New Eyes - Clean Bandit
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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the British quartet known for its fusion of classical and electronic music features guest appearance from artists such as Jess Glynne, Love Ssega, Stylo G, and Elisabeth Troy.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. May 28, 2014
    80
    Another triumphant reaffirmation of UK dance music's mass appeal. [Jun 2014, p.120]
  2. May 28, 2014
    80
    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.
  3. Jun 3, 2014
    65
    While there are hours of discussions to be had about whether "electronic/classical" hybrids can consistently sound good in a pop context, New Eyes provides ample evidence for erring on the electronic side of that split.
  4. May 28, 2014
    60
    Sometimes great, often fun, but mostly quite confused, it’s not a focused LP--though it’s certainly an expression of the oddness of 2014.
  5. Jun 10, 2014
    50
    It's not all bad, and sometimes the reverse is true, with the strings the best thing about the track; the opening figure from 'A+E' is very pretty and the violin rising up in 'Cologne' is melodious and elegant, but they both give way to more of the electro-flotsam.
  6. There’s melody and slick production throughout, but all the life and soul of an accountancy website.
  7. May 28, 2014
    30
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sep 3, 2014
    7
    New Eyes is a pretty album, dancing hits with classical influences. Rather Be is intense but it has defects and "Extraordinary" isNew Eyes is a pretty album, dancing hits with classical influences. Rather Be is intense but it has defects and "Extraordinary" is predictable. At least, it can be a option to listen when there isn't anything better. Expand
  2. Jul 30, 2014
    6
    New Eyes is a solid debut from a promising newcomer in house music, featuring mostly agreeable tracks (Rather Be and Heart on Fire areNew Eyes is a solid debut from a promising newcomer in house music, featuring mostly agreeable tracks (Rather Be and Heart on Fire are probably the best on the album), though the classical-cum-electronic sounds get boring after a while and the songs are hard to differentiate. Expand
  3. Oct 29, 2014
    5
    The two big singles (Rather Be and Extraordinary) are standouts but the album is left down by video game sounds in place of what is promised,The two big singles (Rather Be and Extraordinary) are standouts but the album is left down by video game sounds in place of what is promised, weak autotuned singers and silly lyrics. Expand