18 Months Columbia ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS - JIM CAR­ROLL

Calvin Har­ris has be­come big box-of­fice of late on the back of choice, su­per-sized col­lab­o­ra­tions with Ri­hanna ( We Found Love), Florence Welch ( Sweet Noth­ing) and Kelis ( Bounce). All three of these chart-bust­ing tracks ap­pear on the Scot­tish DJ and pro­ducer’s third al­bum, along­side a slew of oth­ers des­tined to be­come hands-in-theair, barmy, screamy pop an­thems in time. What’s fas­ci­nat­ing about Har­ris is that he has al­ways had a pen­chant for great pop de­tails, so it’s telling that the weaker mo­ments here are when he at­tempts to mint harder, more ag­gres­sive tracks and fol­lows the EDM crowd. There’s a sense that Har­ris has over­played his for­mula when it comes to smash hits (vo­cal­ist plus syn­thy house beeps equals tune). But as this for­mula has be­come such a hugely lu­cra­tive one, it re­mains to be seen if he has the will and the means to rip it up and start again. calv­inhar­ Down­load tracks: Sweet Noth­ing, We Found Love

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