Calvin Harris
Ready For The Weekend


3.5
great

Review

by BSX USER (9 Reviews)
August 15th, 2009 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Taking note from 90s dance music, Calvin’s 2nd album is an improvement over I Create Disco.

Style: Electronica with dance and pop elements

The Rain is a stellar opening track and may remind some of Justin Timberlake’s Futuresex/Lovesounds. Calvin uses vocoder throughout the song adding to the dark trance feel of the song. Ready For The Weekend is one the catchiest tunes on the record, but the lyrics serves as sharp contracts to the upbeat tone of the music. Mary Pearce’s guest vocals are a throwback to the dance divas that came before her. The track Stars Come Out is classic Calvin because of the repetitiveness of the lyrics and music which instead of sounding lifeless have enough flare to keep it interesting. Like the opening You Used To Hold Me has a dark feel, Calvin’s echo adds to the dimension of feeling a loss he once had with the girl he sings the song too. The first track to feature a guitar and has Calvin singing in the most honest tone, Blue has a Gameboy musical quality to it. There is a strong rock feel as the progresses yet it doesn’t affect his delivery as he manages to keep the same emotional context until the end of the song.

Probably the strongest track on the record I’m Not Alone has a large than life rave quality to it. Like stepping into the neon and people filled warehouse for the first and just experience of it all with a max of others. The music has euphoric quality to it that makes it the highlight of the record. Flashback could rival the previous as being a hit on the dance floor. There’s a hint a sadness in Calvin’s singing and is one of the few tracks to feature a strong piano beat. Worst Day is a surprise in that you can hear a acoustic guitar being strummed through the track. Calvin lists the mistake of a relationship he really didn’t want to be apart of in the first place. Relax also has a prominent guitar playing that is slightly more complex than the previous track and adds a Latin vibe to the song against the cold computer beat. Limits has a stable yet interesting beat progression. Like the tracks before it there’s a depressing nature of the lyrics, however trying to form a emotional connection is difficult since Calvin sings with a vocoder.

Burns Night has a steady drum beat against high pitched notes creating a sleepy feel like that long walk/ride from for a party you barely remember and feeling that you’ve done things you’d rather not want to. Yeah Yeah Yeah La La La is a Jamiroquai-like song while Calvin tries his best to sing in falsetto but falls short, but the funk vibe makes up for it. Dance Wiv Me starts off with Dizzee Rascal rapping and being the main player on this track while Calvin takes a backseat to it all save for the hook. It’s a real letdown as he could’ve played a much larger vocal role than what he did thus, possibly creating, one of the finest tracks on the album. 5iliconeator features a slow piano beat throughout and has a similar feel Burns Night. Calvin doesn’t sing at all letting the listener focus solely on the music and nothing else.

There’s a big nostalgia quality with the mix uplifting, dark vocals, and production tricks of 90s dance music. Strangely the record reminds me of Hilary Duff’s Dignity because of the melancholy of the lyrics that dominate the album despite the upbeat musical sound. Calvin’s songwriting still needs refining to avoid the weak and cliché lines he sometimes sings, but there are beginning sings of improvement. The strongest aspect of this record is the production, mixing of the “old” with the current sound of today’s dance. However there’s a fair amount of Harris’ style in each song.

Recommended Tracks:
Blue
I’m Not Alone
Flashback
Worst Day
Burns Night



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Comments:Add a Comment 
BSX
August 16th 2009


1636 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

YAY!

Digging: Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint

Knott-
Emeritus
August 16th 2009


10198 Comments


god i hate this guy

plus he can't sing live

BSX
August 16th 2009


1636 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ummm ok

ohcleverhansyou
August 16th 2009


885 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

He can't sing at all, and I love it.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
August 16th 2009


3781 Comments


I see your tack by track in disguise! Just a tip, it's probably best to make general statements about the album's sound and use the songs or song elements as examples to back them up rather than describe songs one by one - it makes for far more interesting reads.

All that said, I've never been a big fan on Harris, he seems to always be one step behind everyone else when it comes to his work.

And and you totally have to read this, lol:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/aug/14/calvin-harris-twitter-meltdown

BSX
August 17th 2009


1636 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I know that the track by track explanation may turn people off, but it allows me to explain the good and bad within each. Whether the review is interesting is not of my concern, I review the album to help others who are on the fence about buying/listening to it.

P.S I hope he sees this review and remembers music isn't fame or awards.

Transient
September 5th 2009


1461 Comments


Goddamn, The Rain and Stars Come Out are so good for when you're pre-drinking.

BSX
September 6th 2009


1636 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

True I'm bumping Stars Come Out on myspace

Donkey
March 31st 2010


152 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you, but who forgot the album art?

BSX
March 31st 2010


1636 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You're welcome? I don't know if it's my computer or the system but album art hasn't been showing up on my current reviews. I think anyone can add album art though.

bloodybeer
December 14th 2010


31 Comments


Heard im not alone today from a friend and liked it, might check out the album.



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