**** Also nach der Steigerung auf schwachem Niveau von "#Selfie" hin zu "Don't Let Me Down" haben sich die Chainsmokers bei mir mittlerweile ins solide Mittelmaß vorgearbeitet. Die Produktion klingt professionell und catchy, die Stimmen sind beide ganz angenehm, viel Spektakel wird aber nicht geboten.
** Awful. Are they even trying anymore? Something about this infuriates me, because even earlier this year there were Roses & Don't Let Me Down, and now there's this generic sellout. It sounds like every other chart hit this year. Even Halsey can't salvage this. And also, the guy from the Chainsmokers singing is terrible.
**** Hätte hier nicht mit männlichen Vocals gerechnet, aber anscheinend singt einer der Chainamokers-Jungs auch mit, und das gefällt mir hier fast mehr wie Halsey's Beitrag. Guter wenn auch deutlich schwächerer Nachfolger zum genialen "Don't Let Me Down", ist aber trotzdem ihr bisher zweitbester mir bekannter Song. Bin nach wie vor überrascht dass das schon der dritte Hit dieses Jahr werden wird, hätte bei dem Selfie-Schrott nie im Leben mit auch nur einer Nachfolger-Single gerechnet... gute 4+*
****** Grandios. Auf dem selben Niveau wie "Don't Let Me Down". Das einzige, was ich etwas zu bemängeln hab, ist das Tempo. Von mir aus könnte es etwas schneller voran gehen, trotzdem sehr in Ordnung und mir sogar die Höchstnote wert.
****** It's not their best song but all in all the track is good and Halsey's voice is great as always #1 in Australia! :) Edit: I love this song, now it's their best song, just needed some time to recognise :D Zuletzt editiert: 14.09.2016 19:25
***** Ik was hier in eerste instantie niet van onder de indruk, maar ik moet zeggen dat ik dit nu helemaal geen slecht plaatje vind. Integendeel zelfs, bij elke luisterbeurt vind ik 'Closer' aanstekelijker klinken, en dat is natuurlijk grotendeels te danken aan The Chainsmokers. Ik blijf erbij, na '#Selfie' zijn ze alleen maar bergopwaarts gegaan!
****** These guys are on fire, three smashes in a row. Although this does fall short of their best track 'Don't Let Me Down'. I think Andrew should probably just stick to producing and looking pretty though.
Upgrading to 6/6. One of the best songs of the year. I'm surprised people don't like the lyrics, it tells a good story. The "we ain't ever gettin' older" is meant to be in the same vein as Taylor Swift's "we never go out of style", basically a bad relationship stuck in a vicious cycle. The verses show that both sides of the story think they have pity for the other half, it's very well written. Zuletzt editiert: 27.12.2016 04:14
* The success of this bewilders me more than the success of One Dance - the male vocalist is so so bad, the lyrics are dumb, and it's a terribly undanceable 'dance' track. I just don't get it. Zuletzt editiert: 13.10.2016 10:35
** I'm sick of it and I can't take them seriously because they brought out a novelty song as their first single! Why does Australia think this was so good? And the sad thing is Halsey couldn't save this! Zuletzt editiert: 12.07.2017 16:53
** Seit 10 Wochen jetzt auf Platz 1 in den USA. Kaum zu glauben, welcher Mist heutzutage auf die Chartspitze steigen kann. Die Band erlebt dieses Jahr ein Hype - aus diesem Grund der unerklärbare Erfolg. Und jetzt, wo das Video veröffentlicht wurde, wird das Lied noch für längere Zeit in den Top 10 bleiben. 2*
* This is a disaster, I really hate this song. It feels like a watered down version of Roses and I wasn't a fan of that either. That drop is laughably bad and I don't care for Halsey at all. It's just another proof that Americans simply can't do dance music.
** Geez these guys are frustratingly inconsistent. They go from releasing "Don't Let Me Down" (their best) to this steaming pile of crap, which I would say is their worst to date so far (yes, even worse than "#Selfie").
I think it mainly comes down to that awful breakdown, which is honestly one of the worst breakdowns I have ever heard in a mainstream electro song. It is just way too plain and simplistic and pathetic (only 3 notes I think) and doesn't reach any level of elation whatsoever.
Let us not forget some of the cringeworthy lyrics we have here as well, particularly the lines about the stolen mattress and the Blink 182 name-drop.
And, this is more of a nit-pick than anything else, but who cares that she can't afford the Rover? What does that add to the song? It doesn't paint anything about the picture of this relationship, and just felt like you put it in to fill some space in the chorus.
And unbelievably, this spent nine weeks at #1. This song is just proof that once you water down your music and give it as least personality as possible, it will become popular. Such a shame, but what else should I expect.
** The best thing I can say about this song is that I made a remarkable observation: This is a collaboration between the duo who made "#SELFIE", and a singer who did a highly questionable version of Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" that essentially made it "F**k Yourself". I caught a glipse of the video recently and realised that Halsey looked familiar, in the hotel scenes at least, remarkably resembling one Victoria Chase from "Life Is Strange". If you've played at least the first episode of it (if you haven't, it's free to buy on all platforms and very good), perhaps the line of dialogue that you'll most recall is when she tells you to 'go f**k your selfie' (which makes sense in context). This also means I have to dock points because Halsey never taught me anything about daguerreotypes, the process which gave portraits a sharp, reflective style like a mirror. Now I'm totally stuck in the retro zone :(
In all seriousness, it's kind of remarkable that Halsey ends up being far from the worst thing about this song, although the ensuing profile advancement from it may prove its most testing impact. No, the problem lies almost solely on The Chainsmokers, who as you might know, have gone great lengths (17 inches innit?) to show their inner bro. It's a shame really. I was once prepared to defend "#SELFIE" whose retractors felt more le wrong generation-y than anything else, but I can no longer look past just how exploitative the song is to the opposite sex.
A problem that seems to come up in just about all their songs once I started to notice it. Put simply, they just cannot seem to write a female perspective that feels on level, they always seem to be in need of this greater man. I can (most of the time) appreciate that they're using their influence to push lesser known artists into the spotlight, but I wish it were done in a more dignified way.
"Closer" is after all, a story song, told through two perspectives, but it's the guy who comes off looking stronger in this match up. He's the one whose life was perfectly in order, while she was immensely taken by him and even has to remark how attractive he still is. He's the one who's badmouthing her friends, while she's the one who's broke and living by off whatever she can scrounge up. Oh and she was insane.
You can say it's a millennial romance anthem, and in that sense it glamourises a whole sort of image that I just cannot allign to*. The people in this song are just people I would not want anything to do with, and the song isn't framed in any significant way to support this feeling. It's just dumb, overdramatised emotions that will have no tangible impact on their lives 10 years down the track when they've travelled every other state and hooked up with half a dozen other partners, never learning anything. Such is life?
Oh and something about Andrew's complete incapability to sing, and how unsatisfying the 3-note Fischer-Price breakdown is. The Chainsmokers regularly have lousy breakdowns but woah this is a disaster.
*The shoehorned blink-182 reference really seals it for me. If there ever were a band I retain no emotional connection to despite growing up at just the right time to do so, and part of me gets bothered that blink-182 get all the promotion when their new album is just so lousy. A few months on and "Built This Pool" is like the only thing I can remember from it.
*** I still can't really get into this. Its 12-week reign at #1 in the US (and nine weeks here) is strange to me. I wonder if the Boulder mentioned in the song is the town next to Kalgoorlie, probs not!
*** Actually, I was way too harsh on this in the past. At least it still has a decent melody unlike many other pop songs in the charts nowadays and the piano line at the beginning of the song is actually somewhat pleasant to listen to in hindsight. Also on second thought, the lyrics aren't that bad and do actually kinda tell a story about a bad relationship like JimJim mentioned. I still don't really like the beat drop and the Chainsmoker guy's voice is still terrible but I can at least see some qualities in this song now and can somewhat appreciate it for what it is. I don't even hate the Chainsmokers that much anymore like I initially did when this first came out. Their music is certainly better than anything Justin Bieber or Meghan Trainor could ever do. Zuletzt editiert: 11.09.2017 04:23
* I hate "The Chainsmokers", aside the irrelevant fact that their band-name is ridiculous, they are shameless bandwagoners, they tried to create a novelty-hit after the "Gangnam Style" craze and ultimately failed, now they're trying to ride on the tropical/house anthems and you can't get more bland than this song, this is the musical equivalent to fast food.
****** Very good. I like how the piano wave chills the break chorus on "So baby pull me closer" I reckon that's why it was number one for quite awhile. Ever since is dropping out slowly this I still reckon is another biggest hit after Don't Let Me Down.