The Chainsmokers
Memories...Do Not Open


1.5
very poor

Review

by 2X17 USER (6 Reviews)
April 7th, 2017 | 101 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: On Memories, The Chainsmokers offer nothing more than a headache you won’t be able to escape once these songs claw their way up the Billboard Top 100

Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall have perfected their craft through a relentless two year campaign to distance themselves from their status as “those dudes who made that selfie song”. By pumping out as many singles as humanly possible to see what sticks, the duo reached their result: "Closer", a track that sustained its position at No. 1 on the Billboards for 12 weeks and a record breaking 26 weeks in the top 5, fending off the likes of Drake, Ariana Grande, and The Weeknd from top spot. The success of “Closer” established The Chainsmokers as pop music’s “mature” dance act, with praise being thrown at their hit for being the “millennial love story” that pop music apparently needed. It was obvious after spending a whopping 36 weeks in the Top 10 that The Chainsmokers were here to stay, whether you liked it or not. The singer/songwriter heavy approach to their already proven formula of unruly hybrids of future bass, electro house, and straightforward piano ballads set the groundwork for Memories: Do Not Open, the Smoker’s first full length effort chock-full of inevitable chart toppers neck deep in the cliches of every negative connotation flung at the catch-all umbrella term “millennial”. There’s nothing on Memories that you haven’t already heard from The Chainsmokers’ previous offerings. Two key piano leads, wordy passages mulling over young adult problems, glitzy low-tempo stab synths, and Andrew Taggart’s horrendous vocals and total disrespect for your father; you name it, it’s on here.

With how much familiar ground The Chainsmokers tread with Memories, they unintentionally shoot themselves in the foot by making a record that is just too much to stomach. The Chainsmokers are tolerable, at best, when making occasional appearances on your radio or in a typical social setting. But personally subjecting yourself to Taggart and Pall’s hilarious efforts at making a serious, moody pop album is a task no reasonable person could tackle for the 43 minutes of your time they ask for. The Chainsmokers recycle many ideas prominent on their previous releases to the point of pushing plagiarism (try to tell me that “Something Just Like This” and “Roses” aren’t the same song), and while they do manage to switch some things up by opening the door to a few new styles, such as the aggressive trap beat on “It Won’t Kill Ya” and the spaced out, pitched down outro to “Wake Up Alone”, these spare ideas don’t do enough to carry the album when the majority of it is dominated by clones of “Closer” and “Don’t Let Me Down”. Taggart also has a far more prominent role as a vocalist, despite showing signs of blatant inexperience with the ropes through a constant ‘on-the-verge-of-tears’ performance bogged down with horrendous lines. “Bloodstream” and “Break Up Every Night” push any tolerance for Boggart one is expected to have to the breaking point when he starts treating “fuck” like it’s the most profound and serious thing you could say to emphasize how broken you are with or without love.

When this much trite songwriting is shoved through a low-key, atmospheric and moody “piano intro, build up, drop in the climax, fade out” format, and then is expected to be taken seriously, you’re better off just heeding the warnings of the cover art itself and leaving this record alone.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
2X17
April 7th 2017


22 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I'd liknk a stream but you're going to hear this album non stop for the next few months, anyways.

FullOfSounds
April 7th 2017


15770 Comments


Gud review. Just a couple of things.

"The Chainsmokers recycle many, many ideas"
Just one "many" seems enough.

"Unless you’re the type of person who spends the better half of their day reposting “inspirational” quotes with night sky backgrounds on Tumblr and Facebok because they’re “so relatable”, "
Kinda unnecessary

McTime50
April 7th 2017


829 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Why do people like Chainsmokers? Do some people not listen to anything beyond Top 40?

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MariaClocktower
April 7th 2017


4 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

These guys remind me of Owl City, but like, more boring.

rodrigo90
April 7th 2017


5158 Comments


They just released their first album and everyone is talking like they have been in the scene for 10 years.

VaxXi
April 7th 2017


4392 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Their level of success pretty much matches artists who hve been around for a decade so...

LethalPaintball
April 7th 2017


1000 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

should i pussy out and delete my rant review now

VaxXi
April 8th 2017


4392 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Do whatever you want, I'm not your mom

silentstar
April 8th 2017


2526 Comments


>Why do people like Chainsmokers? Do some people not listen to anything beyond Top 40?

/r/lewronggeneration

get off your high horse lmao - liking chainsmokers and non-top 40 music is not mutually exclusive

JamieTwort
April 8th 2017


26988 Comments


^This.

p4p
April 8th 2017


1959 Comments


in the name of love > closer
even that toothbrush song is better than closer

Tunaboy45
April 8th 2017


16702 Comments


damn I've been hyping this up for months, thought we had a classic on our hands :[

Sinternet
April 8th 2017


18598 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yall better be ready for a rare sinternet review

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FullOfSounds
April 8th 2017


15770 Comments


I'm so pumped I've been waiting forever

Kusangii
April 8th 2017


2196 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Lol this band

SowingSeason
Moderator
April 8th 2017


29589 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

It was obvious after spending a whopping 36 weeks in the Top 10 that The Chainsmokers we're here to stay



were





Two key piano leads, wordy passages mulling over young adult problems, glitzy low-tempo stab synths, and Andrew Taggart’s horrendous vocals and total disrespect for your father; you name it, it’s on here. Zone



why the random, unpunctuated "Zone" at the end?





When so much trite is shoved through a low-key

"trite" is an adjective so it needs to be followed by whatever it is you're calling trite





Good review otherwise, I enjoyed the way you picked this apart sem-rant style while still making valid points!

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VaxXi
April 8th 2017


4392 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Those first two errors were auto correct mistakes on mobile cuz i wasnt at a computer when i wrote this so i'll fix that asap.



Edit: Ok i fixed everything up, thanks for reading!

p4p
April 8th 2017


1959 Comments


umm why posted ur review with a diff acc

VaxXi
April 8th 2017


4392 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I made the 2x17 account back when i wasn't planning on coming back to sput and didn't want to use this account, but still wanted to post reviews on albums coming out this year. I had about three reviews put up before I ended up back here and didn't necessarily want to just ditch it either, so I just use it as a secondary for 2017 albums and would be using this account for anything that came out before.

Sinternet
April 8th 2017


18598 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

you know this is not nearly as bad as I expected, but the vocals really kill some of these tracks which actually have some neat melodies



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