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Better 18 Years Ago
on 21 February 2015
I'll admit that when I first heard Calvin Harris, I put him down as some kind of novelty act. "Acceptable In the 80s" reminded me a little too much of Electric Six for me to be sure he was a credible artist and "Ready For the Weekend" had him coming across, at least to me, like a club DJ without much originality. Such is my knowledge of modern music that as soon as I decide he's not worth keeping an eye on, he then goes and works with Kylie Minogue and Rihanna and I find myself having a look at the bandwagon a little too late and playing catch up, as usual, coming in at the point of Harris' third album, "18 Months".
When my enjoyment of this album is lacking, maybe the fault is mine. What Calvin Harris does, he seems to do very well. But it feels as if he's found a formula that works for him and doesn't vary it a great deal. The last couple of tracks were slightly different, but for the most part, this is an album characterised by some strange 1980s computer game sound effects and some pumping 1990s style dance sounds. Many of the tracks here are very well put together, but they sound to me as if they were very well put together 18 years ago, rather than over the last 18 months. It's almost as if Calvin Harris has found a genre he really likes, but has then fallen into imitation of that genre rather than using it to inspire him.
For anyone who remembers the 1990s club scene with fondness, or has heard some of the singles from the album and liked them, you'll enjoy the album as a whole, as it's simply more of the same, plus a few tracks of filler. You get 15 tracks and 51 minutes of a nightclub scene and, depending on your nightclub, once you've added drinks from the off licence over an evening, this may actually turn out to be cheaper and less sweaty than a night out for the same music. However, once you start getting older as I have, this is far too much damage on both the ears and the wallet than I'm able to handle
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