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Album Review

Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1

Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1

By: Chase Aulis

Calvin Harris is back and funkier than ever with his new album “Funk Wav Bounces Vol 1.” The album manages to hit extreme highs and extreme lows which is surprising for Calvin Harris because he usually manages to strike a high note through the whole set. While I love the direction that this album was going in, it seems to miss its mark on multiple occasions.

“Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1” starts out with “Slide (feat. Frank Ocean and Migos)”. Slide has quickly became one of my favorite songs of all time with its catchy hook and Frank Ocean’s melodramatic voice that makes you feel like you’re sad yet happy at the same time. Migos were a great choice to offset Frank and make the track pure summertime fun. Without Migos this track would just be another song on Channel Orange . The downside of this song is that it makes the listener want so much more than they are going to get in the coming songs.

“Heatstroke” follows, and let me tell you, that is exactly what it feels like when listening to this track. The vocals are very high pitch and get tedious to listen to after the first 30 seconds. I do not think anyone besides Calvin Harris has thought to combine Young Thug, Pharrell Williams, and Ariana Grande; thankfully no one else had. Individually, the vocalists are amazing and sound great, but together, it is way too much of the same vocal range. I am sure to hit skip every time I hear this song.

Just as the album hits a low, it immediately comes back swinging “Rollin (feat. Future & Khalid)”. It is a track that you listen to driving on the highway at 2 A.M. but don’t listen to a lot because it is kinda depressing. Future and Khalid are amazing together and are able to make the listener feel something deeper. Calvin Harris knows how to give a great atmospheric song for these artists to build on and they did just that.

“Prayers Up” and  “Holiday” are two tracks that I honestly forgot were on the album (which is only 38 minutes; I should forget nothing). They offer up just enough to make me not mad. These songs are something you hear and know all the lyrics to, but if someone asked you what you were singing about, you would not be able to tell them.

But they are followed by a hidden gem on this album; “Skrt On Me (feat. Nicki Minaj). I honestly don’t know how more people are not talking about this track because Nicki kills it from beginning to end and Calvin Harris provides some actual “Funk Waves” as the title promises. Be sure to give this track a listen even if Nicki Minaj is not your thing.

The next song is my official new summertime jam wherever I go,  “Feels (feat Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and Big Sean)”. It is a blast from beginning to end and I just want it to never end. There is something so satisfying about Katy Perry’s verse that I can’t quite put my finger on. I have listened to it about 100 time or more and I still blare it every time no matter what. The bass bounces and just makes you feel happy no matter what mood you are in. I think this will be a summertime classic for years to come.

“Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1” leaves me wanting more and wanting less at the same time. He could have only released his  singles as an EP and I would have been much happier. But it might just be me missing the old Calvin Harris which was much more focused on the EDM side of his music. The mix of highs and lows leaves me feeling dizzy by the end and not able to comprehend exactly what happened. It is hard to rate this track because of how well it manages to make me want to replay a song for hours at one point, then makes me want to delete a the track from my library completely the next.

Rating:  7/10

Favorite Tracks: Slide, Feels, Rollin’

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October 23rd, 2017

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