enters the Billboard chart this week at #22
Spotify online listen
3.0 of 5.0 by allmusic
6th studio album
I always have a problem with the producer as artist labeling
every track on here has a featured artist
who knows what Guetta does
the tour will reveal him turning knobs and pushing buttons
he's a superstar now
most tracks "drop that beat" if that's what you're into
Bio - from allmusic
France's David Guetta belongs to the sparkling wave of DJs who combine Daft Punk's sleek house music with a pinch of electroclash's punch.
Guetta had been DJ'ing around France playing popular tunes, but his brain was particularly rewired in 1987 when he heard a Farley Jackmaster
Funk track on French radio. He taped the track, brought a copy to a gig, and promptly cleared the floor with it during one of his own sets.
Things loosened up a year later when acid house came to France and Guetta successfully promoted his own club nights. It was during one of those
nights in 1992 that he met Robert Owens, a Chicago-based house legend who was touring across Europe at the time. Guetta played Owens some of his
own tracks, and Owens picked one he liked enough to sing over. The result was "Up and Away," a minor hit that lurked in garage DJ crates for the
next four years.
Guetta's carefree attitude -- that he only produces good music while he's having casual fun -- kept the DJ from releasing anything until 2001's
"Just a Little More Love." The track featured American gospel singer Chris Willis, who met Guetta while on vacation in France. Another slow
burner, "Just a Little More Love," kept popping up in sets for the next two years, first in an electro version and later in a pumped-up Wally
Lopez remix. During this time, Guetta snuck out a bootleg remix of David Bowie's "Heroes," retitled "Just for One Day." Bowie gave the go-ahead
to release the track officially, and Guetta soon had a massive hit on his hands. Guetta featured the liberated boot on his first mix CD, **** Me
I'm Famous, named after Guetta's successful Ibiza-based party.
The fun-loving slacker DJ finally got around to releasing a collection of his own productions in 2004, Just a Little More Love on Astralwerks.
Guetta Blaster arrived that same year, followed by Poplife in 2007. Chris Willis sang lead vocals on the latter album, which spun off multiple
dance singles in multiple countries. **** Me I'm Famous: International, Vol. 2 was then released in July 2008, giving listeners a taste of the
stylish sounds that orchestrated Guetta's summer club events in Ibiza. A year later he released One Love, a platinum-selling album featuring the
singles "When Love Takes Over" with Kelly Rowland, "Sexy Bitch" with Akon, and "Gettin' Over" with Chris Willis.
In 2010, Guetta received five nominations at the 52nd Grammy Awards, two of them related to the One Love album and the other three for his work
on the Black Eyed Peas' massive worldwide hit "I Gotta Feeling." That same year, One Love was reissued as One More Love, featuring a bonus disc
of remixes and new tracks. A superstar guest list -- featuring Akon, Lil Wayne, Flo Rida, Usher, Chris Brown, and others -- would figure into
his 2011 release, Nothing But the Beat, but this time the DJ's songwriting was inspired by dramatic rock bands like Coldplay. In 2014, Guetta
released three singles on his own Jack Back label, all of which were rounded up on that year's Lovers on the Sun EP. Later that year Guetta
released his sixth studio album, Listen. Perhaps as a reaction to inadvertently finding himself a sort of unofficial godfather to the burgeoning
EDM movement, the album saw him branching out of his electro-house comfort zone, experimenting with elements of hip-hop, alternative rock, R&B,
and acoustic instrumentation, and featuring guest artists as diverse as Emeli Sandé, Sia, The Script, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Album Review - from allmusic
Strange that right after house and EDM broke, many of its leading names looked outside the genre for inspiration, including David Guetta, who
goes singer/songwriter with his 2014 effort Listen. That's singer/songwriter in the vocation sense, not the '70s sense, as big names like John
Legend sway the superstar producer toward their own style, which in the case of Legend's title track, "Listen," is elegant and exquisite R&B. In
the case of Nicki Minaj, it's sassy and sexy dancefloor business as "Hey Mama" shines with Afrojack on the assist; then there's Emili Sande
invoking the spirit of Nina Simone on the moving "What I Did for Love," or Sia going stark on the excellent "The Whisperer." Guetta does the
build, break, and drop thing on some cuts, while tastefully keeping other songs EDM free, but his major contribution when it comes to creativity
seems to be the inspired Black Eyed Peas and township jive mashing he does on "Lift Me Up" with Nico & Vinz plus Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Otherwise, he seems like a featured artist on his own album, which would be standard issue for other producers turned artist, but not Guetta.
the only thing that wasn't a dance track
and the only thing I like:
2. What I Did for Love
3. No Money No Love
4. Lovers on the Sun
5. Goodbye Friend
6. Lift Me Up
8. Bang My Head
10. Hey Mama
11. Sun Goes Down
13. I'll Keep Loving You
14. The Whisperer