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The Chainsmokers consists of two guys, Alexander Pall and Andrew Taggart. Attending different universities, Alexander and Andrew met with the help of manager Adam Alpert. Andrew started the group with DJ Rhett Bixler. Bixler left the group and Andrew decided to join as he pursued his interest in DJing. In April of 2013, the Chainsmokers released “Medicine” and began their climb to fame. Meeting success with electronic pop songs such as “Selfie” and “Closer,” the duo’s third studio album World War Joy offers their take on both the beautiful and ugly aspects of the world.
In February 2019, the Chainsmokers released “Who Do You Love” featuring 5 Seconds of Summer. Shortly afterward, the duo announced a North American tour with support from 5SOS and Lennon Stella. In March, their second single “Kills You Slowly” was released. Followed by the April release of their third single “Do You Mean” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Bulow. The duo continually teased tracks from the new record to keep fans engaged throughout the year.
World War Joy is comprised of 10 tracks and features many popular artists. “The Reaper” kicks off the album and shows off Australian singer Amy Shark. The dark beats of the song and eerie feeling of the track really separates it from the rest of the album, making it a solid stand out track. The following track “Family” features Kygo and has a country-pop influence that could reach the ears of listeners that enjoy the genre mix. “See The Way” features the silky, rich voice of Sabrina Claudio. The Chainsmokers and Claudio do a fantastic job of achieving a commercial pop sound perfect for mainstream radio play. Blink-182 then joins the duo on “P.S. I Hope You’re Happy,” which is an electro-pop-rock song that is loosely about getting over someone after having a relationship. As to be expected, the guitar and drums in the track are blended with a clean EDM influenced production.
“Push My Luck” is a slow tempo song that reflects the rush of emotions of being in love with someone. “Takeaway” features fellow popular EDM artist Illenium. The dance music powerhouses combined their styles to create what is arguably the best track on World War Joy. “Call You Mine” features artist Bebe Rexha with her complimentary voice and blaring synths and guitar riffs. The fun pop song is not only extremely relatable lyrically but it is also a song that makes the listener want to simultaneously vibe to and dance along with.
“Do You Mean” is a witty and memorable track that pushes the concept of emotions and transparency towards a lover. The thoughtful lyrics and slower melody of “Kills You Slowly” brings a softer side of the duo’s musical style to the surface. World War Joy ends with the high energy track previously mentioned as their first single, “Who Do You Love” featuring 5 Seconds of Summer. The collaboration has all artists involved giving their all in the song without it sounding like a competition.
Each track on World War Joy takes the listener through an emotional roller coaster. Fans can find enjoyment from various featured artists and their different musical styles. World War Joy is the EDM duo’s interpretation of the world at large dealing with times of despair along with the dauntingly beautiful times. Overall, if you are a fan of their previous work then there is plenty to appreciate on World War Joy, considering the album sounds like much of their music from the past. The Chainsmokers steadily continue to attempt to keep their signature sound alive and they have successfully achieved that with another solid released to add to their discography.