Calvin Harris is back with a hefty dance album. Now, for those unfamiliar with this artist, if you have been to a frat party, club, sporting event, seen a Pepsi ad, watched MTV, or listened to Top 40 radio in the past year, you are in fact familiar with this artist. So don’t worry about getting a new pair of dancing shoes with 18 Months, because it’s a new album that’s already overplayed.
It’s a good thing this album has such a generous run time, because if you shelled out for it, you may find yourself skipping over the first few tracks. Remember “Bounce?” It was a single almost a year and a half ago. “Feel So Close” comes in a close second for oldest song with a release date of August 2011. Don’t forget “We Found Love,” that one song featuring Rihanna that sounds like every other Rihanna song. Other singles the radio is slowly beating to death include “Let’s Go,” “We’ll Be Coming Back,” and “Sweet Nothing.”
Before I get into the other tracks on the album, you may be wondering why anyone would buy this album, considering that if they like these songs, they’ve probably already bought them. I am too.
The other songs on 18 Months are remarkably similar. You do have some decent dance tracks like “Awooga” and “Iron.” These are great for the avid rave-music fan, as they follow the build-up formula well and have all that synth goodness.
The highlight of the album is “We’ll be Coming Back,” which features British vocalist Example. It has a catchy enough beat, and Example’s vocals, as with most electronic projects he takes part in, are perfect.
The main problem this album has is that it has been released much too late. The singles were such sensations that they have been played to death, particularly the ones that have been released well over a year ago. The more recent ones, people are just as likely to be sick of since they still dominate Top 40 radio.
The bonus tracks on the deluxe version are nothing special. Just a few generic remixes and an extended mix of “We Found Love,” though why anyone would be clamouring for an extended mix of this tired track at this point is beyond me.
If you are a fan of the genre and are not going to buy the full album, I highly recommend “Awooga,” “Iron” and “We’ll Be Coming Back.” There’s no doubt in my mind that Harris has talent, he just should have offered fans more new material for their dollar.