It’s hard to believe that a band like The Chainsmokers, who have been around since 2012, are only just now putting out their first album. With successful singles and EPs under their belt, you would think that they would have released their debut album years ago. I’m not particularly familiar with EDM bands, so I don’t know if this is common amongst this genre. Regardless, I decided to give Memories… Do Not Open a listen. I’ve liked what I’ve heard so far from the band (I’ve listened to “Closer” on repeat I don’t know how many times), so I thought I was prepared for what this album had to offer. I was wrong.
The lackluster opening of “The One” left much to be desired, and sets the tone for the rest of the album; instead of high energy dance mixes we’re given ballads with beats, and lead singer Andrew Taggart doesn’t add anything when it comes to vocals. I don’t know if this is just me, but when I listened to his voice, I thought it would fit better on a country music album. Artists like Emily Warren, Coldplay, Florida Georgia Line and others are featured throughout the album, and add some variety to the mix (“Something Just Like This” featuring Coldplay was probably the only song on the album that I really enjoyed). Everything else just seems to fall flat, from the music to the lyrics to the vocals.
“Break Up Every Night” is probably the closest they come to making a dance track, and even that is a flop, with its mediocre lyrics. The whole album just felt like The Chainsmokers didn’t go far enough; you come away from every song feeling deflated. The most questionable choice was featuring Florida Georgia Line on the track “Last Day Alive.” They’re a country band and yet the song has this gospel/ dance/ ballad sound to it that just leaves you scratching your head in confusion. Memories… Do Not Open is bland and forgettable, and it makes you think that maybe The Chainsmokers should just stick to singles.