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Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1

Calvin Harris

Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1

Fifth studio album from the Scottish EDM producer and DJ featuring guest vocals from Frank Ocean, Migos, Schoolboy Q, Young Thug, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande and more

ADM rating[?]

6.7

Label
Columbia
UK Release date
30/06/2017
US Release date
30/06/2017
  1. 9.0 |   All Music

    Funk Wav Bounces impresses not just with the marquee names, but with how effortless, communal, and fun Harris makes it all feel
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  2. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The Scottish record producer finds comfort — and a new sound — in anonymity
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  3. 8.0 |   NME

    The certified sound of summer 2017
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  4. 8.0 |   State

    An authentic sunny slice of LA living, with enough hits to trickle through the charts all summer long
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  5. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Funk Wav’s ladies emerge as the star pieces of their tracks. Whether it’s Ariana Grande floating through a heat wave or Nicki Minaj whining up while drenched in autotune, each of them sounds very at home inside Harris’ world
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  6. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Calvin Harris finally makes a record that doesn’t suck ass
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  7. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    A high-water mark for good vibes pop, reflecting the whimsical and collaborative spirit that is prevailing in pop music right now
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  8. 6.7 |   Pitchfork

    Rebranding himself as a kind of everyman Mark Ronson, the EDM superstar steps out from behind the booth with an album of 1980s-inspired boogie
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  9. 6.7 |   Paste Magazine

    Although the commercial motives behind Funk Wav are somewhat transparent, it’s hard to go wrong with those funky beats
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  10. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    By failing to transcend binary pop tropes, Harris undermines what could've been a creative reinvention
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  11. 6.0 |   Prefix

    Superstar DJ swaps one formula for another on summery but samey detour into funk
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  12. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    More Mark Ronson than Guetta in places. Most tracks here you can listen to without clenching your teeth together until they crack
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  13. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    An eclectic album not short of radio-ready tunes
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  14. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The $60m DJ corrals a firmament of stars from Rihanna and Pharrell to Lil’ Yachty for this somewhat apprehensive, understated 80s-tinged solo album
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  15. 6.0 |   The Observer

    While Funk Wav Bounces hits all the right notes, Harris strains to maintain the relaxed vibe
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  16. 6.0 |   The FT

    The songs are breezy and the A-list guests are marshalled effectively
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  17. 4.0 |   The Independent

    In many ways, it’s a typical contacts-book R&B exercise, with an impressive cast of guests (including Frank, Pharrell, Snoop, Nicki, Katy, Ariana and others) on a fairly underwhelming series of grooves
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