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Calvin Harris, 18 Months
Columbia Records, Oct. 30

By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Scottish producer Harris’s third full-length artist LP will be remembered more for its incremental softening of today’s house-music sound than its hooks, which are good but a bit refried. More and more I’m hearing a trend toward progressive trance, which I have no problem with, while the top players fumble around looking for a sound that’s kickass-ish. The CSI goes thusly: Grime rapper Dizzee Rascal blows doors over “Here 2 China” in answer to Tinie Tempah’s lukewarm flows laid down for the equally tepid electro of “Drinking from the Bottle”; Florence Welch explores her trance-diva side in “Sweet Nothing”;  Ellie Goulding adorns the superball-bouncing “I Need Your Love” with her trademark breathy wisps; DJ Nicky Romero contributes laid-back vocals and spastic wub-wubs to “Iron.” The retro funk-electro “School” is unnecessary comic relief, a halfhearted David Guetta-style contribution to an imaginary Fat Albert soundtrack. B- — Eric W. Saeger





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