Album Review: “Memories…Do Not Open” by The Chainsmokers

17098501_1420925944606458_233561629857129352_nLast month was a semi good month for music, the new releases were even better! I had a better time with finding good singles, but nothing made me more excited than when my favorite duo The Chainsmokers released their debut album “Memories…Do Not Open,” after so long they finally released a bunch of unreleased music and it was glorious! I knew when they had announced that they were going on a big ass tour I figured something really big was going to happen and looks like I was right!

The Chainsmokers is made up of two very strange dudes! If you listen to their radio show on Sirius XM BPM then you will understand what I mean! Alex and Drew are absolutely hilarious! If you’ve been living under a rock, they’ve been winning awards left and right, like a freaking GRAMMY for “Best Song Of The Year” with Halsey! In 2016, they put out five different singles! My favorites are still “Don’t Let Me Down” with Daya and “Inside Out” with Charlee!

Let’s get on with the review, shall we?

One thing about the guys is that every song is different, not every song has a bass-y drop but I think that’s a good thing. When I first heard “The One” I was a bit sad that it was so loose; it’s slower but it has a nice groove but other than that, it’s a bit boring to start off an album and I feel really bad saying that! Now I love “Break Up Every Night” it is a little bit uppity, almost sounds like a pop-rock song than EDM! That’s what I like about music lately, everything is colliding together and nobody is staying into one genre anymore! Go Rebels! The tempo does increase as it heads into the choruses but it mostly stays pretty mild throughout but it’s good! Third is “Bloodstream” and this is one of my favorites! It has a nice and easy introduction with only a piano and it mostly stays in the mellow sound. It doesn’t feature another artist, but I think the female’s voice you can hear in the background is Phoebe Ryan, who collaborated with their track “All We Know” last year!

Next is “Don’t Say” and it features and starts with Emily Warren, and I really like it. Despite having a very tame sound to it, it does have a more of a chilled out, bass-y vibe! So if you like those kind of tracks then you’ll love it! I also love that ending has Emily and the guys just acting all goofy after the music has faded. When I first heard it, I thought somebody had hacked into my laptop until I heard the guy’s voices and then I realized everything was fine! “Something Just Like This” was featured during the promos for March Madness games, which I loved and if Butler wasn’t playing as good I had that playing in my head the whole time! It features British band Coldplay, which shocked me! I’m used to hearing female singers in their songs, so this was something new but I felt a good choice. I know a lot of people don’t like it because it sounds too much like “Roses” but if you loved that beat, then you get a second opportunity to hear it in another way!

Emily Warren is featured on this next one, “My Type” and I don’t know why but I always think it’s somebody different since her voice is so soft and low in “Don’t Say” this one her voice is allowed to bloom and you actually feel her personality in the song. I could have needed this one when I was in high school, but I think I can still use it! The next is “It Won’t Kill Ya” with Louane, another artist that I am not familiar with but she has a very pretty voice! I really like this song, I think it would be a good trailer track to use. The sound has an ominous vibe to it and Louane makes it every better! I also fucking love the drops too! And if you read my blog, you know I don’t normally use the F word unless it is needed–it is definitely needed!

The single that let the world know that The Chainsmokers weren’t going to fit into the normal EDM box. “Paris” is so good even though it is played so much in the last two months that it’s becoming a bit annoying so I’ve had to decrease my daily intake  just so I don’t grow to hate it. I like the chill sound and if you’re having a suck-y time and you want something to relax to, this is it! The female singer in the background is once again Emily Warren!  Next is “Honest” which stays out in spoken word before breaking into song, but in the musical sense so don’t freak out! What I really like about it is that the guys are writing about their lives and experiences and you hear it throughout the entire album, but I think the bouncy music overpowers and everybody just likes it for that, which is fine but I love the honesty in the lyrics for this track!

The last three songs start with “Wake Up Alone” featuring singer Jhene Aiko and it is a light song, great drop, nothing really special about it but the entire song is another that if you’re in need of something softer but has a good rhythm this is for you! “Young” is sort of like “Break Up Every Time” where it has a more pop-rock type of sound! I think it is an interesting beat, because the different elements you can hear within it mesh well, nothing is overwhelming and it’s great! The last one kind of threw me for a loop because it features country duo Florida Georgia Line, since these guys have a few tour dates with the Backstreet Boys this summer, nothing should surprise me anymore! Anywho, the track is called “Last Day Alive” and it has a strong electronica sound to it, which will definitely freak out their die hard fans (mostly talking about FGL fans!) but I find it very unique because you can hear the EDM sounds but it does have its country notes too. I don’t necessarily know if I care for the auto-tone but like I said it’s unique so I can deal with it!

I think the guys were smart to release a couple of their softer songs throughout 2016, especially with the success of “Closer” and “Paris” of how slow their tempos were, fans seem to see and like the change in The Chainsmokers sound. They weren’t about big bass drops in all of their songs and it keeps them different from the pack! Of course people will think they’re getting too mainstream because of the radio plays on the pop stations but screw them! I think what they’re doing is awesome!

What do you think about The Chainsmokers’ first album? Yay or nay? What are your favorite song(s) by them?

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