Written by: Jack Patterson and Sam Romans
Produced by: Clean Bandit and Mark Ralph
Album: What Is Love?
UK release: May 2016
UK chart peak: 5
Maybe because there was a slight line-up change immediately afterwards, maybe because subsequent hits went on to eclipse it; but Tears is the song Clean Bandit seem to have shoved to the back of their discography over the last couple of years. Which is FOOLISH!
I’d argue it’s their best. Here the group are in full I Will Survive mode, all defiant lyrics and tears-at-the-disco production; and it’s the second half in particular when it all kicks up a gear – taking the standard ‘plonky piano and sweeping strings’ recipe that shot them to stardom, and adding a slight glitterball-friendly edge. Louisa – here only a few months on from winning The X Factor – feels right at home on vocal duties, too.