18 Months - Calvin Harris
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Nov 15, 2012
    80
    By the end of the year, expect Harris' star to steadily rise as 18 Months continues to devour the calendar-and the universe.
  2. Nov 15, 2012
    77
    18 Months has a certain set of goals in its sights, and Harris (alongside an all-star roster of vocalists and co-producers) resoundingly achieves these goals.
  3. Nov 19, 2012
    70
    18 Months neatly packs Calvin's hits from the last year and a half into a solid playlist.
  4. Nov 15, 2012
    70
    Of the nine songs that aren't singles already, four are cut from the same cloth as the hits: each one desperately vying to be the tune you most want to be dancing to when the realisation hits that you're out, the night is young, and everything is brilliant.
  5. Nov 15, 2012
    63
    Despite that variety [of male collaborations], 18 Months only deepens the impression that Harris is best when linked with a lady; his skills in that area are several times more developed than they are anywhere else.
  6. 60
    This album feels more like a deserved victory lap than a forward step or a new instalment, but apart from his sole vocal on 'Feel So Close', the victor seems oddly absent.
  7. Nov 15, 2012
    60
    18 Months shows Harris to be a solid producer with an easily identifiable sound.
  8. 60
    The poorest served is hapless Ellie Goulding, struggling against the hurtling momentum of "I Need Your Love"; more successful is Florence Welch on "Sweet Nothing".
  9. Nov 15, 2012
    60
    Harris's production has become increasingly homogenised and, despite the array of vocalists, everything here risks sounding the same.
  10. 58
    His new album is called 18 Months, but it doesn't sound like it took anywhere near that long to make.
  11. Nov 15, 2012
    58
    This album is less a monument to the human experience and more a harbinger of the rise of the machines.
  12. Feb 6, 2013
    50
    While 18 Months, Harris’s third solo full-length, is pretty much the hit-making monster that launched him in to the world spotlight, the truth of the matter is that it feels like a rather compromised vision of who he is an artist, sacrificing his quirkiness for a brooding new persona that starts to get stale over the course of a complete full-length.
  13. 50
    Unfortunately, tracks like [Rihanna's "We Found Love"] and, to a lesser extent, Welch's slightly crowded "Sweet Nothing" float like life rafts atop a sugary sea of tunes that will be the soundtrack of television commercials for months to come.
  14. Dec 13, 2012
    40
    this sounds like the soundtrack to the hell of cheese-ball Las Vegas bottle service clubs.
  15. Nov 21, 2012
    40
    In a half-hearted effort to dilute the homogeneity, Harris grouts 18 Months with flimsy instrumentals, as if to create the illusion of a proper album. He's not fooling anyone--maybe not even himself. [Dec 2012, p.108]
  16. Nov 15, 2012
    40
    For all the pop divas he has roped in, there's a veneer of cynical, laddy EDM, resulting in the kind of tracks Skrillex might come up with on an Ayia Napa booze cruise.
  17. Nov 15, 2012
    20
    18 Months has all the makings of a smash hit, but if you're looking for substance, you're better off looking elsewhere.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Duu
    Feb 4, 2013
    4
    This music is rather competently made, but 90% of the music is uninspired. This music was 100% made for the lowest common denominator listener, especially drunk college students. Considering the amount of talented singers on this album, they add almost nothing to the tracks which are inherently stiff and uninteresting music, with the levels to everything turned all the way up. The songs on this album have no appeal other than being really loud and regular, so that if you are trying to dance when drunk, you are likely to be able to dance on beat. This music is basically background music turned up really loud. Full Review »
  2. May 12, 2013
    10
    Just forget what the critics say, this album is AMAZING. Look at the user reviews for proof. This album is full of dance gems, which will never EVER be forgotten. Amazing album, really should have better reception! Full Review »
  3. Dec 15, 2012
    10
    Just seeing the greatest british artists and others(rihanna) and the special tune of Calvin Harris makes this album perfect. In the next album, he has to create more songs like Feel so Close, his voice is so deep and folk that stays wonderful with the electro Full Review »