It’s onerous to imagine that The Chainsmokers that put out Sick Boy in 2018 are the identical duo that put out Memories… Do Not Open in 2017. (For reference, my assessment of that album right here.) From the manufacturing, to Drew’s vocals, to the lyricism and songwriting, every thing feels extra refined and honest.
MDNO felt ridiculously rushed and amateurish, enjoying into The Chainsmokers’ frat boy persona and placing out stereotypical songs about love and relationships with none actual character or perception. In distinction, lots of the songs on Sick Boy are deep (relative to their previous songs) and introspective, “Sick Boy,” “Everybody Hates Me,” and “You Owe Me” specifically.
Then however, Sick Boy really has some bangers. “Siren” with Aazar and “Save Yourself” with NGHTMRE are large collaborations with big drops made for The Chainsmokers’ explosive stay exhibits; nevertheless, as the 2 token bangers on the album, in addition they sound misplaced. You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.
All of this isn’t to say that Sick Boy doesn’t have its points, both. The drop on “You Owe Me” remains to be onerous to hearken to, and “Beach House” nonetheless isn’t a robust track. In addition, the rollout of the album, whereas it could have been efficient in sharing the idea and racking up streaming numbers, resulted in an anticipated observe order. When the complete album was accomplished with the discharge of “Hope” at this time, the order was rearranged and it now feels like a a lot totally different album than what followers have been listening to for practically all of 2018. No matter if you find yourself pondering the order works higher or not, it’s going to take a while to get used to.
And ending on such an enormous banger like “Save Yourself” doesn’t actually give listeners an opportunity to decompress from the listening expertise, both.
Overall, Sick Boy is as a lot an enchancment over MDNO as you may hope for. I really know the phrases and sing alongside to nearly all of the songs on this album, versus these on MDNO, which I prayed would finish before later. And the extra introspective songs on the album are literally rock stable on their very own benefit.
While this album is an enormous step in the appropriate course, it nonetheless appears that The Chainsmokers are just a little misplaced on their very own sound. Drew is unquestionably exhibiting his personal id along with his singing, however with so vast a wide range of tracks and influences on Sick Boy, I hope they hone in a bit extra on a central sound in 2019. That doesn’t imply that bangers like “Siren” and “Save Yourself” wouldn’t be welcome, however possibly they wouldn’t belong on their subsequent album.
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