Friday, September 04, 2009

Album Review: David Guetta - One Love (3.5 / 5)


It seems French DJ, David Guetta is to today's music what hip-hop producer, Timbaland was 2 years ago. One Love, is the DJ's fourth album and it's already landed him 2 #1s--"When Love Takes Over" with Kelly Rowland and "Sexy Bitch" with Akon.

What makes, One Love, a very exciting fourth album is star studded line up of features. There are at least 5 different ones I can pick out. But what makes the album seem a tad leaden, is the lengthy 16 track (18 if purchased from iTunes) set, which throws off all signs of consistency, however it still is packed with more than a handful of great dance tracks.

The albums best tracks are scattered around on the first half. The vibrant, European dance-pop inspired "When Love Takes Over" (Kelly Rowland) is the opener, following is "Gettin' Over" (Chris Willis) staring out a whimsical set of different synth chords with Willis' vocalizing over the top before ascending into a dark clubby rooted composition. Next up is the current single "Sexy Bitch" (Akon) which is among the albums best tracks, it's an established club banger.

For "Memories" (Kid Cudi) Guetta shows some signs of orchestration, starting out with repetitive piano keys--taking place behind the pacing rocky bassline and tambourines, Cudi sounds really weird but lets up on the chorus, which features nothing more than Cudi's attempts at ablibbing. It's a pretty awesome track. The overall ambiance is quite dark, but it is something I would listen to over and over again. "On the Dancefloor" (Will.I.Am) features some sharp synths, recurring hand claps and a drum styled bassline that holds up. Kelly Rowland makes a second appearance on "It's the Way You Love Me." The chorus isn't as catchy as "When Love Takes Over" but it's still pretty good--it features some nice harmonies.

Rowland pops up again on the subdued electronic "Choose" this time with Ne-Yo. They both sound good on here, but it's pretty missable for me--which introduces us to the albums weaker second half. "How Soon is Now" (Sebastian Ingrosso, Dirty South & Julie McKnight) spruces up a fine piano fronted bassline, but there's not much else to be accounted for. There's no chorus that sticks and the verses are messy. There's a remix of Black Eyed Peas' monster hit "I Gotta Feeling" which I don't particualy care for and Will.I.am's second apperence on the energetic "I Wanna Go Crazy" definately lives up to it's title as he sounds like a maniac on the verses.

There are a couple of good ones within the second half. The title track "One Love" (Estelle) isn't bad, it had a great melody, nicely backed with recurring hi-hats, before it emerges into a more upbeat composition. The heavily synth fronted "Sound of Letting Go" (Chris Willis) and the less energetic and some what urban nutured "Toyfriend" (Wynter Gordan--know for her apperence on Flo Rida's "Sugar") aren't bad either.

I suspect, One Love, could've been better, there are so many songs--especially on the second half that could use some re-working, but with that said, the album still managed to deliver some great dance tracks eveneing out the ratio between its lacklusters and hard hitters.

Best: When Love Takes Over, One Love, Sexy Bitch, Memories, On the Dancefloor, Toyfriend

4 comments:

Paul said...

I haven't listened to the whole album yet, but i definitely will pick out the good stuff after reading this. I love the first two singles...

J.Mensah said...

The first two singles are great =] There are definately a handful of great tracks on there, although I haven't met anyone yet who's genuinely loved the whole album.

ww_adh said...

I agree there are some good tracks, but overall not a great album.

J.Mensah said...

Eeexactly!