New Eyes

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New Eyes
Clean Bandit - New Eyes.png
Studio album by
Released30 May 2014 (2014-05-30)
Recorded2010–14
Genre
Length50:28
LabelAtlantic
Producer
  • Jack Patterson
  • Grace Chatto
Clean Bandit chronology
New Eyes
(2014)
What Is Love?
(2018)
Alternative cover
Special edition cover
Special edition cover
Singles from New Eyes
  1. "A+E"
    Released: 7 December 2012
  2. "Mozart's House"
    Released: 29 March 2013
  3. "Dust Clears"
    Released: 19 July 2013
  4. "Rather Be"
    Released: 17 January 2014
  5. "Extraordinary"
    Released: 16 May 2014
  6. "Come Over"
    Released: 8 August 2014
Singles from New Eyes (Special Edition)
  1. "Real Love"
    Released: 16 November 2014
  2. "Stronger"
    Released: 19 April 2015[1]

New Eyes is the debut studio album by English electronic music group Clean Bandit, released on 30 May 2014 by Atlantic Records in Germany and Ireland, and 2 June 2014 in the United Kingdom, after suffering from several setbacks.[2] The album includes the singles "A+E", "Mozart's House", "Dust Clears", "Rather Be", "Extraordinary" and "Come Over". New Eyes was produced entirely by group members Jack Patterson and Grace Chatto. The album peaked at number 3 on the UK Albums Chart and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry for shipments of 100,000 copies.[3]

Background and release[edit]

The album was named after Noailles, a neighbourhood of Marseille in France where band members Jack Patterson and Grace Chatto regularly visit on holiday.[4][5]

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "A+E", was released on 7 December 2012 and features vocals from Kandaka Moore and Nikki Cislyn. It was their first appearance on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 100.[6] "Mozart's House" was re-released on 29 March 2013 as the album's second single. The track includes part of the String Quartet No. 21 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The third single, "Dust Clears" was released on 19 July 2013, featuring vocals from Noonie Bao.

"Rather Be", featuring vocals from Jess Glynne, was released on 17 January 2014 as the album's fourth single and spent four weeks at number one in the UK, selling over 1.1 million copies since release.[7][8] The album's fifth single, "Extraordinary", features vocals from Sharna Bass and was released on 16 May 2014. The album's sixth single, released on 8 August 2014 after the album's release, was "Come Over" and features vocals from Stylo G.

A seventh single, titled "Real Love", was released on 16 November 2014[9] as part of the special edition re-release of New Eyes. It is a joint single with Jess Glynne.[10]

The album's eighth and final single, "Stronger", features uncredited vocals by Alex Newell and Sean Bass and was released on 13 February 2015.[11] It was originally released on 22 November 2014, featuring uncredited vocals from Olly Alexander, the lead singer of Years & Years.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic59/100[12]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[13]
Clash3/10[14]
Digital Spy4/5 stars[15]
The Guardian2/5 stars[16]
Mixmag3/5[17]
musicOMH4/5 stars[18]
NME5/10[19]
The Observer3/5 stars[20]
Q4/5 stars[12]
Time Out London4/5 stars[21]

Upon release, New Eyes received mixed reviews from music critics. According to Metacritic, the album received an average score of 59/100 based on 11 reviews.[12] Lewis Corner for Digital Spy gave the album 4 out of 5 stars and praised the album, commenting that Clean Bandit have "delivered a shimmering debut that follows the cardinal rules of pop: great melodies, simple messages and plenty of hooks".[15] The Guardian writer Alexis Petridis gave them album 2 out of 5 stars commented "They think they can save dance music but have no hooks, songs or lyrics – just dodgy string arrangements". He also noted that the album might have worked better as an instrumental album, partly due to its "uniformly awful" lyrics and that the group could be "capable of making a far more interesting album".[16]

Joe Zadeh for Clash magazine gave the album a 3 out of 10 and described the classical elements of the album as "independently pleasing" but also commented that its "magpie production makes for a mess of a debut album...".[14] Kate Mossoman of The Observer gave the album 3 out of 5 stars and noted that "New Eyes is proof that you can get away with pretty much anything as long as you're clever about it. Even in its more ordinary moments, it's still a classical gas."[20] Nick Levine of Time Out London gave the album 4 out of 5 stars and described it as "classy" sounding and also "warm, inviting and frequently very catchy".[21]

Track listing[edit]

New Eyes – Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Mozart's House" (featuring Love Ssega)
Jack Patterson3:50
2."Extraordinary" (featuring Sharna Bass)
4:17
3."Dust Clears" (featuring Noonie Bao)
  • Patterson
  • Chatto
  • Napier
Patterson4:27
4."Rather Be" (featuring Jess Glynne)
  • Patterson
  • Chatto
  • Napier
  • Nicole Marshall
  • Patterson
  • Chatto
3:48
5."A+E" (featuring Kandaka Moore and Nikki Cislyn)
  • Patterson
  • Chatto
Patterson4:07
6."Come Over" (featuring Stylo G)
  • Patterson
  • Ralph[a]
3:43
7."Cologne" (featuring Nikki Cislyn and Javeon)
  • Patterson
  • Ralph[a]
4:06
8."Telephone Banking" (featuring Love Ssega)
  • Patterson
  • Chatto
  • Kiwanuka
Patterson3:51
9."Up Again" (featuring Rae Morris)
  • Patterson
  • Ralph[a]
  • Andy Gangadeen[b]
  • Nick Cohen[b]
4:21
10."Heart on Fire" (featuring Elisabeth Troy)
  • Patterson
  • Ralph[a]
4:02
11."New Eyes" (featuring Lizzo)
  • Patterson
  • Ralph[a]
3:46
12."Birch" (featuring Eliza Shaddad)
Patterson4:16
13."Outro Movement III"
  • Patterson
  • Chatto
Patterson2:01
Total length:50:28

Special edition[edit]

New Eyes – Special edition (bonus tracks)[23]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
14."Real Love" (with Jess Glynne)
3:39
15."Stronger"
  • Patterson
  • Clarke[b]
3:42
16."Show Me Love" (featuring Elisabeth Troy)
Patterson3:26
17."Up Again" (featuring Rae Morris) (Drumsound and Bassline Smith Remix)
  • Patterson
  • Chatto
  • Morris
 3:28

Note

  • "Stronger" and "Up Again" (Drumsound and Bassline Smith Remix) were later removed from digital versions of the album.
  • "Rather Be" contains the line "There's no place I rather be" and was used in "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride" from Lilo & Stitch.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of New Eyes.[27]

  • Noonie Bao – vocals
  • Sharna Bass – vocals
  • Grace Chatto – cello, producer, backing vocals, vocals
  • Nikki Cislyn – vocals
  • Wez Clarke – mixing, programming
  • Steve Dub – mixing
  • Stylo G – vocals
  • Jess Glynne – vocals
  • Jake Gordon – engineer
  • Lewis Hopkin – mastering
  • Javeon – vocals
  • Matt de Jong – art direction, design
  • Lizzo – vocals
  • Matt Maguire – viola
  • Kandaka Moore – vocals
  • Benedict Morgan – photography
  • Rae Morris – vocals
  • Jimmy Napes – vocals
  • Liam Nolan – engineer
  • Jack Patterson – producer, mixing, keyboards, piano, vocals, art direction, bass, body percussion, Sega Gamegear, steel drums
  • Luke Patterson – drums
  • Beatrice Philips – violin
  • Mark Ralph – co-producer, mixing
  • Florence Rawlings – backing vocals
  • Eliza Shaddad – vocals
  • Brett Shaw – engineer
  • Neil Amin-Smith – violin
  • Love Ssega – vocals
  • Anthony Strong – piano
  • Elisabeth Troy – vocals
  • Ian Watt – management
  • John Webber – mastering
  • Alistair White – management
  • Asher Zaccardelli – viola

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Dance Albums (ARIA)[28] 17
Australian Hitseekers Albums (ARIA)[28] 2
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[29] 67
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[30] 39
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[31] 35
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[32] 22
French Albums (SNEP)[33] 52
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[34] 31
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[35] 7
Irish Albums (IRMA)[36] 9
Italian Albums (FIMI)[37] 57
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[38] 45
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[39] 30
Scottish Albums (OCC)[40] 10
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[41] 72
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[42] 8
UK Albums (OCC)[43] 3
UK Dance Albums (OCC)[44] 1
US Billboard 200[45] 180
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[46] 6

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Poland (ZPAV)[47] Gold 10,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[3] Gold 239,342[48]
United States (RIAA)[49] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Edition(s) Label Ref.
Germany 30 May 2014
  • Standard
  • deluxe
Warner
[50]
Ireland
  • CD
  • CD+DVD
  • digital download
Atlantic
[51]
France 2 June 2014
  • CD
  • digital download
Warner
[52]
United Kingdom
  • CD
  • CD+DVD
  • digital download
Atlantic
[53]
Italy 3 June 2014 Digital download Warner
[54]
Spain
[55]
Japan 11 June 2014
  • CD
  • digital download
[56]
Canada 17 June 2014 Standard
[57][58]
United States Atlantic
[59]
United Kingdom 24 November 2014
  • Double CD
  • digital download
Special
[60]

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