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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Scottish electronic producer features guest appearances from A-Trak, Big Sean, D.R.A.M., Future, Ariana Grande, Kehlani, Khalid, John Legend, Lil Yachty, Migos, Nicki Minaj, Frank Ocean, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Katy Perry, Jessie Reyez, ScHoolboy Q, Travis Scott,The fifth full-length release for the Scottish electronic producer features guest appearances from A-Trak, Big Sean, D.R.A.M., Future, Ariana Grande, Kehlani, Khalid, John Legend, Lil Yachty, Migos, Nicki Minaj, Frank Ocean, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Katy Perry, Jessie Reyez, ScHoolboy Q, Travis Scott, Snoop Dogg, Takeoff, Pharrell Williams, and Young Thug. Expand
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Feels
Hey! Not nothing ever last forever, no One minute you're here and the next you're gone So I respect you, wanna take it slow I need a mental receipt... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Jul 5, 2017
    90
    Funk Wav Bounces impresses not just with the marquee names, but with how effortless, communal, and fun Harris makes it all feel.
  2. Jul 7, 2017
    83
    Funk Wav Bounces isn’t the kind of album that’s going to change the conversation in pop music, but it doesn’t want to. All it wants to do is sit by the pool, release, let go, and have a good time.
  3. Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 is a triumph; a good-time album of wall-to-wall hits with a carefree, funky tropical feel and more than enough cool points to see him embraced by the hipster crowd as well as holding on to the pop kids.
  4. Jul 5, 2017
    67
    Even if the tracks sometimes come off as a parade of pop stars whose music has little to do with one another, Harris still manages to create a cohesive fusion that transcends genre. After all, at the end of the day, pop isn’t supposed to be that deep.
  5. Aug 11, 2017
    65
    At times, you catch a glimpse of a singer on the verge of something great, who is only able to suggest it due to limited time, space, or an aesthetic misalignment.
  6. Aug 14, 2017
    60
    The album is custom made for summer parties and long drives, just do not expect more out of multiple listens.
  7. 20
    It’s a typical contacts-book R&B exercise, with an impressive cast of guests (including Frank, Pharrell, Snoop, Nicki, Katy, Ariana and others) on a fairly underwhelming series of grooves.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Mar 17, 2022
    10
    The best album of the king of electropop! The vibe is insane and the collabs are so wonderful. Congrats, Adam. This is art
  2. Jul 27, 2019
    10
    This an Album that i would never be bored off , Just a cool summer Vibe project . PERFECT.
  3. Jul 5, 2017
    10
    One of his best piece of music work, i really love the rhythms, the lyrics and the collaborations. all of this songs need a music video MyOne of his best piece of music work, i really love the rhythms, the lyrics and the collaborations. all of this songs need a music video My favorites songs are Slide, Rollin, Feels , Cash out and Skrt on Me Expand
  4. Jul 6, 2017
    9
    One of the best albums I've heard this year, I love that funky sound that has, the rhythms, the collaborations, everything perfect, exceptOne of the best albums I've heard this year, I love that funky sound that has, the rhythms, the collaborations, everything perfect, except track 9, a genius and a musical growth in Calvin Harris, hopefully volume 2 equals great that this. Expand
  5. Jul 6, 2017
    7
    While not all R&B grooves hit the mark due to mis-casted singers, Calvin Harris' new album is a predominantly funky and universally laid-backWhile not all R&B grooves hit the mark due to mis-casted singers, Calvin Harris' new album is a predominantly funky and universally laid-back throwback to the retro style of the 80's. Expand
  6. Aug 16, 2017
    7
    Overall, this album is a nice departure from his usual style of electronic music, instead settling for a summery funky vibe that carries theOverall, this album is a nice departure from his usual style of electronic music, instead settling for a summery funky vibe that carries the record through about 80% of the track-list. Sure, it's easily digestible funky pop music, but there's a place for that in the mainstream market, with the likes of DJ Khaled acting as the main competitor to have the record of the summer. This album is such a vast improvement over the overlong mess of half-baked collaborations that was Grateful, but this isn't without its lows. Faking It loses most of the vibe and feel that makes this album such a good listen, and devolves to a meh-sounding Kehlani song with an ever-irritating Lil Yachty feature consisting of some of the most absurd struggle bars ever written. "Remember that time I put those pepperonis on your face / Made you a creature / Now I think about you every single time I eat pizza, ohh"... uh, sure. Great. His ad-libs and outro add nothing endearing to the track and are just plain annoying. Regardless, it's a good summer album and marks the start of a new style for Calvin.

    Best tracks: Cash Out, Slide
    Worst tracks: Faking It, Skrt On Me
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  7. Jul 11, 2017
    2
    I was quite surprised after seeing the score for this album because I was very disappointed with Harris' work. The first pitfall was the factI was quite surprised after seeing the score for this album because I was very disappointed with Harris' work. The first pitfall was the fact that the amazing This Is What You Came For was cut from the album. The second was the departure from classic electronic dance that Harris is known for. The third is the fact that Slide somehow was a single. Migos just need to stop and that high pitch elf singing is so annoying. There are two decent tracks on the album- those being Skrt on Me and Feels. I hope this is a blip for Harris. Expand

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