Review: The Chainsmokers – Closer (feat. Halsey)

The Chainsmokers released their new single, which features Halsey, and it might be the next big thing! After the duo consisting of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart has had a multiplatinum hit with “Don’t Let Me Down”, The Chainsmokers are looking to replicate or even top the success of their previous single. With the help of 21-year old “Pop rebel” Halsey, “Closer” might just be able to do that. Even if you haven’t been up to date in terms of music and charts, you might remember The Chainsmokers from 2014’s viral hit “#Selfie”. But first…… let me take a selfie  write a review.

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Unlike “Don’t Let Me Down”, “Closer” doesn’t include heavy drops and overall feels a lot more smooth. The song follows a simple but effective chord progression that seems tailor made for Pop radio. Its bouncy, light feel seems to separate it from a lot of today’s pop hits. The lyrics tell the story of a relationship, possibly a first love, that ended but has both partners looking back at those times, wondering what made the story get to an end. The song leaves a bittersweet taste of love, passion but also regret and nostalgia.

People unfamiliar with Halsey might want to check out her debut album “Badlands” (and read my review on it HERE ). You will soon become familiar with a young, promising artist with quite characteristic vocals. Surprisingly, Halsey’s vocals blend in extremely well with The Chainsmokers’ Andrew Taggart, whose low and smoky vocals seem perfect for such a track.

So baby pull me closer in the back seat of your Rover, that I know you can’t afford. Bite that tattoo on your shoulder.

Pull the sheets right off the corner. Of the mattress that you stole. From your roommate back in Boulder

We ain’t ever getting older

Unfortunately, the song seems slightly uninspired and repetitive. The chord progression seems very familiar and the melody lacks diversity. However, this does not take away much of the song’s charm and actually contributes to making the song very easily accessible and thus perfect for mainstream. The song has smash hit written all over it and it will be quite exciting to follow its journey to the top of the charts.

The lyric video, which could easily be seen as a low budget music video, seems to follow the story of a couple as they go on adventures and capture memories.

 

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