Superstar French DJ David Guetta has re-released his 2011 album Nothing But the Beat with six extra tracks. Originally featuring worldwide hits Titanium, Turn Me On with Nicki Minaj and I Can Only Imagine with Chris Brown and Lil Wayne, it may feel like you heard it all before. You have.
The world dance King of Collaborations is adding to an already greatest hits-sounding collection of commercial tracks with Ne-Yo and Akon in Play Hard, Nervo in In My Head and Canadian duo Tegan and Sara in Every Chance We Get We Run, among others.
Sia returns for Wild One 2 with Nicky Romero and in the current single She Wolf (Falling to Pieces). Taped Rei is in Just One Last Time.
Question: is this another Guetta cash grab or is he just giving his fans what they want? Guetta has broken America big time. The only name missing from a very long list is previous collaborator Rihanna. That long list may be the problem. After a year of constant radio and TV play, it’s not exactly a fresh sound, it’s no longer ground breaking and the instrumental tracks don’t convince that Guetta is still cool or underground. Do we need the expletives on a dance record?
Play Hard doesn’t gel but sounds like two different songs hammered together. Sia needs to break free of Guetta’s electronic clanging. And I remain unconvinced that Minaj has any kind of talent beyond self-promotion. Her vocals sound like a herniated duck on helium. Only less tuneful.
Savouring some favourites, I nevertheless find myself skipping tracks all too often. RC
David Guetta Nothing But the Beat 2.0 tracklisting:
1. ‘Titanium’ feat. Sia
2. ‘Turn Me On’ feat. Nicki Minaj
3. ‘She Wolf (Falling to Pieces)’ feat. Sia
4. ‘Without You’ feat. Usher
5. ‘I Can Only Imagine’ feat. Chris Brown & Lil Wayne
6. ‘Play Hard’ feat. Ne-Yo & Akon
7. ‘Wild One 2’ feat. David Guetta, Nicky Romero, Sia (Edit)
8. ‘Just One Last Time’ feat. Taped Rai
9. ‘In My Head’ feat. Nervo
10. ‘Where Them Girls At’ feat. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida
11. ‘Little Bad Girl’ feat. Taio Cruz & Ludacris
12. ‘Sweat’ (David Guetta Remix)
13. ‘Crank It Up’ feat. Akon
14. ‘I Just Wanna F’ feat. Timbaland & Dev
15. ‘Nothing Really Matters’ feat. will.i.am
16. ‘Repeat’ feat. Jessie J
17. ‘Night of Your Life’ feat. Jennifer Hudson
18. ‘Every Chance We Get We Run’ feat. Tegan and Sara
19. ‘Sunshine’ (Edit)
20. ‘Lunar’ (Edit)
21. ‘What the F**k’
22. ‘Metropolis’ (Edit)
23. ‘The Alphabeat’ (Edit)