Nile Rodgers & Chic ‎– It's About Time

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1 Till The World Falls
Featuring – Cosha, Mura Masa, Vic Mensa
5:17
2 Boogie All Night
Featuring – Nao (33)
3:30
3 Sober
Featuring – Craig David, Stefflon Don
3:08
4 Do You Wanna Party
Featuring – LunchMoney Lewis
3:22
5 Dance With Me
Featuring – Hailee Steinfeld
3:30
6 I Dance My Dance 3:27
7 State Of Mine (It’s About Time)
Featuring – Philippe Saisse
4:42
8 Queen
Featuring – Elton John, Emeli Sandé*
3:55
Bonus Tracks
9 I Want Your Love
Featuring – Lady Gaga
4:56
10 "New Jack" Sober (Teddy Riley Version)
Featuring – Craig David, Stefflon DonRemix – Teddy Riley
3:12
11 A Message From Nile Rodgers 4:23

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  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L552
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 9448
  • Rights Society: BIEM/SDRM

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CDV 3210 Nile Rodgers & Chic Nile Rodgers & Chic - It's About Time(CD, Album) Virgin EMI Records CDV 3210 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
V 3210, 00602567793519 Nile Rodgers & Chic Nile Rodgers & Chic - It's About Time(LP, Album) Virgin EMI Records, Virgin EMI Records V 3210, 00602567793519 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
none Nile Rodgers & Chic Nile Rodgers & Chic - It's About Time(10xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Virgin EMI Records none 2018
CDVX 3210 Nile Rodgers & Chic Nile Rodgers & Chic - It's About Time(CD, Album, Unofficial) Virgin EMI Records (2) CDVX 3210 Russia 2018 Sell This Version
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tiger_soren

tiger_soren

October 20, 2018
I, as so many others, had eagerly been awaiting Nile Rodgers & CHIC's return since the infectious I'll Be There dropped in March 2015. The album was announced to follow in June 2015 but was then cancelled. Rodgers' original plan on basing it on unreleased CHIC demos from the 70s/80s was dropped, and after three years of seemingly ever-changing focus, Rodgers finally released It's About Time with a glossy cover with a nod to the band's first 1977 LP. While nobody in their right frame of mind could expect this to sound like CHIC 1979, the problem is that Rodgers in his eagerness of bringing in a zillion featured guest stars, despite having a well-played live band and two new more than capable vocalists, seem to have produced a random collection of songs with little identity rather than an album with a clear vision, and the DHM (Deep Hidden Meaning) that Rodgers has often talked about when writing music, seems to have gone out of the window.

The first single Till The World Falls was released in June with little fanfare. It's a good catchy opening track with Rodgers' guitar bubbling away. Strangely, Rodgers & CHIC did not perform it on their summer gigs, Rodgers weaving that it was "out of respect for the featured artists" (?) and the video - which was only published two months later after interest had already dropped - was the only shown when the audiences were leaving the show venue.

Boogie All Night has a nice groove and an original CHIC feel to it, but the squeaky-voiced NAO does not do it much justice.

Sober - featuring Craig David - is a new jack swing track harking back to 1989 and while it is not actually a bad track (the rap part dates it unnecessarily, though) it just has nothing to do with CHIC.

Do You Wanna Party? - a gimmicky track with a great groove, funky guitar and surprising key change is let-down by the clichéed overprocessed rap by LunchMoney Lewis and vacuous lyrics. A track that could have been so much more.

Dance With Me - Hailee Steinfeld. Perfectly enjoyable piece of music but trite, unoriginal lyrics - and again why call it CHIC?

I Dance My Dance - Wow, Rodgers had one crazy idea here: To actually use his own singers! Who would have thought! This is arguably the best track on the album, super catchy with a killer hook, great vocals that actually sound like they were sung by real singers.

State Of Mind (It's About Time) - A lavish and lovely piece of instrumental music with Phillippe Saisse. One highlight on the album.

Queen - Apparently written for, but rejected by, Diana Ross in the early 80s, this is a sappy, ill-conceived and weird-sounding mess of Elton John and Emeli Sandé, Sir Elton John's voice so muddled that you would never recognise him if you did not know, and the overproccessed vocals just do not gell at all. Had the lyrics had any substance and had the song been sung by a singer who was able to project any soul, this could have been a whole other story. Rodgers premiered a lovely and much superior track called I Believe In Music on BBC - presumably held over for the follow-up album.

And that's it. An album 4 years in the making, and we get 30 short minutes of new music.

Then there is Gaga's version of I Want Your Love which is decent but unspectacular, and a remix of Sober which adds nothing new to the album version.

So everything a bit hit and miss. While Rodgers' guitar licks are as crisp and catchy as ever, he seems to forget that the late Bernard Edwards' bass was just as vital for CHIC's trademark sound which is why it is disappointing to hear programmed synth bass instead. The elegance, the soul, the substance, the strings .... all these elements that captured the essence of CHIC are missing here, and the fact that the album lacks any unity and is ridiculously short .... it bothers me to be negative but it is just the feeling that this album could have been so much more.
REENO

REENO

October 19, 2018
I really miss Bernard! And Tony! This sounds poppy for CHIC.
REENO

REENO

October 19, 2018
Only heard "Til the world falls", and if the rest of the album is like this, I will have to pass. Nile's guitar work is here in all it's glory, but the rest is just too commercial/contemporary for my ears.
tvsavage

tvsavage

October 6, 2018
Overall, sounds like Kidz Bop covering Chic-penned B sides. Wish I didn't have to type that.
XRayLexx

XRayLexx

September 30, 2018
Which are the album tracks and which are bonus tracks? Are "I wan't your Love" and the single remix both bonus tracks or just the remix?
hughvincento

hughvincento

September 30, 2018
Sorry to say looked forward to this album but the only outstanding track is I Want Your Love
cabeefLA

cabeefLA

September 29, 2018
edited 2 months ago
Why didn't they include Chic's "comeback" single "I'll Be There" - which was announced back in 2015 as 'from the forthcoming album It's About Time" - THREE years later...It's About Time!
LaRouxRoux

LaRouxRoux

September 29, 2018
This record needs a vinyl release fast, it's bloody genius