Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1

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More of a collection of summer singles than an album...

          The highly anticipated Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1  from Calvin Harris finally dropped last night 3 years after the release of Motion. The main difference between both albums is that Motion had much more variety making each song on the album unique, while his new album FWBV1 sounds like the same beat tweeked slightly over and over again. The huge list of features that include: Frank Ocean, Pharrell Williams, Schoolboy Q, Khalid, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Travis Scott, A-Trak, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Future, Big Sean, Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj and more to name a few may be a worthy distraction for the average listener, but not for a fan who still believes in the integrity of an album. It's just a slew of similar singles with different lyrics and voices that the radio is going to eat up and drive you crazy all summer.

FWBV1 begins with what is sure to remain the fan favourite "Slide" with Frank Ocean and Migos. Even though this song was the first to be released (great marketing by Calvin) and is mostly likely being butchered by the radio being played almost every time you blink, but as a stand alone track it's fire. With the hard task of following "Slide," the song "Cash out" with Schoolboy Q, PARTYNEXTDOOR and DRAM keeps up. Thank god for Schoolboy Q's verses and PND on the hook who do wonders over the catchy beat where DRAM finishes it off. The same beat continues for "Heatstroke" where Young Thug makes it worth a listen. "Rollin" is another stand out on the project  with Calvin riding the Khalid wave on this one with Future assisting in two autotuned verses. At around the fifth track, "Prayers Up" is where you may start getting sick of the beat since you've just heard the same beat four times. "Prayers Up" is a chilled out song, which is odd when both Travis Scott and A-Trak are on a track. Though it's a decent song, I was hoping for more scratching from A-Trak. "Holiday" goes unnoticed as it competes with "Prayers Up" for most mellow song on the album with not even Takeoff able to make the song 'take off.' The seventh single is "Skrt On Me" with Nicki Minaj where it has her singing with a fake Caribbean accent and then rapping aggressively creating a weird contrast that just does not work. "Feels" is another pop song having Katy Perry on the hook with the tropical video found below. In "Faking It," Kehlani appears on the second last song of the project where the overall sound changes from the bunch. Kehlani sings about heartbreak with Lil Yachty stepping in for the last verse, but I think Kehlani could have held this down solo dolo. The last song attains the biggest surprise feature with Canadian singer Jessie Reyez who gained popularity with her song "Figures." She continues the theme of heartbreak (weird way to end a project) singing about imperfection and the difficulty in love. Shout out to Calvin Harris reaching out to an up and coming Canadian singer though who is killing it right now. So in conclusion, it's a project full of identical singles (other than the last two tracks) that will soundtrack your summer on the radio. I'll be sure to check in a couple months with those who love this album to see if your opinion has changed since i'll be sure to move on from this immediately and get back to Vince Staples' album.

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