The Chainsmokers Heal The “Sick Boy” Wounds With Fantastic New Emily Warren Collaboration: "Side Effects"
If only The Chainsmokers had listened to the wise words of the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” saying they would have saved themselves these awful days in their career.
The DJ-production duo had a really rough time this first half of the year amassing flop after flop with the songs of their “Sick Boy” EP. Although the same team of writers were behind these early-2018 songs, for some reason The Chainsmokers decided to alter somewhat their signature sound and sing themselves more in these new songs, in contrast to the many collaborations they unleashed in the previous years. The result? Everything flopped. The Chainsmokers went from topping the charts to getting easily expelled from the Top 100 on iTunes.
But The Chainsmokers quickly entered in damage control and knew they needed to amend this mistake before it was too late and their career was critically damaged. So what have they done? They’ve gone back to their old sound and relying on other singers again. Last week they released a new song (the first since the extinction of the “Sick Boy” era) titled “Side Effects”, which was written by Emily Warren and who also features her as the main vocalists. Emily also lent her vocals for 2015’s “Until You Were Gone” and 2017’s “Paris”, but has also wrote several of The Chainsmokers’ most popular hits.
“Side Effects” is a powerful electronic song, with a retro flair, where Emily sings of not being able to fully forget a former lover yet. “It's 4AM, I don't know where to go / Everywhere is closed, I should just go home, yeah / My feet are taking me to your front door / I know I shouldn't though, heaven only knows that / Oh, the side effect to my loneliness is you”, she sings in the first verse setting the tone for the rest of the song. Didn’t you also find the “the side effect to my loneliness is you” line to be simply too amazing? It really stuck with me after finishing my first listen to this song. Emily is such a pro songwriter.
This song is infectious, the lyrics are just too clever, and this is what The Chainsmokers needed to release after their last album and not that “Sick Boy” mess.