Lack of creativity in their new, self-titled album causes a downturn for up-and-coming electronic pop band DNCE
You hear their feel-good lyrics all the time on the radio, so it is pretty surprising to think that DNCE released their debut single “Cake by the Ocean” just last year. Following their EP “Swaay,” which was also backed with the popular “Pay My Rent” and “Toothbrush,” the clearly successful band finally released their first complete, self-titled album on November 18, 2016.
Their fun-loving dynamic remains evident in their electric-rock-pop vibes—especially in their lyrics. DNCE strikes again with their mindless messages in the rap-meets-electro “Blown” (after all, the first six words of the song are “I stalked you for so long”) featuring Kent Jones, as well as “Good Day,” both of which boast the band’s typical upbeat tempo. Electronic beats that mirror their first debut single are also evident in their newer tracks, “Zoom” and “Doctor You,” while “Be Mean” and “Naked” hint at more alternative tones.
Rather disappointingly, though, the album does not have much variety, containing songs that lean more towards the party-pop genre. In addition to “Toothbrush,” these songs include “Body Moves,” “Pay My Rent,” and “Unsweet.” Lead singer Joe Jonas’ signature falsetto is also present in all four, which backs the good-mood feel the band has established pretty much since their first single. I guess you could argue for their effort in staying true to their style. But honestly, a little more creativity would be nice.
The only songs that show even a remote difference are ones backed with simple acoustics and honest lyrics, which are great…if only there were more than two. These tracks, “Truthfully” and “Almost,” gives some dimension to the band, running at a slower tempo with a more mellow melody line. “Almost” in particular seems to imitate a One Direction track, though. Although nothing is perfect, and the inclusion of these tracks already improved the album by a significant amount.
In all, the innovation of DNCE’s songs fall short on this album, making them enjoyable to listen to not on endless repeat on Spotify, but only occasionally in the radio of your car. Granted, they have only been in the music industry for a year. Hopefully, their future albums will be a little different—and a little better.