Calvin Harris has got the formula down with his newest album, “18 Months.” The Scottish DJ’s catchy electro beats have high energy and low experimentation, but they clearly work based on the popularity of two familiar tracks, “Feel So Close” and the Rihanna hit, “We Found Love,” both of which aren’t by any definition new — but they appear on the album anyway. In terms of new tracks, the album’s breakout hit will probably be the spazzy but infectious single, “Here 2 China,” a collaboration with Dizzee Rascal that has the one solid rap on the album. Other big guest appearances include catchy vocals from Ellie Goulding on “I Need Your Love,” and the typical shenanigans from powerhouse vocalist and resident crazy lady Florence Welch on “Sweet Nothing.” If you want to get a sense of what our venerable frat institutions will be blasting this winter, listen to “18 Months.

3.5/5 Stars


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