(2012) 18 Months

Calvin Harris

... read moreWhile Calvin Harris had a pretty good career going already as a dance-pop singer and producer with two albums and a fair number of hits under his belt, his 2011 collaboration with Rihanna on “We Found Love” gave his profile a stratospheric boost. On 18 Months, so titled because that’s how long it...

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46′:31″ 14 Songs

1
Green Valley
Calvin Harris
1:48
2
Bounce (Radio Edit)
Calvin Harris
3:42
3
Feel So Close (Radio Edit)
Calvin Harris
3:26
5
We'll Be Coming Back
Calvin Harris
3:56
6
Mansion
Calvin Harris
2:08
7
Iron
Calvin Harris
3:40
8
I Need Your Love
Calvin Harris
3:58
9
Drinking From The Bottle
Calvin Harris
4:03
10
Sweet Nothing
Calvin Harris
3:35
11
School
Calvin Harris
1:47
12
Here 2 China
Calvin Harris
2:33
13
Let's Go
Calvin Harris
3:53
14
Awooga
Calvin Harris
3:55
15
Thinking About You
Calvin Harris
4:07
Released 29 October 2012, ℗ 2012 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Review

While Calvin Harris had a pretty good career going already as a dance-pop singer and producer with two albums and a fair number of hits under his belt, his 2011 collaboration with Rihanna on “We Found Love” gave his profile a stratospheric boost. On 18 Months, so titled because that’s how long it took to be made, Harris steps away from the microphone for the most part in favor of a cast of famous friends and acquaintances to create an album that plays like 50 minutes of mainstream radio pop. The basic template of the album’s sound can be found in “We Found Love,” with its melancholy and romantic lyrics, impassioned vocal build-ups, and pounding techno beats all coated with layers of shiny synths. The success of each effort rests on the vocalist and how well they can fit their style into the Harris sound. For example Ellie Goulding’s icy innocence on “I Need Your Love” works far better than Florence Welch’s desperate wail that pushes “Sweet Nothing” over the top. Elsewhere, Kelis’ sassy and assured work on “Bounce” is fresh and fun, and Ne-Yo’s smooth croon complements “Let’s Go” perfectly. 18 Months shows Harris to be a solid producer with an easily identifiable sound. ~ Tim Sendra