Calvin Harris
I Created Disco


4.0
excellent

Review

by Michael Robison USER (39 Reviews)
August 30th, 2008 | 13 replies | 7,631 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It’s a lonely Friday night. At least I have the funky Scottish beats of a Mr. Calvin Harris to create my own private party.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Calvin Harris’ retro, ironic sound makes me feel part hipster from the British Isles, part electronic nerd. The first five songs, and to a lesser extent the rest of Calvin Harris’ debut CD, I Created Disco, are a fun, inexplicably refreshing return to 80s synth noises and bass heavy funk.

Calvin Harris appeals to me in a number of ways. I immediately fell in love with him through the opening track, “Merrymaking at My Place” due to the simple, yet sharp bass line that runs throughout the song. Throughout the whole CD, Calvin Harris employs a heavy bass-usually synthesized-with a myriad of clever sounds in each song, ranging from spacey to punchy to moody.

I much prefer the songs with vocals to the instrumental tracks. Harris pits his lazy, subpar Scottish voice against various high pitched backing vocals, which makes a great blend of dry mock arrogance and over the top retro cheese.

Excuse me, dance break.

At his best (“The Girls,” “Acceptable in the 80s”), Calvin Harris uses structure as a powerful weapon. The intro of “The Girls,” where Harris toasts all the girls, transitions extremely well into the upbeat verse and chorus, before leading back to the intro with a subtle new layer of keyboards. It makes for a really cool song. Other times, his lack of focus derails the song (“Disco Heat,” “Neon Rocks,” “Electro Man”), the upbeat funk lost.

I Created Disco has a lot going for it: wit, zazz, mediocre but charming lyrics. The CD gets a little repetitive, and it loses the energized focus that made the first half so entertaining. But Calvin Harris, a 24 year old Scottish white boy, has made quite a few funky electronic songs, I look forward to what he does next.

Recommended Tracks: Merrymaking at My Place, This Is the Industry, Girls, I Created Disco



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AtavanHalen
August 30th 2008



17927 Comments


Review is okay, but a little short.
I loathe this man and his music.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 30th 2008



17920 Comments


i've always liked your reviews, nice

Kiran
Emeritus
August 30th 2008



6000 Comments


Sweet. Enjoyed the review enough to want to pick up this album.

JumpTheF**kUp
August 30th 2008



2710 Comments


Nice review, but how come you said that Acceptable in the 80s is one of the best but didn't recommend it? idk, that just seemed kind of weird.

TheStarclassicTreatment
August 30th 2008



2910 Comments


Saw him at a free music fest just before this came out (Saw Mazimo Park and some others too, was awesome) Anyway, I loved his live act, he's awesome, the album is nothing compared to him live (much like Keane tbh)This Message Edited On 08.30.08

ohcleverhansyou
August 30th 2008



885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I forgot to put Acceptable in the 80s on my recommended tracks, it seemed like I had so many songs on there already. When Calvin Harris is on, he's on.

Thanks for the comments and votes, it's been a while since I wrote anything.

Piglet
August 29th 2010



4651 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great record

Activista anti-MTV
September 24th 2011



3138 Comments


Nice review. Get some colours on

Adabelle
September 24th 2011



4215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Still love this.

jefflebowski
September 24th 2011



7346 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Merrymaking At My Place sounds like a budget LCD soundsystem

Digging: Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

Adabelle
September 25th 2011



4215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well seeing as he wrote each song on an ancient computer, that's reasonably accurate.

jefflebowski
September 25th 2011



7346 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this is budget in a bad way though

Adabelle
March 18th 2012



4215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like them Spanish girls, I like them Italian girls



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