“Something Just Like This” The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

“Something Just Like This” Track Review

Disruptor/Columbia

Released February 22, 2017

Genre: EDM, Pop

The latest collaboration between indie-rock bores, Coldplay, and EDM nuisances, The Chainsmokers, highlights a common quality between the two groups: they have run out of momentum – recycling terrible idea after terrible idea. In retrospect, this haphazard collaboration makes sense. Chris Martin’s “humble” lyrics sound anything but humble, and are sloppily strung together by The Chainsmokers redundant and contrived instrumentation. Even his vocals fail to reach the emotional pits he dares to even call insightful. Elevating these timid observations to stadium heights, Martin’s vocals remain unconvincing and lacks the charm and conviction of Coldplay’s earlier works. Coldplay’s work has recently vomited the same dull album after the same dull album, merely highlighting the stark fall from the grace the once praised band has seemingly forgotten they’ve gone through.

The Chainsmokers on the other hand, have done their time in the limelight and are due for a much-needed departure from the music scene. Whilst known for being able to conjure a catchy hook, I will admit, they have proved themselves to be insipid cons, – demonstrating a lack of artistic originality as they produce and splurge out useless drop after drop, collab after collab, and cheap hook after hook.

Just avoid this track, and honestly everything Coldplay or The Chainsmokers plan to release in the future. This godawful collaboration is anything but fruitful, and answers Martin’s lyrical question: “how much you wanna risk?” The result is an embarrassingly awful, and insulting excuse for music.

SCORE: NEH

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