David Guetta – Listen (Deluxe)
July 2, 2015
Upon the first spin of David Guetta’s new album Listen (Deluxe Edition), it becomes quite clear why previously released singles “Bad” and”‘Shot Me Down” are kept apart from the main album listing for Listen and added as bonus tracks.
David Guetta’s style is usually a mix of pop meets EDM. But let’s face it, the vast majority of pop music these days contains some sort of EDM styling.
The latest from the French producer see’s an 18 track album that features a vast range of talented vocalists. Including Sam Martin, Emeli Sande, John Legend, Skylar Grey, and bands like The Script and Nico & Vinz to name a few.
Just like Guetta’s previous works, each track features guest vocal artists, which is an easy way to get more radio play – but it’s a trick that works well, and hardly ever backfires.
Each track on Deluxe clocks in at roughly three to four minutes long, leaving you on your feet and ready for the next song.
Throughout the album, it’s evident that Guetta’s production is designed to please and bring people together. The arrangements sound inclusive and accessible, and a handful of tracks stick out to help deliver another win for Guetta.
Hit single “Lovers On The Sun” swaps the LP’s pleasantries for baffling verses courtesy of Sam Martin and brash standoff guitars. “Dangerous” brings an elastic, tense vocal alongside entrancing synth-string work giving the tune direction and a great quality.
All in all, the LP’s infectious feel will go down a favourite with commercial EDM fans. Listen brings something diverse with each track and is sure to dominate the dance charts. Unfortunately though, in an effort to generate appeal to such a broad audience, the album is a mostly mediocre effort from the talented French producer.