Clean Bandit – ‘New Eyes’

Clever classical aficionados overdo the smug strings on their debut

Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’ – which delivered a fusion of house and classical music when it was released back in January – was a Number One single. It worked because it sounded heartfelt, rather than contrived. Sadly, that can’t be said for the rest of the Cambridge band’s debut album ‘New Eyes’. Several songs here – the execrably smug ‘Mozart’s House’ among them – give the impression that the classical strings have been thrown into the mix because that’s what Clean Bandit do, rather than in service to the song. These 13 relentlessly polite servings of strings and beats add up to a double lesson in geography teacher house. There’s melody and slick production throughout, but all the life and soul of an accountancy website.

Ben Cardew

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