New Eyes

Clean Bandit - New Eyes
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2014 Ratings: #817 / 845
User Score
Based on 43 ratings
2014 Ratings: #398
June 2, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Atlantic / Label
House, Electronic / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
musicOMH
While what Clean Bandit are doing is incredibly interesting, it’s probably premature to say that they’re harbingers of musical enlightenment. They may, however, be the heralds of super-duper/boogietacular parties across the summer.
80
Time Out London
It all adds up to a thoroughly enjoyable listen, so let’s forgive the fact that ‘Dust Clears’ features a line straight from a student union debate: ‘There was a shift in the paradigm.’
65
The 405

It's so frustrating that the album as a whole is so forgettable. Half the songs sound like outtakes from the release New Eyes could have been, and the other half are some of the best pop songs of the year.

60
AllMusic
Even with the mash-up "gimmick," New Eyes remains such a small, subtle, and soft record that by the end, it doesn't feel very daring or different.
50
NME
There’s melody and slick production throughout, but all the life and soul of an accountancy website.
40
DIY
The band’s genre-splicing potential is lost on a largely tedious debut.
40
The Guardian
New Eyes features a handful of moments that suggest they're capable of making a far more interesting album than this. For now, though, the chances of New Eyes convincing dance music's naysayers of the error of their ways seem slim to say the least.
30
Clash
The classical elements are independently pleasing – as you’d expect when elements of Shostakovich, Mozart and so on are used – but by drenching it all in commercial dance production, the supposed ‘fusion’ becomes a bastardisation.
luisdelrey2016
46
Clean Bandit's debut album fairly innovates the electronic genre by adding some classical pieces onto their tracks. However, the production highlights mainstream and generic pop compositions, and even when it assumes to get experimental, they just reach unlistenable moments of the whole year. Maybe it has one of the most beautiful pieces that could ever happen (Rather Be), but also it has some of the trashier EDM cuts of 2014.

FAVS: Extraordinary, Rather Be, Up Again, Birch
LEAST FAV: ... read more
76
New Eyes provides a brilliant and original record, featuring well produced house music with classical instruments well blended in. Vocally, the album works aswell, as the guest singers on the record really fit the track they’ve been assigned to.

Fav track: Extraordinary (feat. Sharna Bass)

Least fav track: New Eyes (feat. Lizzo)
rosevean
60
#2 Extraordinary feat. Sharna Bass
#4 Rather Be feat. Jess Glynne
#9 Up Again feat. Rae Morris
#12 Birch feat. Eliza Shaddad
50
The album was okay until they took off Birch and changed Up Again

Loved:
Birch, Up Again

Liked:
Dust Clears, A+E, Extraordinary

Disliked:
Mozart's House, Cologne
tha138
45
Teenage, electro-pop with some classical elements but that's not enough.
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MISC LISTS

#14/SPIN (Pop)

Track List

  1. Mozart's House feat. Love Ssega
  2. Extraordinary feat. Sharna Bass
  3. Dust Clears feat. Noonie Bao
  4. Rather Be feat. Jess Glynne
  5. A+E feat. Kandaka Moore & Nikki Cislyn
  6. Come Over feat. Stylo G
  7. Cologne feat. Nikki Cislyn & Javeon
  8. Telephone Banking feat. Love Ssega
  9. Up Again feat. Rae Morris
  10. Heart On Fire feat. Elisabeth Troy
  11. New Eyes feat. Lizzo
  12. Birch feat. Eliza Shaddad
  13. Outro Movement III
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Added on: May 21, 2014