Review - David Guetta - Nothing But The Beat
David Guetta’s last studio set, “One Love” spawned quite a few singles worldwide, including “When Love Takes Over (ft. Kelly Rowland)”, “Sexy Bitch (ft. Akon)” [which became his biggest US hit with ease, peaking at #5 on the Hot 100), “Memories (ft. Kid Cudi)”, and “Who’s That Chick (ft. Rihanna)” – among others. To be honest, One Love was a MASSIVE album that I feel people didn’t even realize. Maybe it only had one top 10 hit in the US, but it made David Guetta the single most famous and sought-after DJ in the world. One could say it boosted his career, is, I guess, what I’m trying to say. Sadly (but not really), he lost his Grammy for Best Electronic/Dance Album to Lady Gaga’s “The Fame” that year. But, come one, what was going to beat that?
Well, after producing quite a few songs for other people (did I mention that he is now rather sought-after?), he is back with his latest studio album, and it seems that as with his last, he spared no expense in the guest vocalists category. This time around, in addition to the lovely beats provided by Mr. Guetta, we get to hear some of the best dance songs by the likes of Flo Rida, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson (you don’t necessarily think of her as a dance kind of girl, but she rocks it), Usher, Lil Wayne, Taio Cruz, Ludacris…the list goes on and on. Basically, anyone who is anyone is on this album, and even though it may look like Guetta simply reached into the Top 40 and picked out 12 or so random names and threw them on his album, they all do a very good job.
To be honest though, Guetta doesn’t really break a whole lot of ground here. Listening to each song, you know right off the bat who the producer is, and you know exactly what to expect. Now, I am not saying that that is a bad thing – in fact, I’m going to praise it. David Guetta has found a way to continue making (essentially) the same five songs or so, and we are all still entranced by it. I don’t anticipate this album to be quite as big as his last one (if first single “Where Dem Girls At” didn’t make it very long on the Hot 100, none of them will), but that doesn’t mean that it’s not as good.
Also, since WHEN has the US been a good source to look at to get your excellent dance music? NEVER.
Listen to: the entire album (except “I Just Wanna F”, which features Timbaland and the always fucking awful Dev).