Two days ago, Scottish DJ-producer, Calvin Harris, released his fourth studio album. In Motion, available now, we hear the familiar euphoric beats found in 18 Months. With hits like Under Control, Blame, and Summer on the track list, it is no surprise that the album has already climbed to #2 on the iTunes sales chart. However, it is due to the overwhelming similarity to Harris’ last album that makes Motion seem to be a play-it-safe crowd pleaser instead of an innovative game-changer.
Do not get me wrong. I’m arguably one of Calvin Harris’ biggest fans; he is the reason I started DJing in the first place. However, I expect the highest paid DJ in the world to push the envelope just a little bit more.
Despite its shortcomings, what sets this album apart from previous works is its undeniable variety. While past records stuck to distinctive styles, this time around, there is a wider range of genres present. Moreover, with strong vocals from artists like John Newman and Ellie Goulding and powerful collaborations with DJs such as Ummet Ozcan and R3hab, Motion will definitely leave followers yearning for more.
All in all, Motion delivers what is expected of a mainstream EDM album and lives up to Calvin Harris fans’ standards of quality and creativity.