Chic – Believer (1983) – Lp
Chic is an American band that was organized during 1976 by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards. The group regarded themselves as a rock band for the disco movement “that made good on hippie peace, love and freedom”.
Label: Atlantic Records
Believer is the seventh studio album by American band Chic, their last for the Atlantic Records label, and the last featuring the classic line-up of Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards, Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin, and Tony Thompson.
Believer finds the group updating its sound with generally appealing, if uneven, results. Using a lot more keyboards and drum machines and favoring a more high-tech production style, Rogers and Edwards sound like they’re trying hard to live down their reputation as a late ’70s disco act. Urban contemporary considerations are strong, and some of the songs might have reached pop-rock and new wave audiences with the right promotion. The infectious “Party Everybody” contains more rapping than singing, and acknowledges hip-hop’s popularity, which is appropriate considering how often hip-hoppers have sampled Chic over the years. And even though Believer falls short of being a gem, you have to admire Chic‘s ability to update its approach while continuing to sound incredibly distinctive.
The album includes the singles “Give Me The Lovin'” (#57 US R&B), “You Are Beautiful” (issued only in France, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia), and “Party Everybody” (issued only in Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands).
All tracks written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers.
1. Believer (5:06)
2. You Are Beautiful (4:34)
3. Take A Closer Look (4:38)
4. Give Me The Lovin’ (4:52)
1. Show Me Your Light (3:57)
2. You Got Some Love For Me (4:52)
3. In Love With Music (3:52)
4. Party Everybody (4:51)