The Chainsmokers are again from their hiatus with the discharge of their fourth studio album, So far, so good, right this moment through DISRUPTOR/Columbia Records/RCA. The duo (or is it a trio?) jumped from EDM into the pop world a very long time in the past, but it surely’s clear they nonetheless pull their historical past as producers into their work, so it was tough to definitively separate the 2 worlds . But on this album they lean totally into the pop world as they collaborate with producer Ian Kirkpatrick (Britney Spears, Dua Lipa, Selena Gomez, Jason Derulo) and Whethan.

So Far So Good happened after the boys “escaped to Hawaii with some friends and gave themselves permission not to create anything if they didn’t want to.” In an age dominated by algorithms and targeted on streaming numbers, there’s a sure privilege in doing one thing as seemingly mundane as merely “getting away from it all”. It’s unlucky that the ultimate product then feels a bit soulless.

Lots of reverberant vocals and glittering synthesizers a la M83 or Owl City do not do a lot to create a significant listening expertise for the followers, regardless of the admittedly clear manufacturing. One of the brand new singles on the album, “Testing,” manages to cowl Charlie & The Chocolate Factory’s “Pure Imagination” in its outro, which is preceded by lyrics like

Can I say that I’ve misplaced myself?
Or would it not be an excessive amount of for everybody at residence?
Can I say I turned myself on
For all of the issues that I’ve achieved and all that I’ve wronged?

after which

Front a Busta with some Bab
Get the hoe for her fifteen

all paired with some tacky synthpop and a hype hip hop drop. It feels wildly incoherent; However, in the event you did not give the track your full consideration, it will truly be actually enjoyable.

Drew’s voice has improved. Or possibly they’ve found new voice processing software program. It’s arduous to say. There are actually some Random Access Memories influences on “Solo Mission”. But The Chainsmokers’ lyrical content material nonetheless suffers from the identical lack of worldliness as the blokes who as soon as had the phrase “17.34 combined inches” on their web site.

It’s not like each album has to say one thing new, however even their hit single “High” says why? You solely say you’re keen on me once you’re excessive / It’s like we undergo the identical shit each night time, which is quite a bit like “why did you only call me when you’re high?” by Arctic Monkeys, which got here out virtually a decade in the past. Maybe it is time to transfer on from the query of why love pursuits solely attain out after they’re beneath the affect?

It’s three within the morning now
And I’m making an attempt to vary your thoughts
Left you many missed calls
And reply to my message
“Why did you only call me when you’re high?”

EDM followers have requested too many occasions why The Chainsmokers are nonetheless billed for headlining slots at EDM festivals. And up till this album I used to be capable of clarify it with their admittedly excessive octane and energetic units. But now I simply do not know.

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