For years David Guetta was one of the most sought after producers but in recent times he’s lost that spot to rival Calvin Harris who continually dominates the charts. His last album “Nothing But The Beat” was a critically acclaimed success introducing the world to many number one hits and summer anthems across 2011/12. Three years on and he’s finally ready to bring you new music but it may not dominate the soundtrack to your summer like you expect it to. “Listen” is a fairly disappointing album but it did have some big shoes to fill. The album begins strong with the energetic and infectious “Dangerous” (Feat. Sam Martin) that innovates with drums, bass and synths. Sam Martin is becoming David Guetta’s go to man after the success of “Lovers On The Sun” and I don’t blame him as his vocals are killer and bring a unique energy to electronic music. There needed to be more unique genre bending songs like these on the album because the majority of tracks lack originality and begin to sound repetitive quickly. The main culprits that fall victim to this are; “Lift Me Up” (Feat. Nico & Vinz, Ladysmith Black Mambazo), “Listen” (Feat. John Legend), ‘Bang My Head” (Feat. Sia) and “Sun Goes Down (Feat. MAGIC, Sonny Wilson). There is just so much of the same beat drops a person can take and these songs exceed the legal intake. Luckily Guetta still manages to impress with a few album highlights that may just become future summer anthems. “Yesterday” (Feat. Bebe Rexha) entices with a slick and powerful vocal delivery backed up with an original beat drop that clubs would eat up. Nicki Minaj and David Guetta never fail to impress and “Hey Mama” is an excitingly fresh track that takes it back to her urban roots and allows a ridiculously catchy brassy chorus to dominate your head. “What I Did For Love” (Feat. Emeli Sande) is a breathtaking piano ballad that allows a dance beat drop to take over during the chorus and surprisingly works extremely well.
David Guetta always has an impressive list of collaborations and two of the most anticipated ones were “Goodbye Friend” (Feat. The Script) and “S.T.O.P” (Feat Ryan Tedder”. Both are highly underwhelming to put it politely. These should have easily been the strongest tracks on the album as they are two of the industry’s most influential pop/rock vocalists and songwriters. But they are so generic and lack substance that I’m sat here still confused on what I just listened to. Also I think it’s time he gives Sia a rest because the two songs she features on this album are lackluster at best and don’t bring any of the magic that we are used to hearing from the duo.
I expected to fall in love with “Listen” almost instantaneously but I didn’t and with the majority of the album playing it safe and boring it’s no surprise that Calvin Harris is currently dominating the dance scene.