LIVE: The Chainsmokers @ the Times Union Center, 4/21/17

April 26th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

EDM-pop crossover duo The ChainsmokersAndrew Taggart and Alex Pall – made their Greater Nippertown debut at Albany’s Times Union Center over the weekend.

The Chainsmokers have probably elicited the biggest (and most heated) divide between critics and fans since, well, Nickleback.

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Of course, non-fans weren’t likely to shell out the bucks for tickets, and the 8,000 fans in attendance seemed to thoroughly enjoy the show, from the opening “The One” to the encore of “Last Day Alive.”

The sixth tour stop in support of their debut album, Memories… Do Not Open, felt more than a little schziophrenic as they shifted from the opening DJ set to a live band segment (aided by a drummer and pair of keyboardists) and back again. And, naturally it was all accompanied by the requisite EDM arena production values – waves of stage fog, lots of flashing lights and an abundance of LED-screen graphics.

SECOND OPINIONS
Nick White’s review at EDMSauce
Brook Champine’s photographs at The Daily Gazette
Excerpt from Jim Shahen Jr.’s review at The Times Union: “After this the show fit a pattern of lengthy DJ passages highlighted by flashing strobe lights, smoke and Pall calling out every few minutes for everyone to scream, jump or raise their hands, with poppier fare performed in between. For EDM fans, I suppose the DJ portions of the show were fun, but non-EDM fans would not dig it. As for the pop tunes, ‘Bloodstream’ was lively. ‘Closer’ and ‘Young’ were solid, as well as the beneficiaries of loud singing along and crowd applause. While the group’s critics point out that Taggart is not the strongest pop vocalist, as a live singer he carries a tune reasonably well, and by smartly working within his own vocal limitations, keeps the material moving along and the fans engaged.”

The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers

Alex Pall

Alex Pall

Andrew Taggart

Andrew Taggart

Alex Pall

Alex Pall

Andrew Taggart

Andrew Taggart

The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers