by: Rachel Narozniak
Jun 10, 2022
Nearly one month to the date of So Far So Good‘s May 13 release, The Chainsmokers are providing the first preview of the deluxe version. The deluxe album format has long been embraced across genres—pop, in particular. A means of stepping back into the LP’s sound and feel, the deluxe format is an auxiliary, and for artists like The Chainsmokers, it’s the stick with which a creative can draw a line in the sand, however faint.
Upon the revelation of So Far So Good, Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall told Apple Music that the project’s lack of featured collaborators was a choice aimed at defining what The Chainsmokers sound like now, in 2022. “I think we really wanted to put out an album that’s like, this is The Chainsmokers,” Taggart said in an interview with Zane Lowe.
The decision effectively ousted an ID initially known as “Emotion“—originally part of Dancing Astronaut‘s most-anticipated IDs of 2022—from the So Far So Good tracklist, owed to its status as a joint project with Ship Wrek. And listeners noticed. In fact, the short-but-sweet social campaign for the song, since christened “The Fall,” was a shuffle of fans’ comments, the wording different, but the sentiment the same: “When is ‘Emotions’ coming out?” The answer is now apparent to everyone, as the single—three years in the making, per The Chainsmokers—hits digital streaming platforms as the first of three tack-on So Far So Good tracks to come on the deluxe version of the LP.
Sonically, “The Fall” is a seamless, natural extension of much of what was heard on The Chainsmokers’ fourth full-length album. Judging by the sound of “The Fall,” in its somewhat tweaked final form, that line in the sand is indeed faint, but it’s useful. With it, The Chainsmokers are able to preserve the collaboratively unadulterated character of their first album in three years while increasing its impact. “The Fall” dovetails below.
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