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  • Summary: Norway's Lindstrom and singer Christabelle join up to release their first album of disco-influenced music together.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 100
    The Norwegian maestro of disco, Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, teams up again with Christabelle (also known as Solale), and together they craft a masterful 10-song pop album.
  2. The result is an album that squeezes a lot of air and atmosphere into songs that take no more time to make their point than Nu Shooz’ “I Can’t Wait.”
  3. Just about all of the new tracks would make fine A-sides, though they all fall into place as part of a flowing album.
  4. Real Life Is No Cool is a creamy, luscious sequence of classically structured pop-funk tracks glittering with Lindstrøm's trademark brand of space dust. Formally, the work here is light years away from the proggier, more sprawling galaxies he's recently navigated; Christabelle's languid yet charismatic, definitive yet hazy vocals are given properly emphatic productions.
  5. The result potently distils what makes him a great producer--as demonstrated by "Music in My Mind" and "So Much Fun," his take on 1980s funk-pop is exhilaratingly woozy, psychedelic and strange, never sliding into retro pastiche.
  6. 70
    The Moroder-indebted tunes on Real Life are more pop-friendly, but the chopped-up vocal samples on opener "Looking for What" are guaranteed to meld minds, while airy centerpiece "Keep It Up" defies gravity via handclaps and delicately chiming bells.
  7. Real Life Is No Cool plays more like a tug-of-war as singer and producer struggle to find harmony between two disparate sounds. [Holiday 2009, p.81]

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