New Eyes

Clean Bandit - New Eyes
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2014 Ratings: #935 / 995
User Score
Based on 64 ratings
2014 Ratings: #329
Liked by 2 people
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.
beetlebat
59
This was really disappointing. I had high expectations because "Rather Be" is such a great song and I enjoyed "What Is Love?" I am rating the US streaming version of this by the way. There were a few good songs like "Extraordinary", "Real Love", "Stronger" and "Show Me Love." But the rest is such a mixed bag. It is all Jack Patterson's fault. His vocals on tracks like "Mozart's House" and ESPECIALLY "New Eyes" are ... read more
Sammy_P
65
A decent album. I quite like the blending of house and classical. Is it the best album? No, but it works.
aldwinishere
29
This album exists.
Rather Be is a fantastic song though it won't save this messy combination of classical and modern hybrid of songs.
nug
36
As time progressed, the more insufferable this album became. Lacking from a true sense of direction, Clean Bandit attempted to piece together classical elements with electronic beats and faced-paced tracks. It sounds really ambitious, and it certainly was. Not many tracks connect well on this project, and the 50 minute runtime feels like two hours. The main issue with this album is that it feels like a compilation. Clean Bandit doesn't have a lead vocalist, so they rely on guest vocalists to ... read more
clwireg
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)
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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