-key vibe forgives a lot, and while dance music typically doesn't benefit from modesty, these songs have no other goals than catchiness and danceability, which they handily achieve. ("Opening Up (Ce Soir on Danse)," "Momma's Boy") — SD

Grade: B

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