The Chainsmokers stuck to what they know with ‘Memories…Do Not Open.’ There are great featured vocalists and club-ready tracks, but this was the duo’s chance to take their sound to a new level, and we were hoping for just a little bit more.
Memories…Do Not Open, the debut album from The Chainsmokers (Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall) dropped today, April 7, and it might just remind you that this is the dynamic duo behind “#SELFIE.” First, stream it below:
Let’s start with “The One.” How do you decide to open an album with the sleepiest track in your arsenal? You might notice that there’s a picture of a bed on the cover art. I want to nap in it after listening to this.
Luckily, “Break Up Every Night” is great. Though it involves cringeworthy lyrics like, “She wants to break up every night/Then tries to f*ck me back to life,” it’s one of the catchier songs on the record. It breaks the “Closer” formula (more on that later) and benefits from upbeat verses, as opposed to letting it all drop during the chorus. This memory is a keeper.
Up next is “Bloodstream.” Here’s the thing: “Closer” is a banger. It’s a fantastic song. But let’s let it live and breathe on its own, okay? This song sounds like it’s trying to be “Closer,” a trend that continues throughout the rest of the album.
Emily Warren was chosen as the vocalist of the day for “Don’t Say,” “My Type” and “Paris.” The first track, again, is an obvious “Closer” clone, and the talking at the end is…not good. “My Type” isn’t anything to write home about. “Paris” is catchy, though it somewhat lazily rhymes the word “Paris” with “parents.”
“Something Just Like This” is great, but not because of The Chainsmokers. It’s great because Chris Martin is great. Similarly, “It Won’t Kill Ya” with Louane has potential to be on rotation at the club, and it works because Drew is not trying to be the frontman in this one. Sorry, Drew.
Then there’s “Honest,” which again, could do without the talking in the beginning. This is a song about how The Chainsmokers are famous now, but tour life is hard because you can’t sleep with people as easily, and also the ones you do sleep with don’t like you for you.
Jhene Aiko does a nice job on “Wake Up Alone” but can’t save it from being sucked into the aforementioned “Closer” vortex.
Penultimate track “Young” mentions the wrecking of a car and raises a few questions. Is this the same broke down car that they moved to the city in? Drew is from New York City, so where did he find a yard to fight the dad in? Why does he keep fighting other people’s parents? Why does this song sound so much like “Paris?”
Finally, “Last Day Alive” brings an unexpected collaboration with country duo Florida Georgia Line. It’s nice, but nothing too special. There’s not even a banjo on it.
What do you think of the album?